SAVIOUR MACHINE

Gothic Metal / Non-Metal • United States
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WARNING: DO NOT ADD "Legend III.II" on their discography. It's an illegal bootleg released by Massacre Records. More details at Saviour Machine's official website: http://www.saviourmachine.com/

SAVIOUR MACHINE was founded in California in the summer of 1989 around the nucleus of brothers Eric Clayton (vocals, lyrics) and Jeff Clayton (guitars). Supplemented by Dean Forsyth (bass) and Samuel West (drums), the Claytons recorded a few demos in the 90s, which culminated in a deal with Frontline Records and the released of their eponymous debut in 1993. The first album had strong influences from Queensrÿche and U2, and displays a highly gothic atmosphere; this combination yields an almost doomy sound, but the material is kept sophisticated with keyboards, Eric's incredibly strong baritone vocals, (similar to Peter Murphy's) and deep lyrics mainly focusing on the End Times as prophesied in the Bible.
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Massacre 2014
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Legend III.IILegend III.II
Massacre Records 2011
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Massacre Records 1996
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Massacre Records 2011
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SAVIOUR MACHINE Saviour Machine I album cover 3.32 | 6 ratings
Saviour Machine I
Gothic Metal 1993
SAVIOUR MACHINE Saviour Machine II album cover 3.37 | 6 ratings
Saviour Machine II
Non-Metal 1994
SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend, Part I album cover 4.00 | 7 ratings
Legend, Part I
Gothic Metal 1997
SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend, Part II album cover 3.79 | 6 ratings
Legend, Part II
Gothic Metal 1998
SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend, Part III:I album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Legend, Part III:I
Gothic Metal 2001

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SAVIOUR MACHINE Behold the Mask album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Behold the Mask
Gothic Metal 1999

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SAVIOUR MACHINE Live in Deutschland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Deutschland
Gothic Metal 1995
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Live in Deutschland 2002
Gothic Metal 2002

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SAVIOUR MACHINE Saviour Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Saviour Machine
Gothic Metal 1990

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Synopsis
Gothic Metal 2001
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Rarities/Revelations
Gothic Metal 2006

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Behold a Pale Horse
Gothic Metal 1998

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Live in Duetschland
Gothic Metal 1995
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Live in Deutschland 2002
Gothic Metal 2002

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SAVIOUR MACHINE Saviour Machine II

Album · 1994 · Non-Metal
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Warthur
Saviour Machine's balance of doomy riffs, gothic atmosphere, stentorian vocals and spiritual lyrics was always a difficult one to pull off, and on this second album the riffs seem to take a back seat as the music shifts in a more operatic direction to suit Eric Clayton's vocals. The end result is an album which is competent enough, but which lacks the unique alchemy which made the debut album special. Moreover, the band seem to be stuck in an atmospheric rut, with each song sounding more or less the same as any other song on the album to the point where it's sometimes difficult to remember which song you're listening to unless you've memorised the lyrics.

SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend, Part II

Album · 1998 · Gothic Metal
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1967/ 1976
I'm not a fan of Gothic Metal but "Legend part II" is a great operatic Gothic metal album with heavily read atmospheres. This is because "Legend Part II" is an orchestral album, relaxed but still very heavy. More than sung "Legend Part II" is recited and this contributes greatly to its great success. Also because it was built as a suite, with the compositions linked, it is not easy to listen to in the car while traveling or if you are ready to experience that "Legend Part II" requires.

In short, "Legend Part II" is a great album, a bit claustrophobic for me. Nevertheless, "Legend Part II" really like me.

SAVIOUR MACHINE Saviour Machine I

Album · 1993 · Gothic Metal
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Warthur
Saviour Machine's debut album is an intriguing blend of gothic rock in the tradition of Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim - most apparent in Eric Clayton's vocals, which constitute perhaps the most dead-on Andrew Eldritch impersonation I've ever heard - with gothic metal and some prog rock influences. In particular, some moments remind me a lot at points of some of the gothier moments of neo-prog, and some passages seem to prefigure the work of bands like Arena. That said, for the most part the band play in a straight-ahead Sisters of Mercy-inspired style.

Sprinkle a few classic rock moments on the top and add a healthy dose of apocalyptic Christian mysticism and you have an interesting blend to say the least. Don't be put off by the fact that Saviour Machine are a Christian band who originally put this album out on a Christian music label; the band don't indulge in the crass and alienating preaching of other Christian groups, dividing their attentions between contemplations of their faith and terrifying prophecies of the end times.

In fact, the concluding song Jesus Christ includes lyrics like "You are the reason for the wars that plague the land" and "You are the shattered dream that frightens us to burn", suggesting that the group have a far from uncritical attitude to religion, and in particular seem to question whether some of the manifestations of Christianity are a reflection of God's will or an example of precisely the sort of thing Jesus preached against. It's this thoughtful approach to their religion which makes Saviour Machine's lyrical approach so interesting - whilst I don't personally share their worldview, it is at least a stance which is rooted in questioning and contemplation rather than dogmatism and intolerance.

Between this, the startling imagery in Legion, and the band's mysterious and spooky stage presence, it's no wonder that the more socially conservative side of the Christian music scene turned against them - in fact, the album release was held up in America precisely because of this backlash. If you are in the market for a safe, wholesome Christian band who sing songs reaffirming and promoting culturally conservative values, then you're in absolutely the wrong place here - but if the idea of progressive gothic metal with theologically literate and intelligent lyrical themes floats your boat, the album's perfect for you, and if like me you don't care one way or another what the band's religious viewpoint is provided that the music is good then you're kind of in luck too, though I can't help but find the album drags a little in the middle.

SAVIOUR MACHINE Behold the Mask

EP · 1999 · Gothic Metal
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Earendil
Well, this is exactly what it sounds like- a CD in the shape of a roughly-cut mask. Since the mask isn't round, that means the album won't play in many cd players.

Quote from the CD case: "Caution! Not suitable for disc-changers and car-CD-players. Improper use is left at owner's risk."

Yes that's right.

The only way to hear this album is to play it on a regular, single slot CD player- not a computer one, a disc-changing one, or a car one. You can, however, find all of these tracks on other Saviour Machine albums that are actually circular in shape. The track list is short because the album only holds information as far as a circle can be burned on it, which is recognizable by some CD players.

Recommended for a huge Saviour Machine fan with a sense of humor.

SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend, Part I

Album · 1997 · Gothic Metal
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Earendil
A dark, dense shadow marches along without falter. It's massive wall of sound can be overwhelming at first, but to the right listener, it is beautiful.

After you "get into" this style of music, you'll discover a masterpiece here. The mood is very grave, as the lyrics deal with the book of Revelations. Taking on the Eastern imagery, there are noticeable Eastern-sounding guitars built into the wall of sound which carries the album. There is very little riffing or soloing, and the album is fairly steady-paced and uniform with Clayton's searching vocals soaring over a web of instrumentation. The album is definitely meant to be listened to as a single piece, and each track flows into the next, with some spoken interludes and transitions.

Although it can take several listens to appreciate, Legend Part I is a masterpiece which leaves the listener anxious to continue the journey with the rest of the trilogy.

Rating: 10/10

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