Aug 2012 20

Force.Is.Machine - ResurrectionForce.Is.Machine
Category: Industrial
Album: Resurrection (Sampler EP)
Stars: 3
Blurb: This sampler EP from Force.Is.Machine’s latest album brings your ears good ol’ industrial, but doesn’t really break any barriers.


After an unfortunate accident in 2010, founder and original member Stefan St. John of Force.Is.Machine passed away. It wasn’t until 2012 that previous live keyboardist Kertis Abersold – a.k.a. Kert Rotten – decided to resurrect the project with his long time friends Steve Bowman and Crystal (Coleco) and release the album Resurrection, with this free five track EP as a sampler.

As the first track, “Defunct,” begins, your ears are approached with what would setoff your typical industrial album. Shortly before the one minute mark, you are teased with some grungy guitars and probably begin to ask yourself, “Where is this going to go?” Well, you soon find yourself listening to what you’ve heard before from other bands. 30 seconds later, you are greeted with your expected distorted vocals, but unfortunately, Force.Is.Machine pushes it almost a little too far to the point of not understanding anything at all. Not to say the distortion or similarly styled effects used on vocals is a bad thing by any means, but it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t take away from the main focus: the voice.

The rest of the EP follows suit, unfortunately; lots of use of samples from television and film, the extremely distorted vocals, almost all five tracks following the same tempo, etc. etc. The question arises as to whether the entirety of Resurrection will yield any surprises at all. Even the mixing and production/mastering isn’t the best, although these sorts of services can sometimes be tough on the wallet and when one is on a shoestring budget, one must do what one must do. Not a single track sticks out from one another. However, this is neither bad nor good.

With further experience with working on creating music, Force.Is.Machine has the potential to release a future EP or album that could knock your socks off, but this sampler doesn’t really do that. Suffice to say, if the EP is any indication, then the full-length album isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but fans of bands like Velvet Acid Christ should enjoy this release.

I would like to end this with my deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Stefan St. John. May he rest in peace.
Track list:

  1. Futuredk
  2. Todeslager II
  3. Eradication
  4. Resurrection
  5. Eradication (Hexen Prozess Remix)
  6. Eigenen Blut
  7. Defunct
  8. Die Skumbag!
  9. The Letter
  10. Fear
  11. System Failure
  12. Zivilhassen
  13. Kampf Fur
  14. Void
  15. Accessory

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