Abandon Earth - Savage Machine

Eight of the black

Abandon Earth is an unpolished gem that has all the elements to make Danish fans of the classic heavy metal proud, and the album may be the band's springboard to a more central place on the country's metalscene. When you with originality can write riffstærke, nostalgic songs, as Savage Machine has managed it, deserves one eight page black scalps, although there are still some sharp edges.

After the prolonged silence...

Savage Machine has flourished on the metalbegivenheder and opvarmningsspots recent years, where they have delivered a number of very good concerts on the smaller stages in Life. The songs from the band's EP, Through The Iron Forest, has long carried the band's concerts, so the release of the single, the "Event Horizon", from the current album was an important breath of fresh air when it came out in 2016. It took a year before the rest of the album was ready for release. The single turned out luckily to be just a modest foretaste of the storm of classical heavymusik, as the melodic metal band has let loose with Abandon Earth.

Delicious combinations of classic techniques

Metallen is in its purest form throughout the new album – not too simple, not too technical, but crisp all the way to the leg. The band members are well aware of the niveaukravet, which is a genre that has housed several metalgiganter. A clear inspiration from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, add a good dose of aarhusiansk gumption. Instead of plagiarizing the legends, making the band the genre to their own, and goes from a serious, narrative Dickinson-vocals for the high scream in the style of Rob His singing – "The Fourth Dimension" is a good example of this. The bass occupies a secure baggrundsrolle, while the guitar riffs and drum rhythms shoots sparks in the interaction with the supple vocals.

For the smooth are the vocals on the majority of the album. Troels Rasmussen throws delicious lyrikstykker off, without the thick effektlag to get harder and harder to avoid in modern plates. But where he bears the majority of the plate numbers fall he unfortunately suffered through in some passages. In the case of the proggede introsang, "Exodus", on which the Savage Machine moves a little too far out of the in. Also get the band nor drawn the last number, "Welcome to Hell", home, there also is a slightly awkward leap out into some new pitched tones. The two are, however, the only songs, where the sci-fi concept takes the upper hand. But what does it do, when the rest of the album is filled with good, well-balanced, røvsparkende heavynumre.

One also notes a bit of inspiration from the end of the 90's-start-00'the powermetalbølge, which becomes clear on songs like "The Hunter" and "Behind The Veil", which just as well could have been Hammerfall classics. Even though the genre eventually is old, Savage Machine, with varied technique and song writing, gone free of clichés and overacting patterns, such as bands in the same genre can easily port in.

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