I discovered Machines Dream recently and I was very surprised by the quality of their music. They are Canadians, and their discography consists of 4 albums so far.
In 2017 the band released their latest work, named as Black Science, which can be found in digital or physical (CD) version.
Black Science is dark; dark and wonderful…
The lyrics of the album are focused on the 20th Century, and especially to the 2 great wars; WW1 and WW2. As for heir sound, 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 I 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 which comes next, 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 create first the A-Bomb. Another excellent tune!
Airfield on Sunwick is the album’s 5th song, a melancholic but lighter tune, very beautiful as well.
The 6th track is the title song, which points out some of the worst things that humanity did during the 20th Century, further than the 2 great wars. Another highlight here.
As I was reaching towards 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 it is better than UXB, especially during its 2nd part).
So, to sum 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!
It is a really interesting, not to say unique release.
Highly recommended, but you must consider the things I wrote above. Also, have in mind that it will take some time and a few listens in order to really appreciate it.
If you think that the things you just read sounds interesting, then go for it! You will not regret it.
4 solid stars from me
If you click on the following YT link, you will be able to listen to Heavy Water.