“Rock N’ Roll Treatment” by Bad Machinery is by far the most true hard rock album I have heard in a long time. This Swedish rock band, started out 2 years ago and consists of brothers Macke (vocals, guitar) and Nicke (bass guitar), as well as Frasse (guitar) and Jeppe (drums). Hard-driving, kick-ass 80s styled hard rock is the order of the day with Bad Machinery.
Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s with classic rock and all of the awesome bands that I can remember, there is nothing that can surpass the music of those eras when it comes to authentic rock. Bad Machinery’s music is a combination of rock’s past eras combined with a slight punkish flavor and meaningful lyrics that hit home in different ways for different people.
Combining sledgehammer riffs that could help bring drywall crashing down with plenty of biting guitar solos, the group have created an experience that never lets the listener get bored.
The first thing I noticed, which pleased me in no small way, is how you get an earful of every instrument. No one is stepping on anyone’s toes or invading anyone else’s space. The next thing I noticed was how tight and huge the sound was, courtesy of the fine production. With an arsenal of twin guitars, juggernaut tracks like “Make It Hot”, “Overreact” and “Made Machine” sound exponentially bigger.
It doesn’t hurt that the songs are incredibly catchy, snagging you with its harmonic hooks and anthemic choruses, to the point that you don’t even want to escape. And when the albums catchiest song, “Set Me Free” kick in, you know that Bad Machinery are taking no prisoners.
This band has come a long way in just 2 years. Their writing is really good with a bunch of catchy hooks in the songs and the sound overall is great. The vocals are hard edged and punk tinged at times, but there are no screamos to ruin it – just good straightforward driving hard rock. I may be a little biased about this band, but honestly, the music speaks for itself on “Rock N’ Roll Treatment”. They’re harder, tougher, dirtier than many of their contemporaries, without sounding corporate or pretentious.
Bad Machinery is one of those bands with the ability to grab all of your senses and make you feel what rock used to sound like before all the gimmickry set in. This band is anything but ordinary, as they take rock to the better level. Likewise there is nothing that can be called filler on this album. The more you listen, the more you will find the songs you like best, and the more you will be singing the lyrics in your head.
Who said music good music had to be complicated? Entertaining and engaging these tracks have straightforward and conventional rock song structures, as Bad Machinery put the emphasis on energetic and intense performances rather than complex and confusing arrangements. This is a must have album for anyone who claims to love authentic, good old Rock n’ Roll!