The Call of the Void

by Cracked Machine

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xataraxx I'm generally not a huge fan of purely instrumental albums. But I can't stop listening to this! Favorite track: Jormungandr.
Dave Aftandilian
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Dave Aftandilian Fantastic stoner doom/psych instrumental evocations of serpents from world folklore. In myth serpents often bring destruction, then renewal; Cracked Machine seems to focus mainly on renewal here. I get a sense of endless journeys: terrestrial, cosmic, and especially spiraling deep inward. Overall the feel is very introspective, like floating on a cloud, slowly turning your head to take in the infinite vistas that stretch out below; multihued and multitextured, constantly shifting and reforming.
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Iron_T what I love about this is that you can hear that the songs evolved in a jamming situation. Each musician is trying to lead the songs into their own personal direction. but the Cohesiveness remains and we have a band! Favorite track: Illuyanka.
Codi Morphett
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Codi Morphett A great Psychedelic / Progressive Rock / Metal album.

Can't wait to hear what this band has up their sleeve next! Favorite track: Kirimu.
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moduspwnens Some may find it repetitive, but the riffs hit the spot for me in a way that's hard to describe. I knew I'd be buying this 15 seconds in. Favorite track: Jormungandr.
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LamPe Yes, please, more, oh yeah give it to me baby! Favorite track: Illuyanka.
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The West Country, the South East corner of England famed for its history and beauty, is also renowned for producing devastating heaviness with a soupçon of versatility. Step forward Cracked Machine who, since emerging from Wiltshire in 2015, have surfed both cosmos and deserts out of the reach of radar.

Second album The Call Of The Void (PsyKa Records) follows on swiftly from last year’s debut I, Cosmonaut (PsyKa Records) and despite the short timespan between the two, it’s a more mature progression. Opener ‘Jormungandr’ sees a light sound underpinned by oscillating effects, with growling riffs riding the back of a robust, metronomic beat and Bill Denton’s guitarwork switching from those riffs to a throaty, post-Rock style lead. There’s an element of Desert kings Yawning Man about the chiming chords and middling trot, but with an added emotional depth and sense of might from the growing rhythms: the ponderous tones of the ensuing ‘Illuyanka’ speak of a loneliness around the warmth of a campfire, a feeling of nostalgia whipped up by spring-like airs as both volume and emphasis swell languidly around Denton’s gorgeous solos.

The guitar doesn’t hog the limelight, however. The brooding, explosive jam ‘Kirimu’ is as much of a vehicle for Chris Sutton’s fizzing, fluid bass and Clive Noyes’ 80s synth, while Blazej Gradziel’s drums continue as the glue holding it all together. The sombre jangling of ‘Yamata No Orocchi’ again grows wonderfully into adulthood and sees those drums really come to the fore in a blend of power and subtlety, with Noyes’ distant vocal wails an intriguing accompaniment to the low, melodic riff. Gradziel remains a primary factor during the following ‘Azi Dahakar’, his deft yet heavy and easy-paced work giving a solid platform for the poignant, atmospheric keys and Denton’s emotive storytelling.

Rhythm dominates the early stages of the portentous ‘Typhon’, Noyes presenting a constant chord as a spectral underpin for Denton’s later surges of electricity: while picked chords and haunting synth lead euphoric closer ‘Vritra’ and blend to stunning effect during both periods of introspection and fulmination. It’s a rare thing for this writer to derive such enjoyment from an instrumental album because, subjectively of course, they’re often largely devoid of emotion. The Call Of The Void, while showcasing the great talent of all members, is choc-full of the stuff and also displays wonderful songcraft. This is no cracked machine: it’s working in grand harmony.

8 / 10

PAUL QUINN - Ghost Cult Mag

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released April 12, 2019

Vinyl (Black and Orange) and CDs available from
www.psyka-records.com . Worldwide shipping.

Bill Denton (guitar)
Chris Sutton (bass)
Clive Noyes (keys, vocals)
Blazej Gradziel (drums)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Beere at Mooncalf Studio, UK
Spoken word on Illuyanka read in the original Hittite by Frances Martin (Sister of Iris).

Cover art by www.blazingraphics.uk

Released by PsyKA Records
Catalog No. PSYKA-011

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Cracked Machine England, UK

Known for their commanding and mesmerising live shows, since their formation the band has shared stages with the likes of The Spacelords, Deaf Radio and Qujaku. With the band’s debut album, I, Cosmonaut, still ringing in the ears of those in the know following its release last May on PsyKa Records, follow up album The Call of the Void digs its musical heels in even deeper. ... more

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