This, the debut album from the God Machine, ranks as one of the classic 'overlooked gems' in music history.
From immense sounding distorted riffs to beautifully understated acoustic pieces to the soft piano piece at the end (helpfully titled 'Piano Song'), this album is an absolute classic.
The band, originally from California, relocated to London to record this album, due to apathy in the US music scene. In the early nineties, if you happened not to wear flannel shirts, come from a certain city in Washington and moan about how your drug habit was killing you, you apparently didn't stand a chance of getting signed.
Fiction records took a chance on the band and they recorded this savagely alluring record for them. Despite touring round the Uk and Europe, and releasing another criminally underrated album (One Last Laugh in a Place of Dying), they failed to receive the recognition they deserved. Tragically, bass player Jimmy Fernandez died of a brain haemorrhage whilst recording the second album.
Stand out tracks are:
'The Blind Man' - which starts of as a melancholy acoustic guitar piece, rising with a lovely bridge and then giving way to a huge, repeated riff which has echoes of Metallica at their pummeling best;
'Purity' - another emotional rollercoaster, with the initial acoustic intro augmented by a beautiful cello, then obliterated by another driving beast of a riff which takes the song all the way to its conclusion
'The Piano Song' - Utterly beautiful piano piece which ends the album. Simple piano which sinks a hook into your brain and will not let you go - you will have this in your mind for weeks after you first hear it.
Put simply, this is a monumental album from a fantastically talented trio of individuals. Buy it, Listen to it, and spread the word. If you are a connoisseur of emotionally stimulating music, then quite simply this is one album you should not be without.