Album review: Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day
Oh great, I thought when I picked up this record, another bloody death metal CD (nothing against death metal, I just get so many of them, of dubious quality). I was in no way ready for what On This Perfect Day turned out to be.A dirty word to some perhaps, but the only way to describe this is 21st century prog rock/metal. And not in a ‘Yes’ twenty keyboards and songs about the elfin times concept album way either. In the Pink Floyd tradition, Guilt Machine use the space of their songs to create huge, dark soundscapes in which to rock out.
Slowly the band add layer after layer of sounds, and explore different facets of the theme, returning and diverging as time goes on. And if that all sounds a bit too inaccessible, it’s really not, there are plenty of verse/chorus structures that everyone will be able to follow – it’s just there’s also a lot that happens in between.
Utilising electronics responsibly on top of the usual rock sounds, there are elements of Queen, Muse, Radiohead, Placebo and maybe even a little industrial here and there. My only complaint is the samples that open almost every song – some kind of answer phone messages in an unknown language (Dutch at a guess) that just ramble on – I can only presume they have some kind of meaning in the band’s native Netherlands.
This record will not be for everyone – anyone that gets a bit confused by Muse album tracks for instance should run a mile – but if you like a bit of something a bit more atmospheric and experimental, you could do worse than this.
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