"...definitely a force to be reckoned with in the prog community."
I’m always excited when an album completely surprises me, as it doesn’t happen that often anymore. I was a fan of Maschine’s debut album “Rubidium” back in 2013, and I honestly thought they had simply disbanded. Three years isn’t that long, but I hadn’t heard much in that time, either. Now, they are back with their carefully crafted and developed second album “Naturalis”. As I listened to it for the first time, I was immediately shocked at how much I loved it.
Don’t get me wrong: “Rubidium” was a great album, if a bit rough and raw around the edges. It was a bass guitar dream, as I recall, and there was this certain energy to it that instantly grabbed you. “Naturalis” is quite different, however, but in ways that I didn’t expect. I can, however, confirm that Maschine has matured and progressed from their first album to craft a sophomore effort that is head and shoulders above their debut.