|Review: Machina - Hellbound Heart|
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
This is the second album from Finnish band Machina, who have CDs that make them look like some kind of groove band, but are actually a straight up heavy Metal Band with some real promise. Now, this is not a great album, but it shows a band who could go places. Their major problem, unsurprisingly, is production. Theirs is not bad, but it is not mixed right to capitalize on their sound. They are doing a power/hard rock thing like Battle Beast, but their mix buries the vocals and amps up the guitars way out of proportion. If they want to get the big pop-hook choruses, they need more punch behind the vocals, and even when they go for a big chorus and the guitars are just providing backup, they have the guitars turned up so loud you can't hear anything else. Normally I am all in favor of louder guitars, but in this case their mix lacks any kind of sensitivity to the songwriting, and it tramples all over what they are trying to do. Passable.
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