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Review: Mechanical Organic - This Global Hive: Part Two
Mechanical Organic
This Global Hive: Part Two

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 50:22
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 31, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
This Global Hive: Part Two


Australia's Mechanical Organic breaks out the Dream Theater-style Progressive Metal on their 2014 album This Global Hive: Part Two. Dream Theater is the foundation and Mechanical Organic employ challenging songwriting, tricky time signatures and unusual vocal lines quite well. I also hear some of the melodic backing vocals pioneered by Queensryche and the heavy, more Power Metal-oriented guitar work typical of Symphony-X. Pretty good stuff, all in all. What I struggle with when listening to This Global Hive: Part Two is finding a hook, riff or lick I can latch on to. There's just nothing all that memorable, to my ears. The performances are excellent and the sound is great but it all goes by in a 50+ minute blur and I'm at a loss to describe it in more than general terms.

I freely admit the charms of This Global Hive: Part Two are lost on me and that may be more a function of what rings the bell for me than anything lacking in Mechanical Organic's music. But, at the end of the day, I can still recall the choruses from songs like "Fata Morgana," "Pull Me Under" and "Iconoclast" but even after several listens, nothing from this album is sticking. Fans of Progressive Metal that are more dedicated than I will want to check out the album but I wouldn't expect anything too distinctive.

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