Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings
TrilobiteAug 9, 2004TDEP on a leash. I really wanted to rate this album an 8.5; the rating system, however, just like the album didn't give me much option TDEP on a leash. I really wanted to rate this album an 8.5; the rating system, however, just like the album didn't give me much option to really justify a 9.0 score. This is not a bad album, not by a long shot. It will probably also be somewhere in my top albums of the year. It is a refreshing, cacaphonic burst of sonic madness. A fullblown assault on the very core, the essence if you will, of most living beings, and it will severely shock most people upon first listening. It is a good solid album from TDEP, which, in all honesty, can't be compared with any band, except to its catalog. These guys have an instantly identifiable sound and style, are inspire people, and their impact has yet to be seen and appreciated. Here is where the criticism begins: compared with their previous outings and the leaps they made while making those albums (well, one album and a few EPs), MM does dissapoint. It is simply not TDEP at their best, period. Sure the album sounds good, but it?s absolutely a step backwards and that for a band whose blinders were always set on forward. I will not waste my time with explaining or plugging the back catalog, but their first full-length Calculating Infinity (1999) is just incredible (though sometimes I don?t ?feel? the vocals) and you can hear copycats ?inspired? by CC a mile away, and on The Mike Patton EP (irony is not a dead scene) they redefined themselves and pushed themselves to the next level. On MM the songs are more structured (not a bad thing necessarily) and Greg (the 'new' singer) prefers a singing style leaning towards hardcore, more in the style of Calulating Infinity. The end result, however, just doesn?t sound like the next level. The structuring of the songs (easier identifiable as a song) makes them sound as if they had barriers, hindered in some way. This combined with the hardcore-leaning vocals result in listening to a sort of castrated Calculating infinity; not because of the apparent less brutal sound, but because the band as whole leans towards that kind of sound, whereas with the IINADS EP the reinvented themselves. They still have the killer tunes (e.g., Panasonic Youth), but the overall impact is somehow not the same. One used to listen for hours to the albums trying to hear hidden sounds, overlapping riffs, and trying to find a structure, now it is practically on a plate. The Mike Patton EP (Irony is not a dead scene) was supposed to be bridge to MM, but in the end MM sounds more like a bridge album. Whereas TDEP normally sounds without boundaries, MM just sounds more confined, TDEP on a leash. But TDEP is still a thouroughbred. If you like TDEP, try this and don?t waste your time with anything else: Mastodon, Cephalic Carnage, Nasum, Mike Patton?s back catalog, Tzadik records, The Boredoms, The Ruins, Melt Banana, even try John Zorn, Zappa, Avant-garde, Acid Jazz. … Full Review »
Jul 15, 2013I was hesitant, at the time, to give Miss Machine the credit I knew it deserved. Between Calculating Infinity and the supremely satisfyingI was hesitant, at the time, to give Miss Machine the credit I knew it deserved. Between Calculating Infinity and the supremely satisfying Irony Is A Dead Scene EP and the magic Mike Patton brought to the fold, the new direction and stripped down nature of Miss Machine felt like a slap in the face. Over time and a series of albums that push the envelope further from where they began, however, I'm more comfortable with the idea that this record deserves to be heard. Even when compared to some of their more recent efforts, it truly does shine, especially along its superior first half. Tracks like "Panasonic Youth", "Sunshine the Werewolf" and its powerful industrial climax, and the twisted electric vibes of "Phone Home" help sell the new DEP with aplomb. I still miss the original machine, but Miss Machine at least is a competent move in another direction, with some truly fantastic moments within.… Full Review »
davegSep 3, 2006Different but fun.