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Review: Object – ‘Mechanisms Of Faith’
As sounds, styles and fashions change there will always be that percentage that stick firmly to the belief that the old ways are best. Unfortunately though it is rare in the case of bands that those trying to be “Old School” sound anything other than outdated and old hat to most ears. But every now and then there comes a band that gets the formula just right.
Object is one such band. Their blend of old school beats, melodies and even vocals recalls genre favourites such as Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly. But it is deeper than merely a stylistic similarity. Andreas Malik has the same penchant for complex and engaging songwriting as his influences. Songs like ‘Mescaline Crisis’, ‘Blind Obedience’, ‘Soul Seeking’ and ‘Empires In Peril’ are prime examples of this and instantly sound like genre classics.
Most refreshing though is the lack of generic dance beats especially as some of the songs could quite easily be transformed into another track for the European dance floors. What you get instead is an intelligent and thoughtful experience that requires to be listened to.
The production is nice and modern with just the right amount of fuzz on the vocals and samples to give them an organic feel. However the mix does occasionally engulf the vocals to the point where they become a vague drone in the song. But as a whole the album is a fine effort and worthy of inclusion alongside the likes of Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly.