Sub Dub Micromachine is an industrialized alternative metal act from Germany, similar to their fellow compatriots, Rammstein. The only big difference between the two is in the lyrics - Sub Dub Micromachine's lyrics are also fun and all that, but they just don't contain the vulgarity, shock value, and mind-numbness found in Rammstein. Musically though, the two bands are very similar.
Auferstanden! contains 11 songs of fun industrialized metal. It is meant for easy listening; most of the songs are about 3.30 long and to the point. Still, they contain many hooks, and the fast-paced style they are played in keeps things interesting till the end. Auferstanden! is fun, speedy, and the big chunky riffs that dominate the album are all well played out. Two songs that greatly differ from the rest of the album are the dark, almost sinister "Fly" and the slow, industrialized ballad (yes I know, "industrial" and "ballad" sound weird in one sentence, but Sub Dub Micromachine are able to make it work) "Slave Of My Mind". Both songs only benefit the album, giving it more diversity and making it all the more valuable. "Truth Is A Lie" is also a slower song, and while this album's weakest song, is still good enough.
A thing that I feel should be brought out too is the bass work. Both the guitars and bass are very low-tuned and deep sounding, but the bass is especially powerful. It's even a little bit Korn-ish in parts; it's exceptionally low-pitched and since the strings are very flaccidly fitted, the bass sound is very gurgling and growling. I can even take the Korn references a little further as while the style of Sub Dub Micromachine is alternative metal mixed with industrial elements then they do have a nu metal influence that is best (and probably only) shown in songs "Naked" and "No Time". Though, unless you are a close-minded ***, the nu metal influence is easily digestible since it’s very minor.
Auferstanden! is just an easy, speedy and plain fun industrialized metal album. It is an easy listen and doesn't need a lot of time to grow or digest; on the contrary, Auferstanden! packs a punch and strikes the listener on the very first listen with its energetic, up-tempo tunes. Fans of Rammstein, German metal scene, and industrialized metal should eat this up easily and it will be interesting to see where Sub Dub Micromachine goes from here.
Songs to try out before purchasing:
“Power’s Cummin’ Home”
Good review (just get rid of that first sentence about you not thinking of anything, it sounds dumb), although the fact you gave this a 3.5 makes it not too high on my list of things to get. I'll look on youtube at some tracks though and decide from there.
And you definitely did, but you referenced Korn (sadly another band I haven't heard before) and Rammstein a lot. Also, I'm really unfamiliar with the industrial genre. In fact, that Crossbreed album may have been my first listen to anything like that.
ok so i understand you don't know industrial that much - it isn't the most widely known genre, but how (just seriously tell me as i can't stop giggleing) on earth haven't you heard Korn? The inventors of nu metal? one of the most famous metal bands of all time (even though they are also criticised a lot - nu metal afterall haha)? In all seriousness, that doesn't ring a bell to you?