Nov 2013 11

Anti-Mechanism - Moments Before the CollapseAnti-Mechanism
Category: Electro / Industrial
Album: Moments Before the Collapse
Stars: 3
Blurb: Orchestral arrangements of furious synths and guitars and distorted vocals evoking life in the impending chaos of the apocalypse make for a darkly engaging if somewhat predictable debut album.


New Jersey’s Anti-Mechanism has earned quite a name for itself since the band’s inception in 2005. With a heavy dose of distorted electronics and menacing vocals topped off with dark orchestral flourishes, the band has had the privilege of opening for numerous heavy hitters in the electro/industrial scene, including Psyclon Nine, Haujobb, Combichrist, Aesthetic Perfection, and BILE to name but a few. Not only that, but the band was among the many featured at the first Triton Festival. With the 2007 EP release of The Ending Swallows Us Whole, the duo of Brian Alt and David Borsky has spent the better part of five years honing its craft, resulting in this full-length debut, Moments Before the Collapse.

After the appropriately titled “Prelude” introduces us with a familiar bit of what could be the soundtrack to a horror film, the title track launches a punishing display of marching percussion and noisy audio terror. Walls of synths and guitar weave a furious web upon which Alt’s distorted voice viciously bellows. Throughout the album, an atmosphere of post-apocalyptic fear and rage is maintained, driven by a well produced set of gritty electronics and an ultimately simple range of progressions that should appeal to fans of the last wave of electro/industrial. And yet, Anti-Mechanism does well to infuse a flavor all its own. One can’t help but feel the presence of a distinct metal influence throughout the album, which is ironically not evoked by the guitars, but rather by the band’s sense of pomp flair and harsh arrangements. The power drill-like samples that augment “Last Alive” help to give the track a much more traditionally industrial feel, along with a stabbing synth bass that for some reason makes this writer think of the earlier works of Fear Factory, albeit less guitar driven. Similarly, later tracks like “Rise Up” and “The Ending Swallows Us Whole” feature whiplash drumbeats that with the rapid fire synths and guitars are perfect for waving fists and stomping boots in any mosh pit, and with the scathing yet darkly melodic waves of lead lines of “Resolution in Negative Space,” Anti-Mechanism bring the album to a grinding, malevolent close that almost had this writer banging his head.

There is one unfortunate aspect to Moments Before the Collapse in its almost constant tone, maintained from beginning to end by its despairing ambience. While it perfectly instills images of impending chaos and failing bloody survival in the end times, it all becomes a tad predictable before the album’s end as the band never seems to break out of its formula of audio violence and terror. Still, as each song seems to be carefully constructed to never linger beyond its initial sense of impact, monotony never sets in, keeping Moments Before the Collapse a simply enjoyable piece of harsh electro/industrial that may signal greater developments in Anti-Mechanism’s formula on future releases.
Track list:

  1. Prelude
  2. Moments Before the Collapse
  3. StagNation
  4. Last Alive
  5. Endemic
  6. Life Support
  7. Rise Up
  8. The Ending Swallows Us Whole
  9. Legacy of Dust
  10. Resolution in Negative Space

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker8x)

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