• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Hailing from Sweden, Machinae Supremacy is definitely a far cry from your average symphonic metal band. The group, which has been recording and touring for years now, combines symphonic riffs and sounds with sound elements that sound like they were pulled right from an 8-bit Nintendo game. There have been plenty of takes on bands doing hard rock and metal covers of old video game music, but these guys have taken the best of both worlds, putting a unique spin on it all.




Into the Night World is the latest album from these Swedish “video game metal” symphonic rockers. As a fan of both melodic heavy metal and old school video game music, this was one of those “out of the ordinary” releases that I simply had to check out. While the band has recorded a number of albums in the past, this was my first time hearing about the band, and listening to them.




The quintet, comprised of vocalist Robert Stjannstrom, guitarists Jonas Rorling and Tomi Luoma, bassest Andreas Gerdin, and drummer Niklas Karvonen, are definitely talented musicians that deserve more recognition on a worldwide scale. At times the more 8-bit oriented sounds are a bit overshadowed by the symphonic, hard and heavy riffs, but it did not prevent me from enjoying this release overall. There is a nice mixture of sounds here, from the harder and heavier stuff, to more melodic and symphonic tracks.

This is a band to keep your eye on, whether you are a gamer or a headbanger. And while I would like to hear more of the 8-bit style sounds on their next release, overall this package satisfies. This release from Machinae Supremacy definitely gets a recommendation.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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