You'll often hear me talk about that fine line between the complex musical arrangements of truly gifted musicians operating on another level and what is commonly referred to as wankery. And as much as I can respect the obvious talents of a given group of musicians, it's always a disappointment when their album isn't greater than the sum of its parts. Such is the case with One Machine and their debut album, The Distortion of Lies and the Overdriven Truth.
Having an impressive list of associated acts (Testament, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors, Mnemic, and Mercenary), One Machine sounds like it could be the dream debut of a band that wouldn't be called a supergroup only because of its members' lack of household name status. Sadly, the album seems to suffer from a lack of flow that puts some of the best introduction to One Machine at the last half of the album. tracks like Into Nothing and the fantastic Last Star Alights would've made a graceful beginning to TDOLATOT rather than the frenetic title track, though the most intense track, Evict the Enemy, feels like the proper denouement to the proceedings.
The Bottom Line: This is one of those unfortunate cases where more is less. There's an undeniable surplus of musical talent on display here, but in the metal maelstrom of sound, the thread of melody gets muddled past the point of enjoyment. But there is hope, as slower moments on the album provide a glimpse of what this band is really capable of, for future releases.
Tracks That Make You Wish There Were More Of Them On This Album: Into Nothing and Last Star Alights
- Genghis once again laments the dearth of Stine Brothers material...