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Dig It! Fanzine - # 58, June, 2013 - The Machines CD

'Dig It! Fanzine' (France)

# 58, June 2013

The Machines - CD

"...The disc includes the four EP titles, two demos of 77 and a dozen more recent pieces, the totality of their recordings...punk...eyeing New York in the late seventies (see the wink at the Chelsea Hotel in 'Girl in Black')..."

"...the machine is still running!
..."
(Translation by Google)


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Gew-Gaw Webzine - May 2013 - The Machines CD Review By George Markou

'Gew-Gaw Webzine' (Greece)

May 2013

The Machines - CD

Review by George Markou

"...This debut cd (and also the first for the Angels In Exile records) incl 10 new songs...among them the very good girl in black which is dedicated to Johnny Thunders and some punk dynamites, as cyclone, weekend , parents zone, don't be fooled..."

"...In the rough track true life, Paul really spitting verses while the other three tracks are very good. Fans of pure punk sound of the 70s will be thrilled!..."


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Fame Magazine Webzine - April 15th, 2013 - The Machines CD Review By Phil Allely

'Fame Magazine Webzine'

April 15th, 2013

The Machines - CD

Review by Phil Allely

"One band that tore up the UK scene in the late 1970s was The Machines...perhaps best-known for their 'True Life' EP. It saw them rise up the Alternative music charts and even found favour with legendary DJ John Peel... "

"...The main ten tracks are a collection of new material (recorded with Barry Gardner). These are nicely paced affairs...The riffs are slick, the lyrics are clear and the overall sound is exactly what you would expect from a band that are back bigger and better than ever..."

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Phil Allely Reviews Blog - April 14th, 2013 - The Machines CD Review By Phil Allely

'Phil Allely Reviews Blog'

April 14th, 2013

The Machines - CD

Review by Phil Allely

"...Another nice touch here is the inclusion of a number of bonus tracks. These include two very rare 1977 demo tracks ('Racing and 'You Better Hear'). Plus the entire 'True Life' EP is included as well..."

"...The Machines and Angels in Exile have produced that rare breed of an album, this is one that not only showcases their rich history, but highlights their place in the Punk movement..."

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Grapevine Live - January 10th, 2013 - The Machines CD Review By Sophia Rawlinson

'Grapevine Live Webzine'

January 10th, 2013

The Machines - Album

Review by Sophia Rawlinson

"...The Machines may be a mere stones throw from London but musically this band has more in common with punk from the other side of the pond such as The Ramones, New York Dolls and The Stooges - it's fast, there's plenty of squealing guitars, throbbing drum beats and sing-along choruses..."

"...Particular highlights for this listener include 'Chain Gang' - a tale of the dangers of being a young punk alone at night, 'Girl In Black' - a nod to NYC punk and its icons; and the anthenic 'Weekend' - no explanation required on that one..."

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Festival Photo - December 01st, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Bronte Kelso-Marsh

'Festival Photo Webzine' (Sweden)

December 01st, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Bronte Kelso-Marsh

"...The album opens with Racing. This song provides an energetic sound with a strong opening. An upbeat tune, cut only with the slashing sounds of the guitar provide the grit to the song, allowing it to retain a harder, punk-edge to an otherwise upbeat tune...."

"...The persistent tracks have an upbeat tempo and a classic-punk charm that makes The Machines a great listen...."

Bronte Kelso-Marsh, Festival Photo Webzine
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Record Collector Magazine - November, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Shane Baldwin

'Record Collector Magazine'

November, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Shane Baldwin

"...This self-titled collection brings together 10 new tracks from the current line-up of the band, plus two 1977 demo recordings and the True Life EP: The Machines' entire output. The EP remains great: all clattering drums, shredding guitars and hectoring vocals reminiscent of Slaughter & The Dogs; the demos occupy the same territory as well..."

"...The band have recorded a new version of demo track Racing, which, like all the latterday cuts, are naturally more polished, but retain the stripped-back bounce and vigour of prime '77 punk..."

• •
• Excellent

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It's A **** Thing - November 05th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Mainy

'It's A**** Thing'

November 05th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Mainy

"...There's a few of them kicking about. Punk bands from the late seventies that is...However there's always those little diamonds in the rough that shine as the exception to the rule, and that's where The Machines come in..."

"...This is punk rock from when it was still taking rock and roll and giving it a bit of a boot up the arse...good honest rockin' with a snarling street level slap to it that the world needed at the time. That stuff never grows old really..."

