Machinae Supremacy is a Swedish band that mixes Power Metal with up beat Electronica and Industrial elements to create a sound that is unrivaled. Metal fans should be warned if your into the heavier side of the genre as MS tends to teeter on the Rock/Metal wall. Known for still to this day distributing three albums worth of music over the internet for free, Machinae Supremacy is unprecedented in practically every aspect.
Overworld has a popish tint to it but the amazing ripping guitar parts and fast paced blast beats keep the Metal side of the music alive. Robert Stjärnström has a voice more aligned with goth rock than power metal, perhaps offputting to some even though he has a fine voice and again, this is one more reason not to label this band as just power metal. The techno/electronica is in fine form as it is used to add structure to the tracks rather then dilute the Metal edge of the music.
Songs such as the title track and opener "Overworld" have grandiose arrangements that give the song a more 'epic' feel. While others such as "Conveyer" tend to keep only subtle elctronica elements and allow a far edgier feel stand victorious. However one track on the album stands out above the rest, "Skin" the fifth track on the album is a combination of tranquility, fast catchy song structure and easily some of the finest guitar soloing on the album. If nothing else I advise getting your hands on at least that one track, it's in my opinion their best song to date.
All in all Overworld is not for everyone. Fans of traditional metal probably won't appreciate the hint of pop nor the Technoish keyboard pieces. However I do strongly encourage fans of Industrial, Electronica, Gothic and all the more obtuse and eclectic bands of the Metal scene to purchase this album. I would also suggest heading to their website and purchasing it as the price here is completely outrageous. Also I advise seeking out their other studio efforts Redeemer and the slightly more aged 'Deus Ex Machinae' which is not found on Amazon.com.
Furthermore fans of this style of music can download for FREE a massive collection of earlier tracks from Machinae Supremacy on their website. They are an incredible gifted and experimental group and fans with an open mind should be impressed with their attempts to stir familiar music in their own direction. Make sure to check out the Official Music Video for 'Edge and Pearl that I included with my review. Thanks for your time.