Of Machines
As If Everything Was Held In Place


4.5
superb

Review

by XXXpickemgenius USER (5 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2009 | 219 replies | 33,325 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Missionary position sex for the ear drums.

20 of 21 thought this review was well written

Of Machines is a post hardcore band that incorporates the normal scream/sing formula, and milk it to create a product that is a thoroughly entertaining from start to end. In other words; Of Machines have created a true work of art in their debut album As If Everything Was Held In Place.

Imagine if Dance Gavin Dance, Lower Definition, Secret and Whisper, Underoath and Saosin had crazy sex one night and had a baby. That baby would be Of Machines. They incorporate a variety of vocals and screams well, and make each track a different journey. Their ability to make this flow, and not sound completely horrendous makes this all the more enjoyable.


Their opening track(not including the Introduction) Things Too Visible To See is a great indicator of the solidness of the album. The track is heavy in the guitar department, sometimes overbearing, the drumming perfectly complements the guitars and bass without being overbearing, and forced. The bass is the accent to the track(and CD), and blends in genuinely to create a flow that feels so right. There are also some incorporated sound effects that add an extra aura to the track. What really makes this a phenomenal opening track are the vocals. Right off the bat the first thing you hear are some very clean screams, followed by some shockingly good clean vocals. The vocal layering in this track, and CD sends chills down your body, and gives you a sense of chaotic beauty.

The most unique track on the CD, Sailing Around The Room is the forth track(not including the Introduction)on the CD. Close your eyes and put your head down onto the carpet, desk, or wherever you are reading this at. Keeping your eyes closed is a necessity to fully get the simplistic, emotion of this track. You’ll hear some solid, not flashy drumming, guitar, and bass work, building up to something that just made me sit there and appreciate the raw emotion of the song. It kind of makes you feel like you are indeed Sailing Around The Room.


Overall, Of Machines’ debut As If Everything Was Held In Place does exactly the opposite of it’s name. It sends you on a simple, yet emotion filled, action packed ride, filled with above average work in all departments. The only potential thing that might turn some people off is that it’s a very heavy guitar CD, and you might say to yourself “haven’t I heard this riff before.” Seriously though, this is an insanely solid debut from Of Machines. One can only wonder how they’ll progress.

Pros:
Instrumentally above average in every aspect.
Vocals are emotionally charged,
Every track feels like a new experience.
Flawless use of build up.

Cons:
May be a bit guitar heavy for some.

Recommended tracks:
Things Too Visible To See
It Must Belong Somewhere
Reset, Reflect
Sailing Around The Room
As If Everything Was Held In Place.
Becoming Closer To Closure
Lost In Translation
Weaving The Values That Sustain Us
An Autobiography In Vivid Color Pt. 1


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Comments:Add a Comment 
XXXpickemgenius
March 3rd 2009



139 Comments


I view missionary position sex as two super churchy people get married and do it for the first time, and their experience is so pure, and full of emotion.

That was probably needed to explain the little Summary.


This album was way better then I would've guessed going into it.


It's 3/3/09 somewhere.


Also adding album art is failing at this moment.This Message Edited On 03.02.09

MassiveAttack
March 3rd 2009



2688 Comments


Its 3/3/09 here, your summary made me chuckle.

Note: Album art is going to fail for a few days, Sputnik staff are implementing security patches that have ceased updating album art.This Message Edited On 03.03.09

XXXpickemgenius
March 3rd 2009



139 Comments


k cool. was wondering if that was the reason why.

judges28
March 9th 2009



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album. not going to lie, have had this on repeat for about a day now

sspedding
March 13th 2009



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have just got this album, can't wait to listen. Seems Rise are doing something right, finally.

sspedding
March 13th 2009



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow

XXXpickemgenius
March 14th 2009



139 Comments


added album artwork finally.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2009



7022 Comments


Entertaining review, will check this out soon.

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2009



7022 Comments


"It Must Belong Somewhere" is so good, I love the DGD-like vocals.

XXXpickemgenius
March 16th 2009



139 Comments


It Must Belong Somewhere is the song I come out of the bullpen to in MLB 09: The Show.

MacWeener
March 24th 2009



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album to come out of late. Love it

AlexTM510
April 2nd 2009



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The most unique track on the CD, Sailing Around The Room is the forth track(not including the Introduction)on the CD...........It kind of makes you feel like you are indeed Sailing Around The Room.


No not really.-go listen to Thrice's water EP. Their probably better examples than mine.

Not a bad review but you should develop more on it. Like try and describe more tracks.....

This is a fun record-they got a really infectious sound-props to whoever produced this...but no lie that this is a bit overrated. And yea everything sounds ridiculous over polished.......and everything kinda comes out in the same crescendos/decrescendos.

I think they got room to grow though.



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Captain North
April 12th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Overrated, but it's a good album. The clean vox in particular is fantastic, especially on Becoming Closer to Closure.

BattleOfKadesh
April 17th 2009



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well, maybe it's not a 4.5, but i enyoyed the first listen. although i think that the sound was too bright, i mean, the cymbals are just anoying.
About the vocals, the clean vocals are great, but he sounds too much like jonny craig sometimesThis Message Edited On 04.17.09This Message Edited On 04.17.09

gaslightanthem
April 17th 2009



5209 Comments


that front cover is terrible

sspedding
May 2nd 2009



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not overrated, this is the best post hardcore album of 2009.

flexyourhead
May 13th 2009



3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this probably wouldn't be such a bad record if the production wasn't so over the top and fake sounding.

MacWeener
May 18th 2009



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think the production was done perfectly well, there are no ridiculous effects and his voice isn't auto-tuned beyond a joke like some bands have a tendency to do.
The whole album is immensely emotionally charged, so I don't see what could be fake or over the top about it, one of the best albums this year
Would be interesting to see if he can sing like that live though

MacWeener
May 18th 2009



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't expect them to look like such fags either, but fair dos if they can produce music like this

breesuschrist
June 8th 2009



736 Comments


This is so weird to see Of Machines being recognized on this site, because I've known every member of this band for the last few years through the bleak music scene of suburbville, georgia

but yeah, from seeing them numerous times live, i can say the singing is iffy at parts, but the instrumentation and screaming is generally spot on



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