10 Years
Minus the Machine


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle Boucher USER (2 Reviews)
August 5th, 2012 | 141 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid release that combines the sounds of an overlooked band's career.

10 Years is a band that has slipped under the radar of many alternative rock fans. They haven't quite reached the level of Chevelle, Shinedown, or any of the other big bands, but have always brought a lot to the table. Their first major CD Killing All That Holds You mixes together a hard rock sound, with soothing melodies for a solid experience. Their next releases The Autumn Effect and Division polished these elements and were followed by Feeding The Wolves, an album in which the band tries to experiment with a heavier sound by incorporating more screams and thundering guitars. Minus The Machine is a mix of all of the elements that makes 10 Years, well 10 Years.

Minus the Machine leads off with the title track and throws a pretty typical alternative rock approach at the listener. An interesting element I noticed in this song (as well as some other songs on the album) is in the way the vocals are layered on the choruses. The choruses do not sound as if they mixed to sound perfect, but showcase the effort of recording the vocal tracks. They do not sound perfectly touched up, but instead have a very raw feel to them, something that may polarize people with this album. "Battle Lust" has a very Chevelle-esque element to it, especially within the verses and is a very solid track.

"Forever Fields" has a mysterious aura around the whole song and has a very atmospheric tone to it. This track feels like it would fit well in Division. Lead single "Backlash" shares many of the elements that the title track does, namely a straight forward song structure and that raw sound that is within the vocals. "Writing on the Walls" slows the pace down and is a song without any particularly notable moments, but a solid rock sound. The comparison to Chevelle arises once again in "Dancing with the Dead". Lead singer Jesse Hasek's melodic choruses bring up thoughts of Pete Loeffler's verses, without the cryptic lyrics. Hasek's vocals shine through strongly on "Sleeper", a track with moments of hectic guitar riffs and calm silence, surrounded by an excellent vocal performance, most notably in the long notes that Hasek nails.

"Soma" feels like a new version of "Fix Me", a single from their last album Feeding The Wolves, but lacking the power that the latter track has. In "Tightrope", the band mixes in piano to the song, and it gives a feeling as if the track is going to go acoustic at some point, but never quite does. Once again, the ability to connect Chevelle is possible as Hasek holds his long melodic notes. "Knives" is a track that will be either a loved tracks, or a hated one. It is filled with slow verses and catchy hooks, as well as a hard hitting chorus that will have the crowd moving in concert. The heaviest moment of the album is within the bridge of this track. The screams of "Wake up, wake up dead fly!" are quite similar to Linkin Park's "A Place For My Head" and stand today as 10 Year's heaviest track. Regardless of opinion of the song, it seems to be a perfect track for playing live. Finally the album concludes with the instrumental "Birth--Death", which leads into closer "...And All The Other Colors". A tribal drum beats in the background and the tempo stays fairly levels throughout the track. This track has the most polished vocals of any song on the album. Switching between a solid mix of backing vocals and high notes, the track does a great job of closing the album.

In promoting Minus The Machine, 10 Years released "Backlash" and "Knives" to set the tone for the album. Both of these tracks showcased how there would not be one sound across the album. The raw vocals of "Backlash" show up in many places, as well as sound variety and strong lyrics of "Knives". Lyrical content is one thing that has never plagued the band, but shows up strong in Minus the Machine. Ultimately, this is not an album that will change the general public's perception of the alternative rock genre, or a 10 Years fan's opinion of the band, but nevertheless is an important step forward for the band. They are able to bring back the heavy delivery of Feeding The Wolves as well as the atmospheric sound present in not only their last album, but their previous releases as well. This album makes up for the monotony that many felt was present in Feeding the Wolves and showcases everything that 10 Years is capable of.

Listen To:
"Minus The Machine"
"Tightrope"
"Knives"
"Birth--Death" into "...And All the Other Colors"


user ratings (107)
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other reviews of this album
Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
10 Years is done feeding the wolves....

Caleb C. (3)
Too much throwing at walls, and not quite enough sticking....

Alex Beebe (2)
A mind-numbingly boring, and ultimately forgettable affair....


Comments:Add a Comment 
SoxRock
August 4th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album stream: http://www.myspace.com/music/player?aid=18647270

This is my first review and I did it just for fun, so don't take me too seriously.

skoopy48
August 4th 2012


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good review, i was hoping this wouldnt suck after the dissapointment of feeding the wolves, is this better than division? i liked that one the best

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SoxRock
August 4th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still like Division the best. This album had many moment that made me think of Division, but not quite the level of that album.

skoopy48
August 4th 2012


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

streaming now, so far it sounds decent enough

PearlDrummer8
August 5th 2012


8 Comments


I think it's important to note that this is their first album in a while that is self-released, and not under the influence of a major label. This is the darkest and most experimental album they have released in a while; they definitely took some risks which I am happy about. "Feeding the Wolves" was a fairly solid album but still somewhat disappointing imo because it was very straightforward and the most "radio-friendly" cd they had released.

PayneTiger777
August 5th 2012


4409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, I didn't even know they were making a new album this year. I hope it's better than "Feeding the Wolves."

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Had no idea this was streaming, will have to check it out.

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Maniac!
August 5th 2012


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sounds like 10 years finally went down the shitter

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha, seems like your heart is set on this album sucking the big one eh Maniac? xD

SoxRock
August 5th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pearldrummer put it best. The raw vocal sound I mentioned it the experimental direction they went and I found it to work very well. I did know that they did release this independently, but failed to mention it. I like how the band fashioned the album and I feel as if they found their niche sound.

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@SoxRock Yeah man, I had no idea this was being released this year until last week, and based on your review I have some high hopes for this. 10 Years have always been one of those bands that I really want to like but too much holds me back from doing so. Also, this is a great review for your first ever. Very impressive, you get a pos from me, and I look forward to reading your future stuff.

benkim
August 5th 2012


2190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go away Maniac! Will check this out tommorow. Unable to do that now.

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Still plan on reviewing this btw, despite how good this review is.

SoxRock
August 5th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! Good to see my Communications major is helping my writing.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2012


7474 Comments


Good review dude. Welcome aboard.

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iswimfast
August 5th 2012


1348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Really hope this is good like you say.

SoxRock
August 5th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the band and saw them play 3 of the tracks live. I feel that the album holds up to the live performance.

TooManyFriends
August 5th 2012


767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit, I was gonna review this. Oh well. First come first serve. Good review, album is great, I love "Writing on the Walls"

breakingthefragile
August 5th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@TooManyFriends Dude, you should still go ahead and review it. you might as well, 3 reviews is probably the maximum amount that this album is going to get.

Alondite
August 5th 2012


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The is easily the best thing they've done since "The Autumn Effect." Every single song on here is
better than anything they did on "Feeding The Wolves."



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