Sunday, January 19, 2014
LoveMachine - Свет Звезды (2010)
Although Свет Звезды covers no new ground, the basic idea is one every metalhead should be able to stand behind: catchy, well-written songs that are easy to identify with after only one listen. Indeed, a blend of traditional heavy metal and hard rock makes for a product that's accessible and, at times, even tasteful--the guitar solos are among the best of the last ten years. Solos only shred where necessary--often as a lead-in to a rich, creamy, memorable section--and the restraint is quite admirable. Craziness isn't one of this EP's traits; it gets straight to the point, without being over the top.
Depending on the listener, the music will either make an instant impression or take a few spins before it clicks. The first two tracks don't differ from each other in style, and their energy levels are far above that of the last piece, a largely acoustic ballad that still manages to hold its own. In all honesty, variety isn't one of the EPs strong points, but with a listing of only three tracks (and an instrumental version of the ballad) that should be the last thing on one's mind. Really, for a neophyte band with only two releases--a new EP dropped last year--LoveMachine does everything right and with adeptness.