Remember the time when bands like Seether, Papa Roach, and Staind dominated the airwaves? Those were pretty bad, weren’t they? They apparently aren’t over- for some at least.
Between the corny/ self-loathing lyrics and almost identical to the ’90s/’00s nu-metal sound, it seems like Man Made Machine released their album, Become, just a little bit too late.
Overall, this album is unoriginal and difficult to listen to, with the exception of third track “Victim,” which is a great rock song. Often, bands like the ones listed above do have the occasional good track (admit it). One notable moment in this song can be found on the chorus with an excellent vocal harmony. This track also has very simple lyrics (especially on the chorus), which show the making of a rock radio success. Aside from that, the album is a disaster.
Album opener “Liar and a Thief” sticks to the cookie-cutter mold made by Papa Roach with a song that both instrumentally and vocally sounds like something off of Getting Away With Murder. Between the stereotypical instrumental sound and the “look at how badass I think I am” lyrics that follow, this track is comedic. Most ridiculous/stereotypical line of the song: “I just wanna get next to you/ So you can shake that ass.”
Things really don’t get better. Second track “Nobody Loves Me” is probably the most difficult one to listen to, primarily because of the lyrics. Songs about emotional pain can often be the most real and incredible songs from an artist… Except when they sound like your typical “Last Resort” style song with profound lyrics such as “Nobody wants me/Nobody cares.” Even in the ’90s/’00s era, lyrics like these were consistently criticized. Five-year-olds are capable of equal lyrical brilliance.
Continuing with the downward spiral, the band has a song called “Bad M**********r” which is the actual spelling of the title on the album. Although certainly not shocking when considering the rest of the album to this point, you would think that the same song over and over again would get tiresome for them as well. Apparently, however, it doesn’t, with yet another song that assures us that they are a bunch of badasses, lest we forgot.
Sixth track “Everything You Deserve” is a very Seether/Staind-esque track with the cliché morbid vocals and dark-sounding acoustic guitar to bring the song in, and then the occasional heavy guitars and raspy vocals. Again, this album couldn’t get more repetitive.
Admit it: we all pick up the occasional Papa Roach/Seether/Staind song, and often, not because it’s a great piece of music; rather, it’s nostalgic. But nostalgia is an indicator of something from the past, meaning it is no longer accepting things into its group. In Texas, there is a place that named their dump after Fred Durst. Get it yet?
Man Made Machine’s album, Become is just one giant cliché from the past. Though the track “Victim” is good and has success potential, it doesn’t make up for 11 other tracks that are a challenge to listen to.