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Post Rock/Math rock

3.93 | 75 ratings

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3 stars Very pleasant surprise by the very creative one-man band Mark Healy and his cast of professional voice talent cast, that produce an album quite different from a lot of progressive rock that you hear these days. An art concept on a whole, rather than solely a music album, 'The Machine' takes you to the journey of a man in modern day business in a compelling story that stunned me at a first listen.

No real "lyrics" here as such, rather a dark narrative that flows through instrumental post/heavy progressive rock, that unveils as you go along; although I am tempted to tell you the story, I would rather leave you discover it. The guitar style reminds of Porcupine Tree (see 'Losing Touch') in the - relatively scarce heavy moments and rather focuses on atmospheres reminiscent of Pink Floyd and the modern post rock bands that are influenced by them, peaking at the closing track where this style is fully expressed.

The power of acoustic guitars must be emphasised ('Home', 'Disconnection') as they play a pivotal role here. The strength of this album is found in the linking-up of the pieces and not on the complexity of composition or the production; the latter two tend to be the weaker points, which fortunately do not undermine the effort as a whole. The movie-like feeling, in a way similar to RAIN's "Cerulean Blue" is very exciting and somewhat stronger than the music itself.

Even if it is for once, give "The Machine" a spin and find out the concept.

aapatsos | 3/5 |


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