Buffalocomotive
Tears Of The Enchanted Mainframe


3.4
great

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
March 4th, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,654 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern band making old fashioned hard rock.

Tears Of The Enchanted Mainframe is an album that regresses back to the bare essentials of old fashioned hard rock, formulating a riff-driven style that primarily focuses on melodious grooves, while occasionally diverting into an intense onslaught of sound. Buffalocomotive emanate a rather familiar machismo-fueled attitude in their music, which is quite typical for a hard rock album, but when that kind of demeanor is combined with fuzzed-out guitar antics and mild stoner tendencies, it tends to bring one person to mind- a certain musician who proudly hails from the desert lands of California. At first glance, Buffalocomotive can easily be passed off as a Josh Homme tribute band, minus the drug-induced atmospheres and sexually-charged lyrics. Even the band's lead vocalist, Brahm Taylor, often sounds as if he's doing a Josh Homme impression throughout the entire album. Though as derivative as Buffalocomotive's music may sound, they manage to take the characteristics of their influences and mold it in their own fashion, adding enough of their own vitality and wit to really captivate an audience.

The album opener, "Mutha Urth", demonstrates a slowed down, yet magnified groove that is entirely driven by bludgeoning riffs that are heavily distorted to produce a thick, yet abrasive sound. Though the music itself is indeed heavy and mildly aggressive, there is a strong emphasis on melody being deployed here, and it's primarily contrived from Brahm Taylor's singing style. His voice is very dominant and emphatic in its expression, even managing to appear so in an almost effortless fashion. A song like "Often The Orphan" really shows off his ability to confidently alternate his deliveries from a masculine falsetto, to a lower baritone range so as to thematically compliment whatever direction the music takes him. It's a very impressive feat to accomplish, no doubt about it, but it's yet another aspect in Buffalocomotive's music that is painfully reminiscent to Josh Homme's own signature persona. In fact, two of the album's highlights, "Into The Desert" and "Superusurper", though they cannot really be pointed down to just one album by Queens Of The Stone Age or Them Crooked Vulture's debut, they share this conspicuous aesthetic about them that just immediately brings those bands to mind. From referencing the mystical aura of the desert spirit, to over-indulging in fuzzy distortion and retro, psychedelic-tinged effects, it eventually comes to a point where you'll undoubtably be overwhelmed with a sense of déja vu.

In today's music scene, where individuality and innovation has become a rare quality among artists, we'll often find bands that emulate the traits of their influences getting mercilessly criticized. Even if some great music manages to flourish out of those inspirations, the lack of ingenuity becomes a major diversion for any potential enthusiast. Though to let something so facile discourage any intrigue, only denies you from experiencing something that may in fact be worthwhile. There is virtually nothing organic here about any of the clever schemes deployed in this album, but where Buffalocomotive lack in invention, they more than compensate for within their displays of energy and dexterity. Songs like "Often the Orphan" and "Mint Green" coalesce heavy bombastic riffs with a euphonic compositional flow that really helps augment the impact of their executions in a manner that is positively enthralling. Tears Of The Enchanted Mainframe is a very formidable hard rock effort that is tenaciously faithful to the genre's signature flaunts, but it does occasionally steer away from that concept to explore other styles, such as the bluesy acoustic number, "Scratch Out The Sun". I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a quality and straightforward hard rock album, because that's all you're going to find here. It may not be anything unique, but at least the music is proficient and orchestrated in an impactive fashion that fully entertains until the final second.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2013



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Here's my review for user Buffalocomotive's band. I hope you guys like the review, and good luck with the band. (I apologize this took so long in the making)

Here's a music video to their song "MedHed":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XCSnpk98PI

NightmareCinema16
March 3rd 2013



2016 Comments


Great review, man. Now, tell me this; if I like most forms of hard rock, you think i'll like this?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 4th 2013



10553 Comments


Staff been killing it lately.

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YankeeDudel
March 4th 2013



9291 Comments


yea listened to the single and it was ehhhhh

good review tho as usual my mans

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds cool, I have to get this. Great review.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Thanks guys.

@Insomniac
You'd probably dig this very much, and you'd be helping out an underground band so, yeah go for it.

@Nightmare
I'd say check out the song I linked, it's a pretty good example of what you'll find throughout.

tommygun
March 4th 2013



21345 Comments


sweet band name like seriously imagine a steaming buffalo on wheels on a railroad

will read when I get home but no doubt review rules

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I found the name a little odd, but then again, there's weirder names out there. Thanks, Tommy.

tommygun
March 4th 2013



21345 Comments


good review mate very concise by your standards I dug it

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to half of the record as it's streaming on Youtube. It's cool, straightforward hard rock, I dig it. I also agree with your rating.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



9469 Comments


The review's one of your best yet, Hernan. Your sense of description is used with much more restraint and potency these days, and I love it.

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InbredJed
March 5th 2013



5222 Comments


wicked review, these guys sound cool!

Buffalocomotive
March 8th 2013



1 Comments


Wow guys.

First of all a big thanks to Mr. Campbell for such a professional and well structured review. Heavily quotable and heavily appreciated Hernan. It is always interesting (and sometimes flattering) to discover what first-time listeners initially hear in our sound and hypothesize as our influences.

An even bigger thanks to all of the support from the community here. Completely unexpected. (Is there an emoticon for when you hold out one hand to humbly tell the audience to stop and egotistically motion with the other hand to keep it coming?)

Special shout out to user tommygun concerning the band name. Bingo sir... bingo!

tommygun
March 8th 2013



21345 Comments


m/

InbredJed
March 9th 2013



5222 Comments


Buffalocomotive, sweet name, it sounds like it could have also been the title of an ETID song.



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