I recently discovered Machines Dream and I was very surprised by their quality music.
They are Canadians, and their discography consists of 4 albums so far.
In 2017, the band released their latest work named “Black Science”, which can be found in digital or physical (CD) version (https://machinesdream.bandcamp.com/album/black-science).
Black Science is dark; dark and wonderful…
The lyrics of the album are focused on the 20th Century and especially to the 2 great world wars; WW1 and WW2.
As for their sound, this is solid, powerful, heavy and dark. (I will probably use the word 'dark' a lot in this piece).
The strong Pink Floyd influences (among other bands) can be found everywhere, but that is not a problem at all.
The album opens with the short intro “Armistice Day”, followed by “Weimar”, which is the album's longest track and one of the highlights without a doubt.
After listened to “Weimar” for the first time, I stopped listening to the rest of the album, and listened to it twice before deciding to continue.
Yes, it's that good!
The “Cannons Cry” comes next; this is a more powerful tune, but also dark and heavy.
Then, “Heavy Water” enters, which - if I'm not mistaken - is about the efforts both sides did in order to compete each other on who is gonna create the A-Bomb first. Another excellent tune!
“Airfield on Sunwick” is the album's 5th song, a melancholic but lighter tune, very beautiful as well.
The 6th track, titled in the name of the album, points out some of the the worst things that humanity did during the 20th Century, besides the 2 great wars. Another highlight here.
As I was reaching the end, I discovered the first song I didn't like, which is “UXB”. It is not bad, but is nowhere near the previous ones.
The last song is “Noise to Signal” which is the second song I didn't like so much. Again, it's not bad, but nothing special either (but this is better than “UXB”, its 2nd part especially).
By summing up, “Black Science” is a really good album, not very easy to listen to, and certainly not so enjoyable or fun.
It is heavy, dark, serious, melancholic, and… great!
Black Science is a really interesting, not to say a unique release.
Highly recommended, yet you must consider all things I wrote above.
Also, keep in mind that it will take some time and a few listeinings to really appreciate it.
If you think that all aforementioned sound interesting, then go for it! You will not regret it.
4 solid stars from me