Wednesday 28 February 2024

Observers - The Age Of The Machine Entities (Album Review)

Release Date: 04th March 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Age Of The Machine Entities - Tracklisting

1. Into The Eye (2:59)

2. Frank Poole's Dream (2:30)

3. Frozen Lattices of Light (3:27)

4. Strange and Beautiful (3:33)

5. Pod Bay Doors (2:01)

6. Moon Doom (3:24)

7. Metaphor II (11:38)

8. The Star Child (3:03)

9. The Narrow Way Part II (2:57)


Martin Kennedy (All India Radio) - Guitars and soundscapes

Rich Gray (Annihilator) - Bass

Chris Bohm - Drums


Joao Corceiro - solos on Moon Doom, Into The Eye, The Star Child

Joe Haley - solo on Pod Bay Doors

Jake Weber - solo on Strange and Beautiful

Ido Romano - Ney on Metaphor II

Breno Machado - solos on Frank Poole's Dream, The Narrow Way Part II


The Age Of The Machine Entities is the new album from Instrumental Doom Metallers Observers and it’s quite the technical marvel with various styles of Doom Metal the band play on the album. Creating a doomedelic canvas of different sounding sounds ranging from Prog Metal, Psych Metal, Space Metal, Ambient Metal and Melodic Metal. The album pays homage to the classic science fiction opus 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Observers can be compared to acts such as BONGRIPPER, Clouds Taste Satanic, Animal As Leaders, Russian Circles and Pink Floyd. The album is at its most creative best when weaving Ambient soundscapes with a clever use of Prog Metal, Groove Metal and even Thrash Metal whilst retaining it’s ethereal Doomed Out energy with flashes of mind-inducing Cosmic Doom that appear throughout the album.

The majority of the tracks run between three minutes to four minutes in length and still feel considerably longer which is a great aspect of Observers music. There is one epic song  Metaphor II running past near the twelve minutes mark that is also perhaps the standout track on the album. As Observers brings a wealth of first rate storytelling on the album which instantly makes you part of the action. You don’t have to be a fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey to enjoy this album but it may give you a greater understanding of what Observers are trying to fully deliver with The Age Of The Machine Entities.

Observers play a winning never-ending style of melodic Post-Rock/Post-Metal sounds which allows the band to explore a wealth of different Instrumental Doom Metal grooves with iconic soundbytes from the film appearing here and there. The record can be a technical marvel with the massive amount of tech-metal beats and classic guitar shredding that Observers dominate their music with. You can expect to hear some wicked amounts of Electronica sounds which adds a whole new creative flow to the album and provide a cautionary tale of Space Exploration like the source material it’s based upon.

Standout tracks include: Frank Poole’s Dream, Frozen Lattices Of Light, Pod Bay Doors, Moon Doom, Metaphor II and The Star Child.

Overall, Observers have delivered a highly original and unique interpretation of the classic novel and movie the record is built upon. The Age Of The Machine Entities is boosted by wonderful production values that makes this a powerfully charged and emotional experience where the Ambient Doom themes become ever more real before the album reaches it’s natural conclusion.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Good Boy PR for the promo.

The Age Of The Machine Entities will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from March 04th 2024.


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