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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.

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  • Egheraz

    Europa reminds me of Flagcarrier. Love it and fits well in Phantom Shadow.

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  • MachineAnimal

    Have to say I think Phantom Shadow is my favorite MaSu album now. Topping View mainly because of the story, atmosphere and being more than just a collection of songs.

    31 Aug 12:17pm Reply
  • zsomborfekete

    adamagedone: Definitely A View From The End Of The World.

    31 Aug 11:22am Reply
  • adamagedone

    Ok, I wanna get into this band. Any first album recommendation? Possibly something catchy.

    31 Aug 5:03am Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    @MachineAnimal: good but not stellar, the disharmonic structures are the main issue for me. I enjoy the record but I don't feel a spark I felt when heard the previous 4 albums. But then again, it's aimed more towards the early stuff as I get it so no wonder.

    30 Aug 6:40pm Reply
  • zsomborfekete

    10+ listens more, Phantom Shadow is just überbadass! And no matter what anyone says, Europa rocks! >>This is not my end I know that for certain now This is something else A new day, a different self << Brothers and sisters, we're marching forward, for Steve and for us all! Personally, I would love to see the band incorporating celtic elements in some of their tracks as they would do with the 'For My Brother' soundtrack. That would be celtic cyberpunk, kids...! Of course I would also tolerate some glitchcore/drumstep influence anytime C: Genres to the blender!

    30 Aug 3:53pm Reply
  • MachineAnimal

    Meat_Wolf: What is your final opinion?

    29 Aug 6:20pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Already played it 40+ times so my conclusions have already been more or less shaped :P

    28 Aug 9:05am Reply
  • Locohappy

    The album is growing on me, but Europa, man. I think it's poorly placed on the album and it drags way too long. The acoustic guitars are cool, though.

    28 Aug 7:40am Reply
  • MachineAnimal

    I agree with zsomborfekete

    27 Aug 4:47pm 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!

    27 Aug 3:58pm Reply
  • Ondskapet

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

    27 Aug 3:16pm 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.

    27 Aug 3:12pm 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.

    27 Aug 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?

    26 Aug 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...

    26 Aug 8:44pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Thank you guys very much.

    26 Aug 12:53pm Reply
  • LGHyourinmaru

    Haha just saying :).

    26 Aug 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!

    26 Aug 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.

    26 Aug 9:25am Reply
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