I give the preceding as context for the following review, because I just know someone would accuse me of going for a not-yet-classic but not brand-new either but it’s well worth going back and checking out the three record project by a band shaping up to be very interesting indeed, Sobre a Máquina. This Rio trio contribute to that great-magnet thing I was discussing in my best of the year, where heads from all over the globe seem to have independently decided that grim drone-influenced heaviness lo-fi stylee is the sort of thing this dreadful world could do with more of. The main riff from the opening track of their most recent EP could be the touchstone for all these bands, it is very indicative of the whole scene; a precise punch paradoxically holding less distortion and more rumble than all the trad-metal seeping into the dullest of the e-zines. And it continues, across three records in the last year which straddle the lines between dark-ambient, electronic and metal. Tracks are divided carefully to focus on one idea and thus keep themselves highly individualistic and memorable. The guitar dronescapes (such as Garça from Areia if you can’t tell) recall a sort of jazzed-up Sunn O))) (and you can’t forget how much I loved them) where some of the gaps are filled in. This is the best way to do it, Sunn O))) have already done the post-black metal and Earth have already epitomised the zero-sum drone doom without anything to fill the titanic hour-and-a-bit gap except rumble. So the decision to start filling in with sparkling jazzy interludes and breach the long gaps of deafening silence with parts of a whole was a sharp and brave one; after all, later Earth albums have started to fill in the gaps in the sound to the equivalent of filling the gaps in Swiss cheese with cheap supermarket cheddar; it’s just all wrong!
I love the music, but what first attracted me to these guys is what they looked like. As soon as I saw the creepy Orphanage facemasks, I figured this was a buncha heads to be ignored at ones peril. I am awaiting an interview response, so I’ll probably post a second/updated blog next week or whenever they get back to me. This is yet another release for whom the thick distorted guitar from בלטה has crept in from the cold and is now making severe waves. I sure hope this is a new underground sound ‘cause I am really digging it.
Written under duress by Steven