Machinae Supremacy (Machinae pronounced as "machine") is a band from Lule?, Sweden that combines modern heavy metal and alternative rock with chiptunes. Self-defined as "SID metal", many of their songs use a SidStation that features the SID chip of the Commodore 64. They have released a considerable number of songs for free download on their site, 32 original recordings, with approximately 100,000 downloads a month.
Deus Ex Machinae, the band's first commercial album was released in 2004 through the independent (and now defunct) MbD Records UK. The band is currently signed to Spinefarm Records, through which they released their second studio album, Redeemer in 2006. Their third album Overworld was released on February 13, 2008.
Machinae Supremacy was formed in summer 2000 by Robert Stj?rnstr?m, Kahl Hellmer and Jonas R?rling. The name of the band had existed before this, but it was only a few months later the band decided a specific style they wanted to pursue. Andreas Gerdin, a long time friend of R?rling, joined on keyboards and Tobbe joined on drums. Together they recorded their first song, Cryosleep.
Defining an original style and being fans of the Commodore 64, they settled on using the SID chip from the machine in their music, later becoming known by the term "SID metal". In their music they attempted to carry a vibe of self-confidence, enlightenment and encouragement for people to take control of their own lives.
"The Great Gianna Sisters"
Machinae Supremacy's version of the Great Gianna Sisters theme
The band saw the Internet as the best way to reach a wider audience, forgoing the traditional method of sending demos to record labels. In 2001 their official website was launched, boasting around nine freely available songs. The band used the free audio codec Ogg Vorbis, as well as MP3, to distribute them.
The band attempted to reach out to the Commodore 64 community in an attempt to gain a larger fan base. It was during this time "The Great Gianna Sisters" was released, a cover of the theme to Great Giana Sisters composed by Chris H?lsbeck. Releasing this song onto various Commodore 64 remix sites proved to be instrumental in granting the band's early success, which was later increased by the follow up, the Sidology series. Machinae Supremacy would also go on to perform their first show abroad, at a nightclub in Soho during the Back in Time Live event.
During 2001 Stj?rnstr?m and Hellmer, together with friend Tomi Tauriainen formed the short-lived punk rock side-project, FLAK. Intending to express a political side, only three songs were released; parts of which would later go onto influence Machinae Supremacy songs. From an interview with Stj?rnstr?m "FLAK is... aggression and pain! :] It's a band, but it's nothing serious, just a means of expression."
Kahl Hellmer also worked on a side project, LifeForce, during 2001. LifeForce was an electronic band composed of Kahl Hellmer, Mithra Sedaghati and Erica ?berg. Erica ?berg, the vocalist, has more recently done lyrics and vocals for the band Inja.
In 2002, Tobbe left the band and was replaced by Tomas Nils?n, who is a long time friend (and previous band mate in Garden Of Concrete) of Stj?rnstr?m's. Over the next few years, they would go onto freely release 25 songs, around two albums worth of material, before they began work on their first studio album.
Deus Ex Machinae: 2004?2005
Ghost (Beneath The Surface) excerpt
Excerpt of Machinae Supremacy "Ghost (Beneath The Surface)"
In May 2004, the band announced the release of their first commercial album Deus Ex Machinae through Music By Design Records Ltd. (MbD). The album's first print of 1000 copies sold out within a year, leading to a second print being released in 2005. Shortly after the release of reprint of Deus Ex Machinae, MbD ceased trading and the band were without a record label for the then-in-development second album. This album would not see the light of day until 2006.
The band would also contribute to other projects that year; they worked on the soundtrack for the video game Jets'n'Guns by RakeInGrass software. The Jets'n'Guns Soundtrack was released freely on December 4 2004. In that year three of their songs were included in the In the Groove series of dancing games; "Hybrid", "Bouff" and "Cryosleep".
2005 was a relatively quiet year, owing to the band's focus being directed towards finishing and finding a way to release their second album. "Ghost (Beneath The Surface)" was released, as an outtake from the album, and was very well received. They would later work with the German gaming magazine GameStar to produce and release 2 songs, "Loot Burn Rape Kill Repeat" on June 25 for a World of Warcraft special, and "Multiball" (a medley of themes from the Pinball Dreams series) on November 20 for a Battlefield 2 special.
Later that year, Hellmer moved away from Lule? and could no longer take part in the band. He was replaced by Johan Palovaara.
Early in 2006, on January 9 the band was able to release "Sidology Episode II - Trinity", finally completing their Sidology series, as well as announce a sister production company Hubnester Industries, which would handle future soundtrack and commissioned work.
2006 marked a turning point for the band, they were able to independently release their second commercial album, Redeemer on March 18 through their own merchandise web site and store using Hubnester Industries as their own record label. Then on September 27 of that year it was announced they had signed to Spinefarm Records in a 4 album record deal and would remaster and re-release Redeemer to retail on November 8.
In late 2006 the band, with Hubnester Industries, worked on the soundtrack to the now postponed PC game War Angels, developed by Moonpod, and their third studio album. On November 27, 2006, the line-up was changed, with the hope of improving the quality of live performances, with Robert Stj?rnstr?m passing his guitar duties to Andreas Gerdin and replacing the keyboard with pre-recorded samples.
In 2007, it was confirmed that the band would produce their first music video for the song "Through The Looking Glass". It was directed by Tomi Tauriainen, and shot by Torbj?rn Lindb?ck and was released after several delays later that year.
Performing at Play! A Video Game Symphony in Stockholm
It was during this year that the band were asked to perform with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra during the Play! A Video Game Symphony concert in Stockholm, part of the world-tour event featuring music from video games. They played during the song "Dancing Mad" from Final Fantasy VI. Following the success of this concert, they were asked to return to the event in Oslo, Norway with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Choir where they played, among other songs, Metallica's "One" during a Guitar Hero segment.
On October 9, shortly after the band released their first music video for the song "Through the Looking Glass", it was announced that Johan Palovaara was leaving the band, "Due to different priorities, Johan Palovaara is now leaving the band to pursue other ambitions." It was later revealed it was over the bands decision to perform at events such as Play!. Johan Hedlund was hired as the band's new bassist.
Production began on the third album, Overworld during 2007. Periodic updates on its status were released via their official forum. The first radio single from the new album, a cover of Britney Spears' "Gimme More", was premiered on the Finnish station YleX in late November.
The album was released on February 13, 2008. Later in the year after a web site redesign the Ogg Vorbis audio files were replaced with lossless FLAC files. In October the band released a cover of the title theme from the 1988 video game Bionic Commando for the game's sequel. The band are currently working on material for their fourth studio album.
In August 2009 long time drummer Tomas Nils?n departed the band due to "personal issues".
Robert "Gaz" Stj?rnstr?m vocals (2000?present), guitar (2000?2006)
Jonas "Gibli" R?rling - lead guitar (2000?present)
Andreas "Gordon" Gerdin - keyboards (2000?2006), rhythm guitar (2006?present)
Johan "Dezo" Hedlund - bass (2007?present)
Niklas Karvonen - drums (2009?present)
Kahl Hellmer - bass (2000?2005)
Johan "Poe" Palovaara - bass (2005?2007)
Tomas Nils?n - drums (2002?2009)
"Tobbe" - drums (2000?2002)
All Machinae Supremacy lyrics
- Attack Music
- Blind Dog Pride
- Deus Ex Machinae
- Fighters From Ninne
- Hubnester Inferno
- I Turn To You
- Killer Instinct
- Legion Of Stoopid
- Missing Link
- Player One
- Return To Snake Mountain
- Soundtrack To The Rebellion
- Super Steve
- Tempus Fugit
- The Wired
- Throttle And Mask
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