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Suicide Machines
Self-Titled

by Samuel Barker
January 18, 2000


File Under: Pop Punk/Ska
rating: B-
tracks

1. Sometimes I Don't Mind

2. Permanent Holiday

3. The Fade Away 

4. Too Many Words

5. No Sale

6. Green

7. Extraordinary

8. I Hate Everthing  

9. All Out

10. Perfect Day 

11. Sincerety

12. Reasons

13. GoodBye For Now

14. I Never Promise You A Rose Garden

related links
  • Suicide Machines
  • Suicide Machines Indie Page
  • After receiving new Suicide Machines album, i decided a review would be a proper next step. The new album is something I could never have expected. It's a well produced, well played album, however, it's nothing like any of the prior releases. More rock oriented, and they utilize more instruments and styles. There are touches of the Cure, and Weezer on this album. It's definitely a step away from the previous sounds. Of course this band does constantly change. From The Essential Kevorkian Cassette to this album, the band has changed it's style. However, for the first time, the ska element is almost nonexistent.

    The first song "Sometimes I Don't Mind" has a poppy almost cure-ish feel to it. It's a solid song, but lacks a certain punch. It is the first radio releases on the album, but I think "Permanent Holiday" would have been a better choice. "Permanent Holiday" is a strong, weezer-ish number, that has a very friendly sound, and is rather upbeat. "Reasons" touches on the old hardcore style from Battle Hymns. "No Sale" is another poppy upbeat song that follows suit with the rest of the album.

    The highlights of the album to me are "Permanent Holiday", "I Hate Everything"(a great parody of the new style downer rap-rock), and "Goodbye For Now". These songs all add a great deal of flavor to the album, and are songs you'll have a difficult time getting out of your head. The Lynn Anderson cover, "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" is also featured on this album. For those of you who heard it on the SLC Punk! Soundtrack, you've heard the basis of the band's current transformation.

    This album's main flaw is a lack of the signature clever bass lines. It's mostly straight root notes, instead of the signature walking bass lines we have come to expect from Royce. I feel this album is very solid, but will test the loyalty of the fans due to the drastic change. My initial impression was that after nearly 7 years of playing punk/ska, they needed a change of pace. And after speaking to Ryan V. I learned that to be the case. I recommend that you listen to this album a few time and give it a chance. It'll be worth it in the end.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.


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