Cvlt Nation is currently streaming Machine Violence, the sophomore full-length from Arizona-based industrial metal trio REALIZE. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s release via Relapse Records.
With Machine Violence, REALIZE channels Godflesh, Nailbomb, and Meathook Seed, assembling an abrasive and hyper-aggressive take on industrial metal. Writes Cvlt Nation of the release, “An atomic clock powered by a human heart, Machine Violence fuses man and machine. Favoring computerized amps and effects processors over their usual stacks, [Kyle] Kennedy and the Matts [Matt Underwood and Matt Mutterperl] leaned into the increasingly digital world of recording, yet the songs sound raw, real, meaty. Beginning with the uneasy palpitations of synthesized drums before giving way to a dirge-like three-guitar attack, album opener ‘Alone Against Flames’ captures the anxiety of living in a civilization on the precipice, a society on an irreversible path to its own destruction…”
Stream Machine Violence, alongside an in-depth interview with Kyle Kennedy, via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
REALIZE, featuring Kyle Kennedy (Sex Prisoner), Matt Underwood (Sex Prisoner), and Matt Mutterperl (North and Languish), amalgamates crushing metal riffs with driving, yet often unorthodox industrial rhythms and dissonant noise.
The pace of Machine Violence is unrelenting throughout. REALIZE tackles stark themes such as isolation, altered reality, simulations, and anxiety, taking inspiration from science fiction writers such as Phillip K. Dick and Frederik Pohl. Redefining “heavy,” tracks such as “Disappear” and “Slag Pile” see the band unleashing menacing riffs against in-your-face, confrontational vocals, while “Alone Against Flames” and “Melted Base” thrash the listener straight away with faster tempos and a hardcore swagger.
Adhering to an old-school approach of writing and recording, REALIZE and Machine Violence reflect on the advancing convergence of organic life and machines. No amps or drums were used in the recording process; vocals, guitars, and bass all used computerized amps and effect modulations, and drums were programmed on an Alesis machine. With Machine Violence, REALIZE leaps forward and showcases industrial metal at its most ferocious and uncompromising!