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There’s a certain power in Stray Fire, the first new music from Opus Of A Machine since their 2014 debut, Simulacra. Seduction takes on a new meaning in this six-track prog offering, Opus swooping on the heartstrings with some pulsating little numbers–but there’s an edge leading to pure greatness that Opus seem reluctant to jump.
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As Opus Of A Machine open they lack a little oomph but it’s not a trend that lasts. Pushing past opener Strength In Stone and it’s consistent mellowness, Opus Of A Machine start to put the prog in progressive. Up. Out. carries a sublime little oriental lick in its opener and paves the way for the sting of some real electro-rock melodies. Vocal harmonies layer up and provide a power lacking in the album’s opener but this track really gets things going.
The innovative and captivating musicianship Opus Of A Machine demonstrate is what makes their sound great
It’s not a momentum Opus Of A Machine seem inclined to hold onto, however. Ambience in sound is all well and good but at times it’s like Opus are afraid of their own greatness–go for it boys, you sound amazing! More please! The innovative and captivating musicianship Opus Of A Machine demonstrate is what makes their sound great, and it puts them in a position where listeners will track their career with interest and anticipation, praying they’ll take that leap they so often tease at.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Up. Out., Stray Fire, Rudi’s Song (Thirst For Life)
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