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Rock Reviews 24/7 Webzine - Summer 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Michael Heming

'Rock Reviews 24/7 Webzine'

Summer, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Michael Heming

"...The Machines zest for making fantastic punk rock music has obviously never gone away. Weekend has a very Ramones-esque sound, the simple guitar chords that make up this record are what makes it so perfect – sometimes it helps when things aren’t so complicated...."

"...One of the highlights comes from the terrific Parents Zone. A rebel anthem in it’s own right...Parents Zone is a song for punk kids everywhere...Don’t Be Fooled ends the album on the note that “you’re a fool!” and really, if you’re a fan of ’77 punk then you would indeed be a fool to pass on The Machines....."

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Fungal Punk Webzine - Summer 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Dave (OMD)

'Fungal Punk Webzine'

Summer, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Dave (OMD)

"...'Weekend' thrives with life when delivered just like this. The guitars combine wonderfully and swirl up the sounds with drums busy and scuttling away with tidy zest..."

"...Into the best of the lot with the sub-narration cum ditty called 'Girl In Black'. A stunning moment that applies the perfect inflection to a song about a disaster we are well versed with if our punky knowledge is on the ball. The smooth flow from verse to chorus is precise and gratifying and this is just one of those great songs to play over and over and ultimately never tire of...."

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Failsafe Fanzine - Summer 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Brian O' Brian

'Failsafe Fanzine'

Summer, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Brian O' Brian

"...The music is above standard 1977 upbeat punk with clever lyrics..."

"...The packaging and liner notes are luscious. Steve clearly believes in quality and this record reflects that..."

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Studs and Punks Webzine - July 30th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Moo

'Studs and Punks Webzine'

July 30th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Moo

"...The album is beautifully laid out with a full colour booklet telling the history of the band and providing full lyrics to the album..."

"...Cyclone follows and does indeed whip up a storm. Simple lyrics and backing music but effective with what the band wanted to achieve. Great drum and bass work on this track to drive it while the guitars scream at you..."

"...True Life is raw sounding punk. Although sounding a little rushed its good and so good to hear a song that acts like a time machine. Sex Pistols without the production and stardom..."

"...Everythings Technical is next and starts with a great riff. Vocals are very present and in your face grabbing full attention. Production reminds me of Danzig era Misfits with a beautiful lack of quality that shows what the band and their personality are all about..."

"...The Machines still remain current and enjoyable to listen to..."

3/5

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Loud-Stuff Webzine - July 04th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Dave Nicholls

'Loud-Stuff Webzine'

July 04th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Dave Nicholls

"...Raucous guitars, urgent vocals and pounding drums all ooze out of the speakers, forming a sound which gets you moving, nodding your head and joining in with what the band are doing..."

"...What’s most striking about the band is how their sound is urgent and upbeat, yet not over done on distortion or aggression, meaning you can simply crank this on and enjoy it rather than feeling forced into doing anything about it..."

"...Personally, I think this album is a fantastic demonstration of exactly where music has come from, how the genre has developed, and why the time is right for a return of the punk movement. Give The Machines half a chance and I imagine they’ll be leading the charge, as what you’ve got here is solid punk rock designed for one hell of a party..."

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Level 4 Magazine - #12, June - August 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Dave Collins

'Level 4 Magazine'

# 12, June - August, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Dave Collins

"...The Machines return with a mighty new album The Machines. Fizzing with the slab handed riffing of Don't Be Fooled, the grit and grind of Pirate Times and the Sid 'n' Nancy references on Girl in Black..."

"...The bonus clincher is the CD includes the complete set of The Machines seventies output including two rare demos from '77..."

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Fear And Loathing Fanzine - Volume 68, June 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Andy P

'Fear And Loathing Fanzine'

Volume 68, June 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Andy P

"...They play punk with a rock 'n' roll swagger, recalling vintage CBGBs just as much as The Roxy, while songs like the excellent 'Sue This Song' and 'Weekend' are on a par with the likes of the Carpettes or The Users..."

"...A good selection of both old and recent material, and there's more than a few gems to be found on here..."

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The Big Takeover Magazine - #70, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Chuck Foster

'The Big Takeover' (USA)

# 70, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Chuck Foster

"...I first heard The Machines on an old Killed By Death comp. and was immediately taken by their tough, gritty, stripped-down street sound..."

