Released: 2006, Spinefarm records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Spinefarm Records is a label that has brought many great acts into the light, and now it’s time for the label to uncover a Swedish act in the shape of Machinae Supremacy. The band comes from the northern parts of Sweden and they play technical American-influenced metal with heavy use of keyboards; the biography brands the music as cyber metal. It’s hard to describe exactly what kind of music they play - you need to hear it to understand it.
Here we have 50 minutes of music in 11 tracks. I have given the album plenty of time in order to understand the music and the message, but again, it’s really hard. The first few times I listened to it I didn’t get it at all, but the more you listen to it the more you understand. I wouldn’t say that the album grows on you because it’s not that good, but you’ll understand it the more you listen to it. My main problems with the album are the lead vocals and the massive layers of keyboards and blipping sounds. The singer partly sings in clean vocals and partly raps.
There are a few golden moments, but they are well-hidden. “Elite”, “Through the Looking Glass”, “Rise”, “Seventeen”, and “Ronin” all fall into the “OK” category. They’re all feisty, fast modern metal tracks with a lot of tempo changes and complex guitars. The musicians paint a musical landscape that’s as cold as Sweden during the winter, but with vocals that don’t impress me at all. I’m not convinced by REDEEMER, but if you’re into more keyboard-based modern metal you might have a new favorite album.