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Chris Hislop looks back at his favorite music picks for 2013
Here we go! The annual best of (locals) list! (The) Hislop’s top 13 in ’13. A bakers dozen. The tunes that were cooked up and delivered this year are a batch I will never forget. The choices were vast, and, per usual, difficult to pare down. I stared at each and every one through the glass case and salivated at the sheer wealth of the offerings that were stacked high. There are no losers in my book, but alas, I had to choose just 13. It has been so much fun consuming all the music I’ve been privy to for the last, well, 13 years I’ve lived here on the Seacoast. Watching bands grow, develop, come, go, and retool is a piece of my life I’m forever grateful for.– READ MORE
SUPERMACHINE, Album Review – Incognito Music, Models, and More
OK, so recently I’ve featured a lot of heavy rock bands as the pick of the week. What can I say? There have been a lot of good heavy rock releases recently. Supermachine is another Small Stone artist that is bringing real (and real loud) rock and roll back to the people. You can admit it. You’ve missed music that makes you want to don your old sleeveless t-shirt and ripped jeans. Well, you don’t have to miss it anymore. READ MORE
This is the self-titled album from New Hampshire based SUPERMACHINE. And with such a name I expected a huge heavy monster. But it has nothing to do with such Groove monsters like Deville or Dozer. Their sound has some comparison to bands like Metallica (Load-ear), Alice in Chains (vocals sometimes) or Warrior Soul. Some members played before in SCISSORFIGHT (bass and guitar) and have now a new monster band. READ MORE
Often when writing reviews, I am faced with the task of dissecting a bands sound, breaking it down to find comparisons to other bands. By doing that, you can describe to the listeners other artists that they resemble in sound and style. On occasion, you hit upon a band that sounds remarkably like one of your all-time favourite bands without them having anything at all in common with that said band. SUPERMACHINE is one of those bands.
While listening to the self titled album from this New Hampshire based band, I was struck by how much they reminded me of the band SPREAD EAGLE and WARRIOR SOUL. What also became apparent was that this was not a case of one band trying to emulate another. It’s ironic because I’m sure that SUPERMACHINE has probably never heard of either of the aforementioned bands due to their seminal status during the mid-90s Hard Rock hey days. READ MORE
The following review is in Swedish. You can translate the review here by copying and pasting into the Google Translator Here.
Historien säger att amerikanska SUPERMACHINE bildades i en nedlagd stridsvagnsfabrik, och det förvånar mig inte alls.
Den självbetitlade debuten har nämligen en tung doft av diesel och olja över sig. Musikaliskt klingar det som av en ohelig allians av så pass udda akter som gamla ALICE IN CHAINS och THE ALMIGHTY (med en viss herr Ricky Warwick som frontman, kanske ändå mest känd för sitt äktenskap med Headbanger’s Ball-Vanessa Warwick) och MONSTER MAGNET. READ MORE
SUPERMACHINE, Allston Pudding Music Blog – by: Adam Parshall
The New Hampshire-based metal machine threw everything at us, their thumping low-end rock shaking TT’s to its foundations. To quote Tenacious D, “You can’t kill the Metal.” This was obviously true, as they ripped through a brain-pouding set that included songs like “Transformer.” They got bluesy with the Ram Jam-esque “Buffalo,” all the while keeping the heavy riffage flowing. With lead singer David Nebbia taking a page out of James Hetfield’s book, they dove into a heavy dose of thrash metal, with “Solution” and “Warlord.” Their closer, “Broken,” was a nonstop train of low-end guitar and bass riffs, backed by some of the loudest drums I had ever witnessed live. READ MORE (scroll down)
Hailing from the rock and roll super-hub of Portsmouth, New Hampshire (okay, maybe not), Supermachine plays a no-nonsense style of heavy rock n roll. Taking a page from Small Stone Records label mates Deville, Dixie Witch, Sun Gods in Exile, to name a few, Supermachine steps back into the 90s for inspiration. Black Crowes, whiffs of grunge and even heavier bands like Load-era Metallica are all detectable within the grooves of this record. READ MORE