15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Probably one of the best albums I've heard all year!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Machine (Audio CD)
Not only does the album live up to it's title, but it does more than that. With just one listen, you can instantly love this album -if it's your thing, that is. The intro track introduces you to what seems a calm album, before the applause bursts into track two -with the screaming lungs of the bassist Tony Campos and frontman guitarist, Wayne Static. 'Get To The Gone' is loud, fast and hammers your head from start to end. With the frantic drumming from Ken Jay, riffs and basslines you wonder how this album was recorded with just three members of the band. Former Static-X guitarist, Koichi Fukuda left the band due to certain circumstances and the remaining members recorded the rest of the album without him. Before the album was mixed and printed, former Dope guitarist Tripp Rex Eisen "just walked in" as Wayne said, to become Static-X's new guitarist. A few tracks into the album; 'Black And White' and 'This Is Not' may seem familiar to you. Probably because these videos are on MTV2 almost constantly. I'm not suprised either. The songs on this album only get better. 'Cold' is one of the album's more calmer songs -but that does not mean it is a soft song. It's not. Still with the almost ghostly vocals of Wayne and Tony in the background, it's one of my favourite tracks. Just over two minutes into the song, it slows down to a melody played on a keyboard, and just as you're expecting it to end, the chorus starts up once more. '...In A Bag' is another track that stands out. Four minutes, twenty-one seconds long, and you wish it was longer. The lyrics are clever; "I'm cursing I'm searching/I'm giving up hoping..."; and the song ends empty and haunted. 'A Dios Alma Perdida' is the finishing track, and after listening to the whole album, you're left wanting more. You'll probably listen to it through again, like I did. Keyboards and programming are used in this album quite frequently, which also adds to Static-X's unique sound. The sound created by this band is exactly the title's description. 'Machine' is the album title, 'Machine' is what the album is. If you're scared of hard-hitting music then don't buy this album. The riffs, bass lines, drumming and vocals on 'Machine' all add together to create the sound that is Static-X. A description of this album? Loud, fast, furious, pumping, in-your-face, hammering and would most certainly burst your ear drums if it was played at the correct volume. The way the music is put together and the way instruments are played gives you the sense that it's not human. The music isn't human. It's 'Machine'.