Saturday, 10 October 2009

PROPHECY Pt. 1

Band: B-MACHINA
Title: Prophecy Pt. 1
Format: 3" white CDr in colour 3-fold inlay released in 2008 on Smell The Stench (Australia), no catalogue reference. This 1 track release comes housed in a small plastic wallet, and also contains 2 B-Machina stickers, a B-Machina business card style magnet, and a STS label promo.
Edition: Hand-numbered in a release of only 24 copies

Track Listing:

01. Prophecy (Part 1) 19.36

"My life is almost over, my world and all that I hoped for gone..."

Thus begins 'Prophecy Pt. 1' from B-Machina, and as we know from the new era of the band all bone-sounds are made by Alex and Max, and in this instance released by the inestimable Leigh Stench from the Australian Smell The Stench label.

And yes, you would be correct in surmising that there is indeed a "Prophecy Pt. 2", and Nazgul will get around to adding this item to the HonourAndDarkness pages in due course.

A nicely packaged release this, replete with a nice magnetic card and some cool band stickers, and Nazgul is always a sucker for a limited edition 3" CDr (his is #19 of the 24). The cover is rather effective too, with its eye offering a piercing gaze in a background of bombers released their payload: Bone-War is upon us once again!

However, whatever your past preconceptions of B-Machina/Bonemachine be prepared to put them to one side for this release as the single track 'Prophecy Pt. 1' (in rough-mix) is very different to the preceding material of the band and really puts in context the added value that Max has brought to the project. It's a glorious mixture of flamenco/Spanish style guitar - which creates a truly poignant atmosphere, both sombre and moody - together with some light industrial touches and a few well sprinkled samples (which Nazgul presumes are from films). The overall effect is a captivating song, which belies its nigh-on 20 minute duration and flashes past as you sit and listen to it.

It's one of the best single B-Machina tracks that Nazgul heard in 2008, and whilst proving almost impossible to do justice to in mere narrative form (how do Alex and Max compose this stuff?!) it is genuinely a superb piece of evocative music that you could play in front of your more conservative friends who don't know Hugin's work (assuming you have such things, what a heresy) and have them enjoy it at first listen!

Of course, you have the problem of actually finding a copy first, and I rather suspect that the initial short pressing is now long sold out. Another reason, should one have been needed, to seek out the compilation "Rotation Zwei" release on the Russian Valgriind label before that disappears too, as many recent but hard-to-find B-Machina tracks are assembled on that release.

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