American Me
Siberian Nightmare Machine


3.5
great

Review

by randomguitarist USER (6 Reviews)
November 14th, 2009 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: American Me's "Siberian Nightmare Machine" provides more of the same formulas and their signature sound in a tighter, more focused effort. In a scene filled with a lot of the same, it's good to know that you can count on American Me to keep it classy.

NOTE: If I were to give this an accurate rating, it would be a 3.8.

It's November and the so-called month of "Rocktober" has passed by. My iTunes is full of so much great new music, such as "Fed Through The Teeth Machine" and "The Great Misdirect", and other great albums, most of which are more progressive metal and other primarily heavy metal influenced acts. American Me released a very solid debut album, "Heat", in early 2008 and at the time, it really had me wanting more. They had such a raw aggressive sound that would also make a "bro" proud. The hardcore influence was more apparent than anything and surprisingly, I loved it. It was infectious because the music would come at you so fast and wouldn't overstay it's welcome, the songs were short and solid. The only thing I could have hoped for was more songs altogether, the album was just over half an hour (including the 11:54 second closer, which didn't need to be length that it is).

November 10th rolls around and I happen to surfing the net for some new music, so I checked out what Rise Records had to offer these days. Rise Records is primarily...well you know...Emarosa, Attack Attack!, The Devil Wears Prada, all that style of "metal". American Me had just released "Siberian Nightmare Machine" that very day and I was surprised that I had heard nothing about it. It was apparent that they were in the studio but nothing more than that. I got my hands on it within ten minutes of getting this news and at first listen, I knew by the first note, I was in for something special...

"Human Traffiker" comes in as I expected, at a million miles an hour. The beginning starts with their signature melodic hardcore/chugging guitar lines, and the vocals explode with vicious intensity. This song immediately showcases that American Me have stepped up their game, along with many bands this year. I like breakdowns, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a good breakdown but I also know a good one from a bad one. These breakdowns are catchy and always fast paced, even when it's slowed down in half time. "Death Squads" reminded me of earlier Converge mixed with Bury Your Dead (before they stepped their game down...). It also displays their hardcore roots much more than the opener, and the drumming provided some nice blast beats. "Infected" and "Die Faster" switches back into more melodic riffs and great breakdowns. I noticed the vocals have improved and give more variety. I couldn't help but dance at :30 in "Die Faster", it's just that groovy.

I need some water...hold on two seconds. Okay, we're good now, I had to catch my breath.

"The Fire" provides more of the same aggression that I came to expect. "This story has been played so many times before!" is a great line that I felt relation to, in a scene of copycat bands popping up every two seconds. I swear if you can't bang your head to this, there is something wrong with you. The song structures are simple, raw, aggressive, never giving you the chance to breathe in between songs. American Me demands your attention and they certainly have mine. "Son of a Machine Gun, Part 2" was one of the strongest songs on the album and before listening to it, I knew I was going to like it. "Heat", by some coincidence, had a song I particularly enjoyed entitled...drum roll please..."Son of a Machine Gun". I think it's one of the best songs that they have written and is a go-to song if someone we're looking into them. "Whiteout" starts out with a filthy melodic/bouncy introduction that just leads into the rest of the song, which I swear could have been on Bury Your Dead's "Cover Your Tracks". Great stuff so far.

Just when I thought I couldn't possibly wear out a song entitled "Demoralizer" more than it already is, American Me -- damn you! More of the same stuff in this song, but don't let that turn you away because the album's best breakdown comes at the end of the song. "Blot Out The Sun" is just winds blowing, throwing a little Siberian cold vibe to the CD. Fast-forward to the eight-minute mark and you'll find them perhaps making a little humour out of the fact that they are on Rise Records...The song altogether, was a failure -- they did exactly what they did on "Heat".

Overall, American Me's "Siberian Nightmare Machine" provides more of the same formulas and their signature sound in a tighter, more focused effort. The only negative aspects of the CD are the running time and pointless 10 minute + closing track. I just wish they could write more tracks! In a scene filled with a lot of the same, it's good to know that you can count on American Me to keep it classy.



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randomguitarist
November 14th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I was sitting on my porch, ripping bong and I just felt I had right it there...in the Canadian cold. Hope you enjoy it!

randomguitarist
November 14th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

and by right, i mean "write" ! :P

Exile
November 14th 2009


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent album, not a four in my books though... I still think that Heat was more memorable and heavier. But good review, it isn't very deep but it's convincing, just like the band's material.

bloc
November 14th 2009


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

is this really apart from other Rise bands? if it is, i'll check this out.

asaf
November 14th 2009


888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review. Thank you for mentioning the secret song at the end of Blot Out The Sun. What a great track for all its purposes. I actually bought a physical copy of this one.

PinkBlackberry
November 14th 2009


2346 Comments


Great review. I wasnt the biggest fan of Heat, Their Vocalist got on my nerves a tad, but this review has me downloading the CD right now, i was proved wrong with Evergreen terrace's new release, I'm hoping this has the same effect.

Pos'd for sure =), keep em comming

IRAI
November 14th 2009


1567 Comments


I'll have to check this out.
Heat was pretty good.


randomguitarist
November 14th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for positives, I know a lot of people aren't going to like the CD cause it's for distinct taste mostly, but hell, I can throw this on and anytime and start bouncing.

CushMG15
November 14th 2009


1802 Comments


Solid Review, I pos'd. I'm checking into this right now.

CushMG15
November 14th 2009


1802 Comments


This is pretty fucking intense. I'm not sure if I like it or not yet, I'll probably have to listen to it in my car or when I'm drunk before I settle on that. But at the very least, it's intense.

beans
November 14th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gonna download this today

enjoyed heat a bit

randomguitarist
November 14th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I really wish that the rating system had .1 intervals. This would be a 3.8 in my books, because it is better than "Heat"!

bloc
November 15th 2009


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Blot out the Sun is such a waste of time...

randomguitarist
November 16th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yes, I can agree with you on that, it could have been so much more.

cvlts
November 16th 2009


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

eh, Heat was all rite. this? I dunno

randomguitarist
November 16th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Let's just say, if it's in mp3, it will never REALLY satisfy my needs. Put it on in your car on a drive and let me know.

bloc
November 16th 2009


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, i can agree with this being good driving music.

Winsomniac
November 19th 2009


7983 Comments


For The Fallen Dreams is on Rise. Dont hate

cvlts
November 19th 2009


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

...

*hate*

Winsomniac
November 19th 2009


7983 Comments


...So you're okay with American Me, who just basically re-vamped their old cd (bad-ass as they both are) but can't stand For The Fallen Dreams.. I'm sorry. Relentless > Siberian Nightmare Machine. Resoundingly. Don't get me wrong, I like American Me just fine, but the fact that all of their songs (minus the silence) are under 3 minutes long sort of limits their appeal to me. Meanwhile, FTFD manages to make a 2:30 INTERLUDE that sounds better than most of Siberian Nightmare Machine. This CD is heavy and raw metal-influenced hardcore or whatever you wish to call it for the sake of your elitist genre-picking ways, but it doesn't have the replay value Relentless does to me.



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