Ape Machine - Mangled by the Machine (2013)
Ape Machine have got a lot of praise for blending stoner rock, classic sounding rock and blues with catchy grooves. Their new album Mangled by the Machine doesn't fail to live up that expectation! The first song, Gun you down, sets a perfect vibe, and lets you know what you can expect from this band. Blistering guitar riffs and solo, complex rhythms and grooves, and energetic vocals seem to be the order of the day. The next few songs continue this epic sound, with the guitar almost the prominent feature. the guitar riffs and melodies stay strong, with songs such as Angry man almost sounding like one huge, epic solo. After listening to 4 or 5 songs, i can already imagine listening to these songs being performed live. Great dynamics, grooves, and most importantly; great playing from all members of the band! This album almost reminds me of Led Zeppelin, in the sense that every member has their own spotlight and time in each song. loose but tight is an appropriate phrase for Mangled by the Machine. Ruling with intent has a beefy sounding blues feel. slow, soulful, and some organ work for good measure. this one is a personal favourite for me. The production and sound is top notch. beefy, full, thick and generally kick ass! Overall, this is a great album, and it's good to see new bands with new things to bring to the table. If i have any bad things to say, I would like to hear one or two slower songs, maybe even an acoustic. If you're looking for a new sludge blues, energetic, stoner, classic sounding band, you've come to the right place. These guys are only going to get bigger and better, so check 'em out while they are still a small cult band!
Keep and eye out on Ripple Music's Bandcamp page and their website for more up coming great releases and limited vinyl.
For Fans Of; Graveyard, All Them Witches, Cactus, Naam, Dust Storm Warning