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Machines Are Us [Import]

Icon of CoilAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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In 1997 Andy LaPlegua established the project, Icon Of Coil, which was primarily a concept built around a logo, graphic design and music. Soon after the inception, the music soon turned out to be the most important part of the concept and LaPlegua invited Sebastian Komor, who he had worked with before on the project Sector 9, (now called Moonitor) in 1996, to work with him on the project as a ... Read more in Amazon's Icon of Coil Store

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  • Audio CD (November 24, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B0001DD95O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

1. Comment V.2.0
2. Remove/Replace
3. Consumer
4. Shelter
5. Mono: Overload?
6. Existence in Progress
7. Faith: Not Important
8. Transfer: Complete
9. Dead Enough for Life
10. Wiretrip
11. Android
12. Sleep: Less
13. Pursuit
14. Release the Frequency/Afterwords

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dancefloor Hits Abound But Little New Ground April 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
IOC has always bneen adept at churning out formulaic, hammering dance anthems. However the lyrics have always been, well, pretty lame and the music usually linear and predictable. Needless to say, fans have been looking for some development... well keep looking. Don't get me wrong these are good songs and certain to be favorites in the DJ booth. The issue is the lack of originality with a couple of exceptions.
As always Icon tries to pummel the listener into a fine paste with crushing beats. They also craft some razor sharp hooks that will stick in your head. The first exception to the originality issue is "Shelter", filled with infectious melodies, a killer beat and some unexpectedly decent lyrics. Actually this song isn't new ground in the scene, but at least it sounds a whole lot like a Covenant song - and that's not a bad thing. "Existence in Progress" is the next in line of the IOC anthem collection so get those boots pumping. "Faith: Not Important" is clearly an effort by Andrew to carve out new territory and you have to applaud the effort. However you can just see that he isn't good at writing songs outside of his box as this falls flat. Where groups like VNV, Covenant and APB can slow down, turn down the machines and give you some of their best, IOC just can't achieve that yet. Still I like the try.
"Transfer: Complete" jumps right back into the formula and it works as well as it always does - no better & no worse. Uh oh, "Dead Enough for Life"... pretty dumb title, could it be? Yes, it is - another IOC floor slammer with slick Teutonic synths, beats turned up to 11 and super dumbo lyrics. "Android" feels like an FLA song from 10 years ago (think 'Tactical Neural Implant').
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's grown on me... December 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I initially didn't care much for this album because of the dumb lyrics, but subsequent listens have turned me on to the catchy rhythms and old-school industrial beats of this disc.

Like their previous two releases, Icon of Coil's latest effort is bogged down by a most bizarre problem: what seems to be incomprehension of basic English grammar. It was an issue on their other albums as well, but it's more prevalent than ever on "Machines Are Us."

I'm not trying to be a Grammar Commando here, but it is rather difficult to sing along to lyrics that are uninspired in the first place, let alone horribly worded. Some of the lines on this album are so garbled that it looks as though the songs were written in German and then run through an internet translator before they were sung. It's not even incorrect grammar, it's just WRONG grammar - things that a native English speaker would never say. Here's a sampling from three different tracks:

"Many things has changed"

"I've seen this clouds"

"You would never died"

... I could keep going but I won't.

Lyrics have never been IOC's strong point - even when they try to make sense, they end up being formulaic at best.

That aside, this it actually not a bad album musically. As other reviewers here have mentioned, it does little to break new ground or advance them as a band. There is virtually no growth between their first album and their third one. And although you will know what to expect when you pick this album up, IOC pales in comparison to the growth over the years by staples of the genre such as VNV Nation, Covenant, Assemblage 23, and Apoptygma Berzerk.

Still, "Machines Are Us" delivers catchy tunes and is worth a purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite IoC album September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't really sure if I wanted to get the new Icon of Coil cd for some time. I wasn't impressed with "Soul is in the Software" (my introduction to IoC) but I loved "Serenity is the Devil". Eventually over time I decided that I wanted "Machines Are Us". I finally got around to buying "Machines Are Us" (after I couldn't find the new Imperative Reaction cd). I think I rushed to judgement when I first listened to "Machines Are Us" and then wrote a review of the cd for Amazon. I have been listening to "Machines Are Us" non-stop for the past week. One of the standout tracks on this album is track #4 "Shelter". The song may not be a complete departure for IoC but the song is addictively fun to listen to. It is just as catchy as anything by Apop and VNV Nation. I also enjoyed "Existence in Progress" and "Dead Enough For Life". IoC may not be VNV Nation or Apoptygma Berzerk, my two favorite futurepop bands, but they sure as heck has a ear for good dance beats and "Machines Are Us" is a superb example of their ear for melodies and aggressive yet danceable beats. The more I listened to "Machines Are Us", the more I grew to love the album. I think it has even outdid "Serenity is the Devil". One of the best tracks on the cd is "Shelter". I just love the lyrics to this song, especially this line "I can't find shelter in this world, I'm searching for an other world, where I'll feel safe". That really spoke to me. Then there is "Dead Enough For Life". I just love how big and epic the beats are to this song. It completely envelopes the listener and put him or her into a trance like it does with me. I wish a lot of artists nowadays wrote lyrics that were as intelligent as IoC's music is. IoC's strength really lies in the lyrics which almost borders on existentialism if you think about it. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like an aggressive VNV Nation.
I started listening to Combichrist a few years ago but didn't pay attention to Andy Laplegua's other works until recently. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Medicine Man
3.0 out of 5 stars One great song anyways.
The song "Shelter" is awesome!!! Make that way, way, way, way awesome! Other than that...this is pretty much just another run of the mill futurepop/synthpop/industrial dance CD... Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by CRAZOTOLOGY
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Actually there is a great deal of sonic variety (Consumer cf. Faith Not Important, Android cf. Sleepless) and the lyrics are outstanding if one thinks about them. Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by The Blue Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Give them slack
Yes, the lyrics may be cheesy at times but I think the beats make up for it all. Give them some slack. I personally think what they have is great, but could be improved. Read more
Published on February 19, 2006 by Alison G
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice lyrics
I'm sorry but the lyrics are so horrible that they alone warrant a two star rating. But even worse is the horrendously boring, mundane, cookie cutter music and vocals. Read more
Published on January 26, 2006 by Analog
5.0 out of 5 stars Icon of Coil gains a new fan
The first song I ever heard from Icon of Coil was a very screechy remix of Consumer, I really didn't like that much. Read more
Published on October 11, 2005 by Electro-Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a guilty pleasure... or something
This is an entertaining album. First off the beats and melody are very nice, and this is really the strong point of the album. Read more
Published on December 25, 2004 by Beau
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Work but nothing new
A really good CD, IOC's best. Consumer is my favorite track here, Android is good too. In fact, there really isn't any filler here. Each track is very listenable. Read more
Published on November 23, 2004 by Paul Kendall
4.0 out of 5 stars IoC's best work
This was actually the first Icon CD I bought, and I really liked it, so I got Serenity is the Devil and The Soul is in the Software. Read more
Published on November 21, 2004 by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I started with Icon of Coil since their first release "Serenity is the Devil" (which is very good I might add). Read more
Published on November 5, 2004 by Jason Mcgovern
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