Death Machine is a band based in California’s Bay Area. The music itself is a mixture of old Fear Factory and Meshuggah, with just a hint of nu-metallers Mudvayne. Death Machine’s self-titled new album grabbed me right away. I’m a sucker for a strong bass line and this just reeled me in! The bass is factored heavily in the mix and is on par with that of Primus’ Les Claypool or Billy Sheehan. The music is heavy industrial death but every so often, the band will go off on a tangent that is completely uncharacteristic of the rest of the music. The middle section of “Last Breath” features a prog/jazz fusion moment and the final track, “Not To Be”, is a haunting piano track with a female voice buried deep in the mix. “Schmeg” is a short instrumental that features a dueling guitar and bass. There are some weird samples and effects used as well that really set the mood. As far as appearances go, the band has chosen to go the route of makeup and costumes a la Slipknot/Mushroomhead but don’t let that scare you off. Death Machine is a little different but they are a welcome surprise and worth checking out.
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