The Suicide Machines
A Match and Some Gasoline


3.5
great

Review

by NEDM USER (43 Reviews)
April 4th, 2006 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


I don’t know what Jason Navarro, from Detroit was thinking when he decided to create a ska band named “The Suicide Machines”. Not only does it give an indication that the band plays American black metal, but my mom would never let me own a piece of their clothing. They also are a lot of fun to talk about with people who have never heard them.

But I do know what Jason Navarro was thinking when he decided to fuse hardcore music with ska punk. If you have indeed heard the band, then you already know that it’s a fusion of hardcore and ska, which surprisingly, turns out better than I may make it out to sound. From The Suicide Machines, you’ll either hear some pretty authentic ska-punk, or the most thrashy screaming about politics with raging instruments to lead the way. Luckily for us listeners, the Machines have an equal amount of both on all their albums. Sometimes the style will change mid-song, which must be an insanely difficult task, if you want to stay in the same melody and idea of the track. I just don’t know how they do it.

People that have followed this band through their first album in 1996 would most likely say that the sound has moved from more ska oriented, to more on the hardcore side. Me being one of those listeners would have to agree. If you listen to “Destruction By Definition” and then listen to this, you would know what I was talking about. What may have caused the big overhaul is the change of their drummer in 1998 and acquiring a new bassist in 2002. After all, that is when these fun loving ska-kids turned into the hardcore punks they are now. “A Match and Some Gasoline” certainly has things going for it. Most of which I have already mentioned. The bass playing on “A Match…” is superb. Sometimes, entire songs stop out of nowhere to better hear the quick and crazy bass. Then you have the minute long songs that are just insane hardcore songs, but you also have the two or three minute ska influenced songs. The band also tends to have one of the last songs on their albums be ridiculously long, which I will be getting into greater detail with later.

As mentioned before, some of the songs could be really heavy. The first track “Burning In The Aftermath” is a good example of this occurrence. It’s jam-packed with all the screaming and intense guitar licks. The song begins with a bang, and you are told that…

Burning In The Aftermath
Since 1989 it seems that everyone's
forgotten the time when
intercontinental ballistics ruled the
world and the cold war raged
Nuclear family, Nuclear war!
Nuclear family, Nuclear war!
Nuclear family, Nuclear war!
Nuclear family, Nuclear war!


The lyrics are brutal. Someone really has a message they want let out, haha. But remember, that this is one of the heavier songs on the album. You also have the more ska-oriented tracks, such as “High Anxiety”, “Did You Ever Get A Feeling Of Dread"”, and “The Change”. Now that I list these tracks, I realize that the album goes back and fourth with the heaviness and the ska… cool. Anyway, “High Anxiety” would definitely be my favorite of these. You may have heard this song in Tony Hawks Pro Skater somewhere (that’s where I actually got into this band). If you haven’t heard it, that’s okay too. The song has some really great lyrics that I’d like to share, but that’ll be after I tell you that this song has some really nice melodic guitar lines in it, with the bass equally as gourgeous. Okay, here are the lyrics.

High Anxiety
Well it's the high anxiety I'm a victim of
society high anxiety I'm a victim of society
high anxiety it's my high anxiety getting to the
best of me
Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna explode and
when I'm approaching total overload I know that
when I'm having a panic attack to duck and cover
cuz I can feel it coming


As I said before, the last track on SM albums is always long. That is the truth too. The last track “Politics Of Humanity” begins acoustically, and it remains for the verses. Then in the chorus, it gets kind of pop/punkish. Then when you think the song is over, it is just ambient, until the acoustic close to the album. It slowly fades away, as you ponder the return of these so-called machines. Whether it be the skater’s anthem “Keep It A Crime”, or the metal-head’s “Your Silence”, you really can’t go wrong with this. If you like ska-core, then it’s a gimme. If you’re just getting into ska, then this is also a nice pickup. The only problem with this for me is that it’s a ska band, with no horns. For me, that’s a big hit to the style of music The Machines play.

It's not really an album to be taken seriously. But it truly begs for a listen when you need some fun music. I can tell you that when I listen to this, it makes me smile. Really though, don't take it seriously or you'll be dissapointed.



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tom79
April 4th 2006


3638 Comments


Great review :thumb:
I haven't heard much from these guys but i like what i heard. High Anxiety is a good tune.

NEDM
April 4th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Tom, its' been a while since I've posted anything so its nice to hear feedback. Definitely hear more from them, you won't regret it.

Storm In A Teacup
April 4th 2006


23801 Comments


Noice.
These guys have a few good songs.

Zebra
Moderator
April 4th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is sort of meh, I prefer the Destruction of Definition days but this is still a good listen. My favorites tracks are probably High Anxiety, and Seized Up.

Good review. I'd say there are way more hardcore influences on this album then ska.

NEDM
April 4th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel that it's about even.

Zebra
Moderator
April 4th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Besides tracks two and four, I can't find many other ska influences. There are some poppier tracks like 'Split the Time' but no ska.

Two-Headed Boy
April 4th 2006


4527 Comments


I have Battle Hymns, and it's pretty good.This Message Edited On 04.04.06

NEDM
April 4th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh my god, already back three pages!

NEDM
April 6th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

/bump

Chilly-Bean-Bop
April 10th 2006


344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa-oh, I didn't even see this review. Nice job! I love this CD, and I love SM. Great band, great review.

kno_kontrol
April 10th 2006


448 Comments


great review, great record. I think WPIKUA is only marginally better


Mike Rakhabit
April 22nd 2006


34 Comments


great band, alright album, nice review

smokersdieyounger
May 4th 2006


672 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The thing that bugs me about this record, is the way they sing about skateboarding and politics with the same passion.

NEDM
May 4th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never thought about it like that. That's insanely true, hah.

Eulogize
September 23rd 2011


2980 Comments


Man, I remember listening to High Anxiety during my Tony Hawk's Underground 2 days.



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