Machine Bites

Van Richter Records
Release date
8 Sep 1994
Running length
18 tracks
Running time



    Track     Duration Listeners
1 They Exist 0:54 246
2 Not Now, Not Here 5:28 1,740
3 Primitiv Kultur 0:41 118
4 Frantic (Dare To Run) 5:03 249
5 You Are Simply...Human 0:19 4
6 What's To Be Done Now 4:41 659
7 Casket Tower 4:22 234
8 Anne.Lyz 1:02 342
9 Vengeance Z. Cut 5:34 97
10 Prisca Laughing Mouth Edit 4:42 177
11 Soulspirit The Real Spirit 7:52 111
12 Woe 1:00 353
13 Alaska 3 Refv 4:37 107
14 No Rescue 1:06 161
15 Cold Contempt 4:23 452
16 Shatter That Gate 3:43 192
17 Shelter Endless Sighs Edit 6:07 75
18 Haematic 5:56 164

About this album

Compiled from the albums Spell of Joy and Bite Release Bite plus songs from their three singles, “Not Now, Not Here” for example is pure dark dance, but commercial enough for Dave Gahan to sell his soul for. “Frantic” in contrast is purer industrial but still maintains a driving beat further in “Whats to be Done” has an atmospheric key board cloaked in goth’s dark colors, while “Prisca” mixes in synthpop and “Soulspirit” could appear in KMFDM’s songbook. Vocals range from compressed to untreated and even include some harmonies. Between the main songs, short sampled pieces ranging from ambient to industrial somehow tie it all together. If Machine Bites sounds like a garbled mess, you’ve missed the point. The Fair Sex manage to stretch across the electro field but never loose touch with their vision of dance rhythms and melodies. If you’re unfamiliar with their name, join the club but something this good should not go unnoticed much longer. Innovative and intriguing, catchy, yet atmospheric, this album is a must.

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