..is the latest release by the Industrial/Djent Metal band Mechina. It is a fucking masterpiece of modern industrial metal. As released, it also serves as a blueprint of sorts for creating massive, layered sound. SIEGE comes with three releases; [core], [instrumental], and finally, the full release.
Having not heard of the band, or any of its music before I heard SIEGE, I found the band on bandcamp, and it seems they split most of their releases in threes. A thing I find awesome. A glimpse into the sausage making process, as it were.
I can’t speak to any of the other releases as I haven’t listened to them. On SIEGE, I can say that it is an incredible listen. Starting with the [core] release– it is what it says; the core. The keel around which the rest was of the ship is built. And it is a solid foundation. Adding bells and whistles gets you the instrumental version. It is starting to look like a formidable ship. Adding vocals reveals the full beauty of what SIEGE is.
The final release is ethereal vocals sailing above a mountain of guitars and a deep, verdant valley of low end awesome. But do they sound all that different, the three versions? Indeed. Here are the three version of one of my fave tracks, “Shock Doctrine.”
The Full Monty;
See how it builds? Gaining more and more mass until it threatens to collapse under its own weight. Very heavy is what I’m saying. The vocals tame the volatility a bit, settling the album’s orbit around the Star Metal.
You can find SIEGE and all other Mechina releases at bandcamp. Put this album in your ears, and give the ole brain a back -n- forth workout. Mind the height, though, it is a long way down to that valley.