Released: 2007, Frontiers Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Frontiers Records are mostly known for having melodic hardrock and melodic rock acts but now have they decided to vary their music acts a little and have signed a few harder acts like Primal Fear and Meldrum. Meldrum’s debut album LOADED MENTAL CANNON came in 2001 and isn’t good at all to be honest. But album was followed by heavy touring with Black Label Society and Motörhead. I have no idea why it has taken the band, led by ex- Phantom Blue member Michelle Meldrum, so long to follow up the album but on the way they have lost a drummer in Fredrik Haake. Guest drummer on the album is no other than Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Las etc). Another familiar guest, Lemmy, can be heard shouting the song “Miss Me When I’m Gone”
The albums strongest moments are no doubt when the very talented and skilled Michelle Meldrum dazzles on guitar. Her guitar playing is all about raw energy and sheer power and she’s one of the better guitarists of today. The weakest moments come when Moa Malmsten opens her mouth… that woman can’t sing. She screams and talks her way through the songs and when she tries to sing she’s falls flat to the ground. Meldrum plays some kind of heavy traditional metal with modern influences that feels at least 10 years too old. The expirey date has passed out on this item a long time ago and the entire album feels old.
The 40 minutes of music feels at least 4 times longer and that mostly depends on the boring material and the terrible vocals. The songs that rises a bit above average are “Miss Me When I’m Gone” where Lemmy guests. Unfortunately, he lies too low in the mix and Malmsten overpowers him with hear attempt to sing. “Another Kind”, “Get Yours” and “Bite The Pillow” are heavy metal tracks in midtempo where Michelle Meldrum does her best to save the songs.
BLOWIN UP THE MACHINE is produced by the band and mixed by Toby Wright (Korn, Fear Factory, Alice in Chains) and also the production leaves a lot more to wish for. It would have been better if the band had hired a producer because the production feels just like the rest of the stuff, too old and dusty. I have no idea what Michelle Meldrum had in mind when she wrote this album, I can’t find anything positive to say about the album besides the things I’ve already have said. The albums great moments lie in the amazing guitar playing along with Hoglan’s solid drumplay and Stahls bassplay which feels OK.