|Review: Machine Men - Machine Men|
Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
If Iron Maiden ever died in a plane crash, it's comforting to know that these fine young chaps from Finland would be there to take their place - and no one would ever notice! Machine Men have been a solid source of dependable Heavy Metal for the last few years, and this was their debut EP, buried now in the sands of time, a good representation of the band's infantile first steps onto the great wide world of Heavy Metal. The band hasn't changed their sound too much from this early recording; they still eat, sleep and breathe Iron Maiden-esque riffs and juicy, galloping guitar harmonies, and they still have the charismatic vocals of Antony Parviainen, who is probably Bruce Dickinson's clone or forgotten half brother. In fact, the only thing separating this little EP from their later works is the fact that it's slightly more raw and unrefined than what we're used to, with a heavier, more hollow sounding production job that lends a nice old school crunch to the riffs that is missing from future releases.
"Men Inside the Machine" and "Eye of Truth" are fantastic openers, with catchy, bouncy choruses and simple, straightforward Heavy Metal riffs that could've come straight from the Golden Age in a time capsule, but then you get "Slave Trade," which just doesn't seem to work right, with a weaker riff and a plodding pace. "Enjoy Insanity" is better, although still not great, and then we finish with the cover of "Aces High," which is pretty much no different from the original, just re-done with different vocals and a different production.
This EP isn't exactly essential, but for fans of Machine Men, or fans of Iron Maiden looking for something within their comfort zone, it's worth a look. Machine Men would go onto better things, though. So go get Circus of Fools.
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