SAVIOUR MACHINE - 20th ANNIVERSARY / 1990 DEMO
Metal To Infinity
Machine is a band from the USA, formed back in 1989 by the brothers Eric
(vocals) and Jeff (guitars) Clayton – Dean Forsyth played bass and Chris Fee
was on drums… their first recording ever was a demo that saw daylight in 1990.
With songs writings about biblical facts, Saviour Machine can be considered as a
Christian band playing their stuff in a Dark / Gothic Wave manner. I’m not
attracted by this type of music, that’s why you won’t find back one single
album from these guys until a while ago I received a promo pack from Retroactive
Records – one of the physical stuff inside the package was the limited edition
from Saviour Machine called “20th Anniversary / 1990 Demo”.
In fact a very nice collectors item for the true fans of the band, as for
me I checked out all of the to write down my thoughts on it as follows.
CD (produced by Eric Clayton & Brian Kerhew) is actually a re-issue, a
remixed version of the original analog recording of the eight song demo as
originally recorded back in 1990. Die-hard fans had a rough time to get hold of
this demo due to the product was out of print for quite a while – problem
solved now and big thanks to Retroactive Records who are true masters in
republishing good old Metal works. Besides the entire demo, the track list is
completed with very rare stuff like ‘Ludicrous Smile’, ‘A World Alone’
(both 1991 demo recording) and a previously unreleased studio edition of
‘Church Of The Vatican Slaves’. Be aware of the fact the album is available
as ‘limited edition’ so be quick if you want to buy your own copy – place
an order right HERE
Clayton’s voice sounds very dramatic / melancholic with a psychedelic
undertone, he’s capable to resonate a lot of emotions deep within his throat.
The musical aspect of these guys’ style of music definitely dances in total
darkness, that’s why I’d like to call their name of the game dark minded
Rock / Metal with a serious Gothic vibe. Some of the tracks still know how to
keep my ears focussed on what will come on the other moment. Expect the
unexpected from those tracks starting in a very easy mode but as time passes by
they will end up real heavy in the end. One piece calls ‘The Revelation’,
lasts for at least 22 minutes and reflects what a band like Saviour Machine is
all about. This song brings all the elements above characterising the band’s
trademark. Even the facts I’m not
hooked on Dark / Gothic esque type of Rock and Metal music, ‘The Revelation’
(divided into five parts) has real good moves on board. The song structure is
quite amazing and heavy as the grand finale approaches… good one!
limited edition reflects a band in their early days and I have the intention
that the sound differs from what they brought on later on (and that’s a lot,
check Saviour Machine’s discography). Again, I’m not very familiar with
Saviour Machine, I just make up my mind and confirm that they seem a bit harder
and rougher than what the guys released the following years. Listening to “20th;
Anniversary / 1990 Demo” I’ve heard some good moments but still I do not
feel the real attraction, the rush!
product for fans of Dark / Gothic Rock & Metal – available as a black and
white coloured limited edition digipack loaded with very rare material.
Collectors item for sure so be fast and order quickly at: http://www.retroactiverecords.net/
My Points: 73 / 100 (Review By Stefan)