Machinae is one of those bands who might be on their way to dark metal stardom. Founded in 2014 they have been working hard on their debut. This five piece comes up with something listener friendly and quite gentle for the metal scene. However, in a way that might be exactly what will set them back in the end. Perhaps the music on 'Clockwork' is a bit too mild for our metal eardrums.
Now, don't get me wrong. The blend of heavy guitars and sometimes poppy symphonic arrangements is quite contagious and catchy. When the grunts come in, I'm reminded of Amorphis while the cleanly sung passages come a bit closer to Him. The clean vocals could use a bit of extra power in my opinion but it might work perfectly for a new generation of young metalheads.
Other bands I'm often reminded of are Therion, Fields Of The Nephilim, Dreadful Shadows and even Tiamat. For a brief moment, my mind told me that this was 'the metal version of Blutengel' but I'm not very sure if that would be a compliment for Machinae. So let's turn it into a compliment: much like Blutengel Machinae takes an extreme and dark musical genre to a level that is accessible to a wider audience.
Besides, there are some great songs on this album. 'Falling One By One' even nudges towards the current post-hardcore scene, especially in the vocals. 'This Will Be The Day' has a great gothic rock feel to it. 'Into Light' features some great sounding grinding guitars. 'Don't Get Used To This' is a symphonic post-hardcore song, gothcore. It exists now. The mildness of the first songs is completely gone on this massive song.
So, during the album, Machinae have been listening to my complains of being too goody-goody for the metal world and turned the whole into a stunning song. Yep, 'Don't Get Used To This' is my favorite and I will damn well get used to it because it's going to be played a lot in here. If they keep up with this, I'm quite sure that Machinae will record a classic album in the near future, blending goth rock, dark metal, industrial and post-hardcore into one massive wall-of-sound which is impossible not to love.