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Machinae Supremacy

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Luleå, Sweden (2000 – present)

Machinae Supremacy is a metal band from Luleå, Sweden. Their musical style is based on the use of the Sidstation synthesizer, which incorporates the SID (Sound Interface Device) of the Commodore 64 home computer. The retro-electronic sound is blended with a metal sound to produce a special kind of “SID-metal” . Their album Redeemer (released March 18th, 2006 as an ‘Underground Edition’), was described by the band in an interview as everything DXM (Deus Ex Machinae, the debut album) wasn’t. It was re-released on November 8th, 2006 as a remixed version under Spinefarm Records.

On february 13th, 2008, the CD Overworld was released worldwide. It was the second CD released through Spinefarm and consists of 12 tracks, including one cover (‘’Gimme More’’ by Britney Spears). Compared to Deus Ex Machinae (MbD Records, a now defunct label) and Redeemer (Spinefarm), Overworld is a blend between the energetic SID as heard on DXM and the raw sound of Redeemer. Later in 2008 the song ‘’Overworld’’ was featured in a hockey-commercial on the Swedish television. Two songs, ‘’Bionic Commando Main Theme’’ and ‘’Area 88’’ were recorded and released on the band’s MySpace as well as on the official Bionic Commando (2009 video game). The ‘’Bionic Commando Main Theme’’ was also featured in a promotional video.

Bionic Commando isn’t the first game Machinae Supremacy got involved with. In 2004 they released the well-received and praised 28 track Jets’n’Guns Official Soundtrack, leveling up this side scrolling shooter. The album can be downloaded from their website.

Machinae Supremacy is planning to release a fourth CD through Spinefarm in 2010. Further details are yet to be revealed.

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  • MachineAnimal

    I agree with zsomborfekete

    5 hours ago Reply
  • zsomborfekete

    Give the new album some more listens, people. It's obviously harder to digest than some previous works, but definitely keeping it strong. The concept idea is also great, it gives some extra emotional boost to the whole show!

    5 hours ago Reply
  • Ondskapet

    Also, how can one dislike the vocals of an entire gender?

    6 hours ago Reply
  • Ondskapet

    Alot of people complain about the squeaks on the acoustic guitar, I don't really find them annoying. I don't know how many times I've listened to the album so far, but it's still ace, up there with redeemer.

    6 hours ago Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Why do so many people dislike Europa? ._. At least the harmonies are done right there, the strings are pretty much magical and the overall atmosphere is very nicely done. Although I don't like female vocals, they don't fit the mood.

    Yesterday 5:59am Reply
  • MachineAnimal

    I always felt Overworld was their weakest album. This is more for the people who enjoyed Redeemer and everything before that. I'd describe Phantom Shadow as a more epic Redeemer with vibes from Deus Ex Machinae and the demo tracks (The great old SID sound!). Redeemer was also the first MaSu album that I thought was only pretty good at first until I listened it more. Redeemer was just so different compared to what came before it. I feel it's maybe the same thing here for some fans?

    Yesterday 8:57pm Reply
  • MachineAnimal

    Loving the album and only done with about three listens. Perfect Dark, Beyond Good and Evil, Versus and Hubnester Rising are simply amazing. Up there with all the best MaSu songs. Pretty much all the other songs seem great too. Though not fond of some of the weird acoustic guitar in Europa. The weakest song imo...

    Yesterday 8:44pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Thank you guys very much.

    Yesterday 12:53pm Reply
  • LGHyourinmaru

    Haha just saying :).

    Yesterday 11:02am Reply
  • Rage-inducing

    Well yes, I am not here to argue linguistics, merely stating what I heard x)... You would be right in saying that, however!

    Yesterday 9:32am Reply
  • LGHyourinmaru

    @Rage: It depends in what tense she is talking in, depending on that 'beat' and 'beats' are both applicable. Second phrase: "her" seems more logical since the subject is a 'she' in the sentence before and the sentence seems more logical like that.

    Yesterday 9:25am Reply
  • Rage-inducing

    ↓ I hear the same as LGH, except I hear "beats" (and not "beat") and "why have we never seen here before?" (and not "her"). So: "If she beats him, she must surely be powerful. But, why have we never seen here before? She is someone new...or someone old."

    26 Aug 9:19am Reply
  • LGHyourinmaru

    Meat_Wolf: If she beat him, she must surely be powerfull. But, why have we never seen her before? She is someone new. Or someone old

    26 Aug 9:11am Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Can anyone catch what a girl says in Meanwhile in the Hall of Shadows?

    26 Aug 7:39am Reply
  • ShadowAurion

    What a fantastic record they've put out here. Admittedly, I was a bit let down when ROADN came out, despite having two really great songs on it (All of My Angels and Laser Speed Force.) This feels like a great middle ground between Redeemer and AVFTEOTW. Europa is really the only weak track, and it's still pretty good. Versus is such a barn burner of a song.

    25 Aug 11:46pm Reply
  • Lazu90

    love the new album! but i cant stand "Europa" goddamn those guitar squeaks makes it unlistenable for me

    25 Aug 8:06am Reply
  • GiantIsopod

    The new album is awesome. It reminds me more of their old stuff that got me into them in the first place. It even has some orchestral parts again, which they haven't done since Redeemer, I think. I love it! This is easily in my top 3 along with Deus Ex Machinae and Redeemer.

    25 Aug 1:33am Reply
  • Rage-inducing

    The new album is amazing. It's just that the hooks are a bit more subtle and more importantly - the pacing of the album lends itself to its 'grower nature' more, with the songs also being more layered and less "lead guitar fireworks galore". It also shows how versatile MaSu are as musicians. I agree with Saltfish (who said their last album was their worst - also for the same reasons); this new album is growing on me each passing day and it's already fantastic. The album has lots of those blazing leads, solos and melodies, but most of those songs are at the end of the album, with the first half being mostly slower/vocal-driven/multi-layered (except Throne of Games, which fucking kicks ass by the way - it has FOUR guitar solos, the usual MaSu is still here...). Great album. Going to the release gig/party.

    25 Aug 12:14am Reply
  • Ondskapet

    Been listening to MaSu since around 06 when redeemer dropped and to me this is easily their best effort since overworld.

    24 Aug 11:19pm Reply
  • tribeonlinefr

    CD-Review: Machinae Supremacy - Phantom Shadow - http://www.tribe-online.de/music/musik-reviews/machinae-supremacy-phantom-shadow/

    24 Aug 9:28am Reply
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