Supermachine
Supermachine


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
February 14th, 2013 | 14 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An impressive debut from a band that's been around for less than two years.

For a band that's been around for less than two years, forming at the end of 2011, Supermachine is a really strong debut. The US hard rock/stoner metal band feels focused and manages to churn an entire full length without feeling rushed or undone. It's no wonder they got a record contract from Small Stone so fast.

The listener should think of Supermachine as a mash-up between the Southern blues influences of Sun Gods In Exile, the heavy riffing of label mates Throttlerod or Lo-Pan, with a bit of Gozu's groove. It sounds amazing on paper and the result is indeed pretty impressive. The songs hit hard and the band sounds eager to play the hell out of their instruments. Even if some of the songs barely cross the three minute mark, Supermachine have enough time for both groove and punch.

There's a lot of material to enjoy here, but the middle stretch finds Supermachine at their finest. Highlights include "Pill Cruise", with its catchy vocals, as well as a cool switch between the melodic parts and heavier ones, but also the fierce "Broken", which reminisces Deftones' classic, "Elite"'s main riff, while following a path of its own. "Crutch" is another strong track here, being a mid-tempo steady stomp, that features a really catchy, groovy chorus and a ramming rhythm. It's nothing new, but the guys do their job damn well, the result is really rewarding. There are also the Southern tinged "Josey Wales", "Buffalo" and "Heavy Bullet", who showcase the band's affinity for blues and even a bit of country, while keeping the metal side intact. What helps the songs is the balanced production that gives the guitars the power and space they need, but also pushes the bass in front. This way, Supermachine doesn't feel overtaken by any of the two instruments, becoming too metal or, at the other end, too murky. The dynamic vocals are a strong point for the band, as singer Dave Nebbia easily goes from a melodic line to a powerful rasp.

While being a great debut, Supermachine do need some more time to truly settle a sound of their own and strengthen their material. Sometimes they feel reluctant to step out of the comfort zone for more than a minute or so. Songs like the aforementioned "Josey Wales" or "Heavy Bullet" do stray more on the Southern blues/country side, but the guys feel restrained and quickly return to the heavy riffage. Also, some songs, like "Warlord" or "Flesh Farm", do feel like Supermachine are on auto-pilot. Still, this is not necessary a negative aspect, as the material is strong enough, but with more time spent on some tracks, the result would've been even more remarkable.

Nevertheless, Supermachine are one band fans of stoner rock and metal should keep an eye on, as they have a fair amount of potential that needs to be exploited in the future. Meanwhile, everyone should give the record a spin, it deserves it.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2013


3451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a really impressive debut. The physical version will be released on May 14, but it can be streamed and bought in digital form here: http://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-8

Digging: The Ting Tings - Super Critical

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013


7100 Comments


Sounds intetesting enough, not sure if its going to be as good as you say though.....

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2013


3451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's somewhere in between 3.5 and 4, but I gave the latter rating, because it's a really strong debut. After a couple listens, the record really grew on me.

Captain North
February 14th 2013


6791 Comments


Oh, I Thought this was the Jacob Bannon side project. I was wrong

slipnslide
February 14th 2013


2640 Comments


^

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2013


7421 Comments


I don't dig this so much. This doesn't sound very distinctive for me. I may give this some more spins though. Good review.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


3451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They have their moments, but the album is solid. It deserves a few listens back to back. Thanks.

halloway
February 26th 2013


684 Comments


Gotta check this out. I like the album art.

Gigglesdemon
March 10th 2013


187 Comments


Need to check this, starting to get into more stoner metal.

leobrodinho
March 25th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Based on the review I was expecting much more. Positive stuff: it reminded Mountain sometimes. But I didnt like the "pop parts / groovy". Feels like 90s MTV rock, maybe a less serious Helmet or a more serious Faith no More. But it is a good start. I would rate it 2-.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2013


3451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kind of lost interest for this lately. I don't know why but in the couple of weeks it appeared, I listened to it constantly and I was really into it. Now it's 3.5 or so for me. It's a strong debut, but not a highlight in the genre. I found it at the right moment maybe, when I wanted some stoner metal and that influenced my rating.

Acrosstheshield13
March 25th 2013


791 Comments


gave this a shot...ugh. its just boring.

Spec
April 15th 2013


27190 Comments


summary is so pointless

Nomos
May 1st 2013


843 Comments


Pretty bad



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