Man Made Machine Undeniable EP
Release Date: June 3, 2014
[xrr rating= 8.5/10]
June 3, 2014, the long awaited release of Man Made Machine’s sophomore album, Undeniable has finally arrived. The six song EP is the follow-up to their debut album, Become. Having toured with the likes of Staind, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Fuel, Nonpoint, Adelita’s Way, Egypt Central and Tantric, Man Made Machine brought their gritty sound and quickly created a following across the country in 2011 and 2012. The fully independent release of Undeniable is sure to thrust the boys from Arizona back in the music spotlight in 2014.
I sat down and spent some time listening to the new release today. I always enjoy the “first listen” experience with new music and when I have the chance give my undivided attention and listen from start to finish, it’s even more enjoyable. This six track EP did not disappoint in anything except the fact that there wasn’t more of it.
From the opening track, Bringing Hell, Man Made Machine clearly made a statement of where Undeniable was going to take me. Shortly into the track, I found myself seeing and hearing this song being featured as an intro in the wrestling, boxing, or MMA world. This is already one of my favorite tracks on the new album.
The second track, Undeniable comes out swinging for the fences from the very start. This is a song that seems destined for radio play. Undeniable has a gritty, heavy rhythm and thundering beat that are very well suited to the vocal range of front-man Joe Cotela. From his near guttural screams of Undeniable at the beginning of the track to the catchy sing along chorus, Undeniable is sure to be a fan favorite and one of those tracks that I just can’t wait to hear live.
Track three, X-Rated, which is the first single from the EP, is already being featured on several radio stations, including 106.3 The BUZZ’s “Crank it or Yank It”, where it has received a nearly unanimous “Crank It” vote. Need I say more.
The next song, Fight for You, is one of those songs that I loved from the very first listen. It speaks volumes and has that dark, love on the rocks, “what are you gonna do about it” feel, while still maintaining an edge. Two thumbs up on this one.
Staying with the notion of good love gone bad, Death of You rolls in to pick up the pieces and throw them away for good with a don’t go away mad, I’ll just bury you in the back yard, middle finger in the air, kind of attitude.
Ups and Downs closes out the EP at track #6. Perserverance and defiance in the face of all the shit life likes to throw at us sometimes is my take from this song. Punchy and packed with energy, Ups and Downs rounds out the album and makes you want to hear more from Man Made Machine.
With the release of Undeniable, Man Made Machine have delivered a solid, 6 song EP that will serve to reconnect them with their existing fan base and surely bring in new fans to the machine.
Having had the opportunity to catch Man Made Machine live on three different occasions in three different cities (Atlanta, Augusta, and Phoenix) in the past, I am definitely primed for my next chance to see them on stage playing the new songs as well as the old and doing what they do best in the very near future.
Review by: Gary Flinn HHM/Beyond The Pit Photography
1. Bringing Hell
4. Fight For You
5. Death of You
6. Ups and Downs
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