Saturday, July 14, 2012

SCREAMING MECHANICAL BRAIN Album Review


Screaming Mechanical Brain – The Policy Of Unilateral Hate
SMB Laboratories, April 2012
9/10

I didn’t know what exactly to think when lead track “Salt The Earth” first blasted through my speakers, leaving my ears hurting and my mind confused. After a few careful listens I got it. The Policy Of Unilateral Hate, the new album from this Twin Cities-based electronic metal band is pure genius, melding numerous influences and sounds into a crazy, psychotic mix that slams your skull with massive intensity. Screaming Mechanical Brain’s origins go back some 15 years, and numerous releases and hard work since 2001 have resulted in widespread exposure in part due to several national tours with the likes of Mindless Self Indulgence and Psychostick (with whom some members have played with as touring musicians). The most obvious comparison to Screaming Mechanical Brain is Mushroomhead, but there’s also a healthy dose of Sybreed-like aggression. “The Girls Of Nihilism” has some cool layered vocals and sounds like it could have been written by long-forgotten early-90s band T-Ride, while “A Series Of Numbers” reminds me of Kraftwerk. Keyboards are used liberally throughout the album, and vocals are sung in a variety of styles from hoarse screaming to computerized voices. There’s so much going on in each song, but once you have a chance to disgust them it’s fun to listen to all the mayhem. The 11 songs clock in at a comfortable 38 minutes, and a full listen through the entire album leaves you gasping for air. Along with the two previously mentioned songs, other favorites are “Nothing To Believe”, “Conspiracy”, and “How We Became A Monster”. The Policy Of Unilateral Hate is one of the most original albums I’ve heard in a while, and there’s a remarkable amount of depth while retaining a high level of insanity. With the right support and a bit of luck, Screaming Mechanical Brain is poised to make a huge breakthrough.

Screaming Mechanical Brain performs tonight, Saturday, July 14 at Station 4 in St. Paul with support from Brothers Loyalty, If I Ran The Zoo, Molly’s Worst Enemy, Our Judgment, We Follow One, and Pierre.

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