Machinae Supremacy
Rise of a Digital Nation


4.0
excellent

Review

by AnonymousOne USER (1 Reviews)
December 12th, 2012 | 13 replies | 2,849 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid addition to the Machinae Supremacy discography. With both a poignant message for younger generations and a nifty sound it's hard to ignore.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Machinae Supremacy’s Rise of a Digital Nation is a thundering opus for a young and pissed off generation. While many are in love with the band’s underground roots and the popularity that it has engendered among gamers, their music is a unique experience and Rise of a Digital Nation is an album worthy of a listen.

While I’m not a power metal fan in most of its forms there is something about this album that resonates with me. I keep coming back to it and I enjoy it every time I listen to it. That is saying something for as ADD as I am with my musical tastes.

The band makes great use of their signature SID/Commodore64 sound and where they do, the sound is far more integrated into the music and doesn't seem forced. It seems completely natural and fully integrated into their style, which is crucial. Let’s call a spade a spade: Machinae Supremacy has a niche and a cool gimmick. As such, it’s extremely important that it never seems forced. Good news! It doesn't.

Rise of a Digital Nation is probably the most polished of their albums and while it gives us less total time of awesomeness, what we get is quality work. Beyond that, I keep firing this album up and enjoying the hell out of it. While your mileage may vary depending on your tastes, this is clearly in my top-ten list for 2012 simply because every time I fire it up my head starts bobbing and I find myself absorbed into the album.

The album opens with a sound effect which brings back the nostalgia of firing up an old video game and the track All of My Angels thunders forth with the SID components playing support to the guitar and drum work. In fact, the inclusion of the digital sound effects is almost disguised as guitar sounds at points. From that point on this album grabs you by the lapels, hauls you on board the Commodore64 sound train and refuses to let go, which I greatly appreciate as a fan of the band.

I would like to note that the track Battlecry is the first time I've heard them integrate a bit of dubstep sound to their music. I’m not sure if I like this or not but it’s a sign that the band is looking at the electronica genre and watching it change and at least paying homage to the importance of the music and the artists in that genre.

The one complaint I've heard from some people is that they find the vocal style and tone “whiny” in its style. I can’t help you there. I think it fits the style of the band and their body of work.

The band clearly has a message about the world and it’s one that they are obviously willing to back given that they released the album to The Pirate Bay for three days this past November and leave much of their earlier work up for download on their website. They aren't afraid to stick their neck out and back up their focus on a technologically advanced generation of metalheads. Whether this is simply a publicity stunt or a statement about what they think about the music industry as a whole is up for debate but it does make me appreciate them a little more.


The lyrics themselves certainly resonate with a young generation that feels abandoned by those in power and with a desire to change the world around them for the better. Given the state of the world and the economies of Europe and America, this is a timely message. Perhaps the best example can be found in the Battlecry track: We ally with no others / We come as we were / No one and nothing / in the eyes of the world / But we have the skills to undo you / and too idle hands.

After the galloping ride on the SID machine, which makes me wish I still had my old NES, the album closes with the track Hero and leaves you wanting more. I can ask for little else from a band that grabbed my attention in college and has held it since.


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Calc
December 11th 2012



12126 Comments


This sounds terrible honestly but decent 1st review man.

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

alachlahol
December 11th 2012



7484 Comments


fuck you

alachlahol
December 11th 2012



7484 Comments


this band can do no wrong

Acanthus
December 12th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Really awesome release, tried to write a review for it but the words just wouldn't come.

For those who dislike the vocal style try the opening track; it got me hooked.

AnonymousOne
December 12th 2012



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys. Figured I'd try my hand at writing a review. I don't suppose it came out too shitty.

alachlahol
December 12th 2012



7484 Comments


ugh this band is so fuckin dorky i love them

FrozenVain
December 12th 2012



2402 Comments


Was planning on reviewing this, but I wouldn't dream of giving it a 4. Perhaps a 3-3.5.

Decent review-good for a first
Keep that shit up

FrozenVain
December 12th 2012



2402 Comments


The main riff on All of my angels is sweet ass though

cthasher
December 22nd 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doesn't top their previous album but this is still damn impressive.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



1985 Comments


Didn't know this existed. I'll have to check this after I spin A View from the End of the World.

advancedJohn
June 9th 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Where is the epic feeling gone?...

Acanthus
June 9th 2013



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'd say this is pretty hopeful/anthemic all the same.

MrxSelfxDestruct
July 14th 2013



495 Comments


I've been on board with these guys since Redeemer. One of the first CDs I HAD to have, I still have the underground edition on my dresser. They haven't been able to top that album yet for me, but each release has been so much fun. Nothing makes me feel like a kid again like listening to these guys.



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