"...The remaining 10 tracks...being well-produced Johnny Thunders / Ramones-influenced UK punk rock..."

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Veglam Webzine - April 26th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Laurent

'Veglam Webzine'

April 26th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Laurent

"...There was a time when Punk also meant Rock'n'Roll and The Machines know this very well, sometimes reminding me of The Professionals and The Heartbreakers on their most recent songs. The old songs sound more raw and angry but can still make you (Pogo) dance!..."

Laurent, Veglam Webzine
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Vive Le Rock Magazine - Spring, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Hugh Gulland

'Vive Le Rock'

#6, Spring, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Hugh Gulland

"...Front Machine Nick Paul plays a mean, low slung Gibson, and cuts such as 'Cyclone' and 'Girl in Black' reveal a definite empathy with New York City's originals, such as The Dictators or The Heartbreakers..."

7/10

Hugh Gulland, Vive Le Rock Magazine
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Maximum Rock 'n' Roll Magazine - March, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Ray Lujan

'Maximum Rock 'n' Roll' (USA)

#346, March, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Ray Lujan

"...Sound wise it's a mix of Vibrators, New York Dolls and ealry SLF. Raw production and delivery. A good release..."

The Machines CD also features in Ray's 'Top 10' at the beginning of the magazine.

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Punk Rocker Webzine - March, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Peter Don't Care 'Punk Rocker' Webzine

March, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Peter Don't Care
"...They definitely have enough energy and drive to draw in even the most die hard punk devotee on this 16 tracker which handily collates all the bands recorded product to date on one CD..."

"...(Nick Paul) certainly owns an affable friendly vocal which will draw you in once those addictive tunes start kicking in your subconscious. And he certainly ain't no slouch on the guitar..."


(Worth A Listen!)

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Sonic Shocks - February, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Cristina Massei

'Sonic Shocks'

February, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Cristina Massei

"...There are newer tunes like the awesome ‘Weekend’ – blues suede shoes required – and ‘Girl in Black’, a brilliant tribute to Johnny Thunder..."

"...The EP songs have a rawer edge compared to more recent recordings, but the whole CD is a mood booster, an explosion of high energy punk rock the way it should be done..."


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Ox Fanzine - February / March, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Achim Lüken

'Ox Fanzine' (Germany)

#100, February/March, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Achim Lüken

"...This is mainly classic punk in the mid-tempo range..." (German Translation by Google)

(5)

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Uber Rock Webzine - February, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Dom Daley 'Uber Rock' Webzine

February, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Dom Daley
"...Amongst the sixteen there are some decent offerings such as the Johnny Thunders dedicated offering 'Girl in Black' and 'Perfect Black'. I like where they're coming from and the straight forward style..."

"...The tracks off 'True Life' deserve to be heard and have a genuine zip and energy in them: 'True Life' is the sound of a band with a mission and living the dream, sounding not a million miles away from SLF when they were good..."


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3rd Generation Nation - January 16th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Ralf Real Shock

'3rd Generation Nation Fanzine' (Germany)

January 16th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Ralf Real Shock

"...'Weekend', 'Girl In Black' and 'Chain Gang' stand out well here..."

"...And do not forget the 16-page color booklet with band history, concert posters, and most importantly, all the texts are printed..."
(German Translation by Google)

(* * * * +)

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Retro Man Blog - January 8th, 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Steve Worral

'Retro Man Blog'

January 8th, 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Steve Worral

"...It's a great album of uptempo, catchy Punk Rock 'n' Roll, no frills but lots of thrills with a sound that resembles Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers New Yorks Punk meeting The Clash's first album head on. The new recordings, such as the brilliant "Cyclone" and "Girl In Black", stack up well against the remarkably fresh sounding tracks of 1977 and '78..."

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Punk Globe Magazine - January 2012 - The Machines CD Review By Lisa Booth

'Punk Globe Magazine'

January 2012

The Machines - Album

Review by Lisa Booth

 

"...They're a great punk rock band who I had heard of. I must say the CD was pretty damn good. I was decorating and jammed out their CD which kept me motivated! There is some good punk rock sound there, with a New York sound wave... A hint of The New York Dolls rings to mind."

" I found it easy to catch the words and hum and sing along to, I really enjoyed it! I totally recommend this CD. If your into some punk and wanna hear some new sounds, it is true and as real as it can get. Totally motivational!..."

Lisa Booth, Punk Globe Magazine

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