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This review is for the deluxe edition. The bonus track Baptized in Fire is a pretty solid rocker. Worth having for serious 10 Years fans. Ok, keeping it brief and to the point. 10 Years Minus the Machine is a strong production from the band. It boasts a heavier razor sharp distortion on the harder tracks and there are quite a few. Definitely reminiscent of their earlier work- Also reminded me in some spots of Tool's best work but definitely 10 Years signature sound. Vocal work from Mr. Hasek is excellent... and 10 Years are showing some real technical maturity. This is a real return to form from after the (in my opinion) disappointing Feeding the Wolves.
Standout tracks are Minus the Machine, Battle Lust, Backlash, Dancing with the dead, Soma, Tightrope, And All the Other Colors (these tracks are some of 10 Years best work to date). Writing on the Walls is a unique and addictive almost ballad. The other tracks (Knives, Sleeper) are unique, and solid rockers. 10 Years, without the backing of a major label (hence the title), and fending for themselves have delivered an excellent record. Well done 10 Years.
P.S. There is a lot to take in here, so it may require a couple of listens to fully appreciate this offering. Thanks for reading.
Minus The Machine 5/5
Easily one of my favourite of the songs, Jesse's voice is raw and powerful. The instrumental side of the song is strong, fast and well done.
Battle Lust 3/5
Not there best but still not bad, I dont know it has the feeling of their older stuff, but not in a good way. It does fit with the rest of the album however.
Forever Fields 5/5
Amazing piano entry, then straight into Jesse's voice that takes on a haunting feel that is just perfect, the song picks up becoming a "not quite a ballad".
DAMN amazing song it should have been the title song to the album, one of thier faster songs that they have ever put out, but it has a flaw that is, its ALMOST to fast. The lyrics could be overlooked quickly becausae of the actual instrmental blast.
Wriring On The Walls 4.5/5
Another good song, the slowest of the sons as I recall, I believe that it only picks up until later in the song and even then its still slow.
Dancing With The Dead 5/5
The best hands down, I think of Wonderland with this song, it has a I cant say rap, but it has fast verses meets slower rock sounds. Hmm hard to say with this one.
The middle of the album feel has this one by the balls. It doesnt stand out and has way to much effect thrown in. Its muddy until the chorus sets in.Read more ›
Some of my favorite tracks are Forever Fields (its a really haunting/wonderful song), Minus the Machine (probably should have been their single, not backlash), Battle Lust (really great song, my only complaint is that it is too short), ...And All the Other Colors (a great finish to the album and a really Awesome song) and Writing on the Walls (another amazing song with a lot of emotion.) I like all of the songs Backlash is good but not as good as some of the other songs on this album. There is not one song on here that I don't like or skip.
If you are a fan of 10 Years DEFINITELY check Minus the Machine!! It's closer to KATHY and A.E. but different, fresh and raw at the smae time. Really great album! 5/5 Stars!
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Listened to the album for over 6 months now, I don't think you can't rate higher than wonderful or perfect. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Legend M0de
It's really nice to hear something from a group that is not being controlled by the strings of the big labels. Nice job and I already had the CD. Bought this for the bonus tracks.Published 9 months ago by Jerborn
Beginning to end a very solid disc and one I can listen too at any time.Published 14 months ago by A. Hill
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