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Machina - Dark Age Digital - 2004 - Self Released

Track Listing
1. A Light In The Dark
2. Against The Time
3. Absence Of Light
4. War Is Alive
5. Machinery
6. The Menace
It seems like more and more great bands come out of the icy climate of Finland. This time around we get Machina, a comprehensive power prog act that combines the sounds of Stratovarius, Thunderstone, and Voice into an effective and rousing display of musical vision and art.

"Dark Age Digital" is the band's first recording to date, a six song journey that really focuses on more of a well rounded power metal approach. Obviously the fast, speedy set is firmly in place, but along the way comes tons of hook and melodic vocal lines that serve as fuel for the fire. At times I can hear the Finland sound, almost as if the guitar licks found throughout are just cold enough to encourage that troop of Sentenced/Amorphis vagabonds. However the end result is enough power and prog to satisfy fans of Kamelot, Royal Hunt, and most comparable...Voice.


--EC 03.01.06
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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