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Machines Dream


Crossover Prog

3.65 | 34 ratings

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4 stars Canadian band MACHINES DREAM became a band more or less by accident back in 2012, when five fellow musicians that had jammed together for some period of time suddenly found themselves discussing and creating music as well. They released their self-titled debut album the same year, and in the fall of 2014 they signed to UK label Sonic Vista Music for the release of their sophomore production "Immunity".

There are probably many talking points one could make about this band and this specific album, but for me the features that stand out is that this is a band that is navigating through many of the more accessible varieties of progressive rock. Their music appears to be made with at least some thoughts for how much it reach it may potentially have, and if by accident or design they generally stick to a generally appealing style and delivery.

The opening and ending epic length compositions are perhaps the least appealing however. Not due to the style as such, or one should perhaps say styles in this case, as both of them touch base with both neo-progressive rock and a more delicate take on a Porcupine Tree tinged expression, as well as progressive metal for the latter of them. It is more a matter of some details not quite managing to come together, at least as I experience them, what might be a too liberal use of sampled voice effects in some atmospheric interludes and a perception from me that there's just not that element present that elevates those features from the pleasantly engaging to the emotionally engaging. This is of course a subjective experience, and other listeners not quite as jaded as myself may well feel otherwise. When that is said, the most compelling sequence on the album as a whole, to my ears, was the four or so minutes long section on concluding epic Immunity (Part Two), where the bands shifts into a tight, vibrant expression closer to progressive metal. That section was at times a goosebumps-inducing experience.

The three shorter songs here impressed me a bit more as a whole. Arguably with less of the neo-progressive aspect included as well, these come across as creations with more of a foundation in a Pink Floyd meets Porcupine Tree kind of sound. Wandering elegant plucked guitar motifs alternate with more majestic sequences here, with delicate ethereal distanced guitar effects invoking something of a subtle post-rock feel as a clever details in many of the calmer passages, and occasionally shifting over to a harder edged expression that alternates between sounding like a heavier version of Pink Floyd and being in more of a Porcupine Tree kind of spirit.

All in all this is a a well made album, and one that should have a fairly broad appeal to boot. I would suspect that those with an equal affection for Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree might be something of a key audience for this band, and would recommend those recognizing themselves in such a description to give this CD a spin.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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