Artist: Machine Wraith
CD Title:Our Kind in Pure Fulfillment
Reviewer: Matthew J.
England's Machine Wraith are part of the new breed of futuristic terror EBM. There are plenty of the requisite guttural processed vocals on the project's seven-song debut, but they take a backseat to the music itself, a slick blend of progressive synthesizer sequences, clattering snares and pulsing kicks that draws more on hard trance than anything else. "Delete Me" and "Everything Connected" are the most brutal of the bunch, all pummeling beats, jagged keyboards and distorted growls, but some of the best stuff here is weirdly uplifting. "Create" starts off like a dream with its gently floating psychedelic synths, and the brilliantly ambitious "Agent" throws a little of everything into the mix, from progressive techno leads to sampled guitar loops to a tinny piano bridge, and despite the demonic vocal delivery, it energizes more than it terrifies. Similarly, the softened electronic pads, pulsing beats and more computerized vocal effects of "Surface" are almost soothing, at least until the more conventional vocal distortion kicks in. The real highlight, however, is "Nightmare," a simple but effective offering in the classic terror EBM mold: nothing but hard trance leads and vocals straight out of some tortured robot's vision of hell. It's not Machine Wraith's most ambitious composition, but it's flawlessly executed. A promising debut, this release will appeal especially to fans of some of the newer acts on Germany's NoiTekk label, like Xentrifuge, Panic Lift and Life Cried.
Visit Machine Wraith on MySpace at www.myspace.com/machinewraith for more information.
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