Mechina - Empyrean

7.9 | 94 votes |
Release date: 1 January 2013
Style: Industrial death metal


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01. Aporia
02. Asterion
03. Interregnum
04. Imperialus
05. Anathema
06. Catechism
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08. Eleftheria
09. Empyrean
10. Infineon
11. Terminus

David Holch - vocals
Joe Tiberi - guitar, programming
David Gavin - drums
Steve Amarantos - bass

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In 2011, Mechina released Conqueror, an oft-overlooked industrial death metal tour de force that was nevertheless just flawed enough to fly under the radar of most genre fans. Indeed, now we know that it was really just a taste of things to come, a great concept marred by lack of experience and perhaps a few too many elements borrowed from other bands. It was the musical equivalent of Arthur C. Clarke writing Warhammer 40K fan fiction, with the author's innate talent struggling to emerge from beneath genre conventions.

published 28.01.2013 | Comments (14)

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14.01.2013 - 14:56
Rating: 7

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Remarkable flow to this album, shame it's disjointed though with the symphonic/orchestral elements sounding so separate to the industrial death part. The cleans are nice but also feel a little separated to me.
16.01.2013 - 04:57
Rating: 9

Posts: 28
From: Canada

This album is a very pleasant surprise! I heard it for the first time today, with no prior knowledge of this band whatsoever. Vaguely reminiscent of FEAR FACTORY, though with a much more ambitious scope. Very good interplay between guttural lows and absolutely soaring clean vocals. The orchestral elements are pushed way up to the forefront (a la EPICA or, more accurately, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE) which would normally be a distraction for me, but MECHINA does it with such conviction that it doesn't feel like a tired gimmick. That said, my only problem with the album is that the guitars suffer from the orchestral-centered production. It's really a shame because there are some very solid riffs that command the listener's attention, but are forced to compete with the "soundtrack" moments to be heard.

But I'm just nitpicking here. "Empyrean" is my first album of 2013, and MECHINA are sure to hover near the top of the list for new discoveries this year! Very much worth a listen (or two).
19.01.2013 - 18:13

Posts: 71
From: USA
Cool album, shitty production.
19.01.2013 - 18:13

Posts: 71
From: USA
Anathema is amazing.
11.02.2013 - 22:53
Rating: 8

Posts: 659
From: UK

I am very impressed with this album. If the only the production and the musical arrangements were improved upon, then we might have something REALLY good.
18.02.2013 - 15:38

Posts: 687
From: Lithuania

I liked the production. Actually everything reminds me Kalisia a lot. Strong contender to 2013s top.
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04.03.2013 - 23:05
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Posts: 1463
From: USA

Requires catchiness
17.07.2013 - 14:51
Rating: 7

Posts: 664
From: France
Nice album, but tends to lose power as it goes on (the bonus tracks are too mellow for instance). I tend to like Conqueror better, shorter but surely stronger too.
03.09.2013 - 04:57

Posts: 274
From: Ireland

Such good music.

Why did the production have to be so atrocious?
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