Release Date: Dec 1, 2006
Genre: Alternative Metal, Chiptune
Number Of Tracks: 11
"Redeemer" has less SID than their previous album, "Deus Ex Machinae", but still a very solid sound with deep lyrics.
RedeemerRecently reviewed by: RosetaStoned351, on august 03, 2015 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sophomore effort by alternative metal band Machinae Supremacy is their first album on a real label (Spinefarm Records), and in my opinion their second best record behind "A View From the End of the World." It's has excellent production and features many of the bands best songs. The album was released in two different versions; the first one, known as the "Underground Edition," was released independently on March 18th, 2006 and featured 15 songs. When the band got their record deal, Spinefarm removed 5 tracks to make the album shorter: "Fury," "Kaori Stomp," "Empire" and the two preludes. This version is know as the "Retail Edition." They also changed the order of the songs, and the band recorded a new one to promote the re-release; "Ghost (Beneath the Surface)." I prefer the underground edition because it has Fury on it, which is one of my favorite MaSu songs, and because the song order works a lot better.
Redeemer is on a whole other level than bands the debut and has a very unique sound; the mix of metal, videogame sounding keyboard leads and extremely catchy, almost pop like choruses is not like anything else out there. The first album was very unique too, but this time the music is a lot heavier with stronger elements of thrash, metalcore and power metal. Jonas Rörling is an amazing guitarist and his solo are just incredible, most impressive is the bands instrumental stuff. The drumming also displays elements of many different genres and the sound of the drumkit is superb, especially the snare. I enjoy the drumming of Tomas Nilsén a bit more than the bands current drummer Nicklas Karvonen, he doesn't play as much double bass, but has a heavier style and plays better drumfills. // 10
Lyrics: Robert Stjärnström is a bit of a whiny vocalist, but manages to get so much emotion in his voice and originality in the way he sings that it doesn't matter. It might take you some time to get into his singing, but he definitely doesn't sound like your typical metalcore singer. Jonas also sings a bit on the record and sounds really good too. When it comes to Robert's lyrics and vocal melodies, they are simply fantastic, and he manages to get you singing along to almost every song. The strongest tracks are "I Know the Reaper," a beautiful song about death; "You know you will follow too and you don't really care to just go nowhere. But there's no need to fear... you live on in the hearts and minds of those who hold you dear." ...and "Through the Looking Glass," an almost just as beautiful song about life. When you combine it with equally beautiful music, you've got two of the best metal songs ever written. Other notable tracks are "Rouge World Asylum" (global warming), "Fury" (dragons), "Ronin" and the chorus in "Rise." The only mediocre track (both lyrically and vocal-vise) is "Seventeen," but an awesome bridge riff saves the song. // 10
Overall Impression: "Redeemer" is still a very interesting and fresh-sounding album, and the fact that the band had only been around for 5 years makes it even more impressive. I love the epic feel that some of these song have, and how varied the 7-string guitarwork is. The opening track ("Elite") is one of the weaker songs on the record, and like I mentioned before, the flow is not as good on the retail edition. This drags the album down a bit.
The best songs are "Rise," "I Know the Reaper," "Fury," "Rogue World Asylum," "Oki Kuma's Adventure" and "Through the Looking Glass." However, I have to mention the songs "Ghost," "Ronin," "Hate" and "Reanimator" too, as they are also outstanding songs. I can't recommend this release enough, but if you're new to the band, start with "A View From the End of the World." // 9
skull277, on january 18, 2008 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Machinae Supremacy (pronounced machine supremacy) started out as a band over the internet, using a SIDstation they descirbed themself as "SID-metal" which is basicly using the sounds of an old SID chip from the Commodore computers. This is their 3rd album and their first on the Spinefarm label. The album comes in 2 versions. Underground and Retail, for this review, I will use the Retail version as it's quallity is better then the Underground. The first track it elite, which kick right into the heavy sound and the fast riffs, ove the vocals kick in the cong starts to slow down and although the vocals are rough, it doesnt't make the song bad. The solo is fast andworks well in the bridge. Track 2 is Through The Looking Glass. At first you hear the pianio and you think to yourself that this is going to be a slow song, but once the guitars kick in, as well as a small solo riff the song starts to take a new tempo, again the solo fits in well and is fast, it is like that for most of the album with the solos but each iferent to fit in with the rest of the album. Rogue World Asylum is a slow song but is the first on the album to show the SID sounds on the album, the lyrics make the song sound more softer. again the solo fits in, it starts slow but picks up. This in fact maybe the song of the album. The album countines like the first 3 tracks, wih nice SID sounds, goo riffs and neat solos. Ghost (Beneath The Surface) was origanly ment to be a site release, but the band put it on the album, it is like Elite, a fast start that slows down for the verses. The 5 second pause in the middle is unexpected, in fact you wonder if the song has Finished, but then the song gets back up to full speed again. Oki Kumas Adventure is a key song on teh album, it realy shows the sounds the SID can produce, it is a slow song aswell. Instead of a guitar solo there are flutes as well as a SI solo, somethign which has to be heard. The album finishes with Reanimator, which follows up like Oki Kuma, slow and lots of SID. // 9
Lyrics: Robert "GAZ" Stjrnstrm, the lead singer, does not have a clear, pop star voice, in fact Simon Cowell would probbly say he shoulnt sing, however Gaz's voice has become stringer over the years and this album shows that he can sing and with vocals like on Through the looking glass, he can produce smooth and clam vocals aswell as vocals that work for the heavy tracks. The lyrics are in depth as well, on rouge world: "She blooms like a flower/As she opens up and wallows in the light/But it looms like die mauer/As we search for what to follow in the night." The lyrics are in depth and fit in well with the songs. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall, The album has shown the Machinae Supremacy are ready to make it into the music picture. Their new album overworld comes out on the 13th of Feb and is a must hear. The band that started out making songs for the net ahve now made songs for CDs and with a record lable they are ready to take the world by storm, but this time, using more then just the internet. This band is a must hear. // 8