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Saviour Machine


Progressive Metal

3.79 | 39 ratings

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3 stars Hmmm, Saviour Machine... I first came in touch with Eric Clayton through AYREON's "The Human Equation". Then I followed the link, bought this album, and the rest is history.

I remember being blown away by "Carnival of Souls". It remains my favorite Saviour Machine song, one I find myself singing out of nowhere during the day. :) It's not a very complex song, I think...but Eric's voice is emotional and deep. I really enjoy listening to it. Some people have even said I can sound like him a bit, but they're all nuts. :P I'm nowhere near as good as he is. Though if I could make a cover song somewhere, this one'd be high on my list.

Anyway, Carnival of Souls is a great song to me, though the guitar solo on the end could've been shorter. The rest is a delight to listen to, especially the vocals.

Force of the Entity is the next song, and more metal-y than the previous one. Later on in the song, Eric keeps repeating two words, something he could've done without, really. Other than that, it's a lovely song.

Legion features a choir! Or is it? Either way, it's not my favorite song. Though I think it's a nice song to introduce people to Saviour Machine. It has everything...vocals, (soft) metal, a Christian gothy name it.

Ludicrous Smiles is kind of a mix between Carnival of Souls' atmosphere and rhythm, and Force of the Entity's metal-y stuff. Not sure. It fails to impress me as much as The Wicked Window, which is the next song.

Eric's vocals are dark in this song. This whole song is very dark overall. It goes softer in the middle, to end with a metally loudness. Also one of the album's highlights, for me.

Son of the Rain and especially Killer fail to impress me. Where Son of the Rain is a decent one with piano and everything, Killer is one of the album's downsides for me. I'm not sure just doesn't sound right to me.

The Widow and the Bride is a nice metally song. I don't really have much else to say about this one. Christians and Lunatics, the next song, does more for me. Guitar solo, drum solo, and it never really loses it's tempo. Always a plus, I'd say.

The last few songs are The Mask, A World Alone, ad Jesus Christ. Out of these, I like Jesus Christ the best, if only for the way the guitars and vocals sound at the beginning. I don't care overmuch for the chorus, to be honest.

In conclusion.... Saviour Machine is a skilled band, with an excellent debut, which honestly I prefer over the "Legend" trilogy. They have their unique style vocally, as well as mixing prog with metal, gothica and Christianity. Admitted, I'm not a Christian, so the biblical and religious references escape me, nor am I really interested in it. I just like the band for the music they make. I'd give it four stars, but Saviour Machine will likely mean more to Christians than to me. Just like Neal Morse happily worships the Lord with his music, Saviour Machine discusses the end of the world. It's probably not for everyone, though their stage shows are more than most bands have. Three stars from me.

Yours, Tailscent

Tailscent | 3/5 |


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