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A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:07:26 am »
I believe the old thread has overstayed it's welcome, and seeing as the album is released, we need to get on to actually discussing the new songs in detail.

Favourite songs? Reviews? Song interpretations? Lyrics? Put them here. :)

EDIT: for your viewing pleasure, here are the lyrics to the entire album!

http://machinaesupremacy.com/music/albums/a-view-from-the-end-of-the-world/lyrics/
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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 12:14:42 am »
Good idea :)

I would like to say that this album is the best album they´ve done by far! Seems like they are prouder and don´t hide the synths as much as in overworld.

Murder is fantastic, its bouncy, happy, and the chorus is catchy beyond infinity.
Universe is epic, beautiful, and I can´t believe that spinefarm wouldn´t want this on the album.
Persona is also amazing , I love that the girl gets to sing with rob abit in this aswell
Remnant, oh my god what an epic song, a perfect ending to an almost perfect album!

The only song I don´t like very much is Camper, it does however remind me of FLAK and Garden of concrete, and that is pretty cool :) However I do feel like this song could have been left out.
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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010, 12:27:23 am »
Just after a brief hearing my favs so far are Rocket Dragon, Cybergenesis, Action Girl and Indiscriminate Murder. Of which the latter stands out the most. Maybe because it's so jumpy and different?

Oh, and Remnant, because it's so epic. And Nova Prospekt, because it's Nova Prospekt.
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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 12:54:54 am »
To get the discussion started, I'm gonna put a few song interpretations here. Bear in mind that we don't all have the lyrics booklets (and that includes me).


A View From The End Of The World:
I can't work this one out until I get the lyrics, but I picked up on a few lyrics:

"a blast of blinding light"
"5 billion souls incinerated in the doom of the gods"  -  obviously talking about a nuke

"600 years of progress lost because of you" - Reference to the Dark Ages and religion causing it

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Force Feedback:
I think we all know this song is about net neutrality and corporations attempting to take over the internet.

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Rocket Dragon:
I also think we all know this song is about an Apache gunship, shooting Hellfire missiles and reaping havoc, and the pilot justifying himself as "God forgives"

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Persona:
Possibly (shock horror!) one of the good old-fashioned "you are awesome, go do awesome shit!" feel-good songs from Machinae's roots.

I think it's about "burying yourself" in the world, and just giving in and living a dull grey lifestyle that everyone else has, but trying to enthuse you to actually go do something and be interesting. In the end though, the subject gives up and commits suicide? Fuck knows :)

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Nova Prospekt:
This just sounds like a generic fight song to me, although it may have some purpose or deeper meaning.

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World Of Light:
Is it just me or does this seem out of place?

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Shinigami:
I'm not even going to try, I've never watched Death Note..

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Cybergenesis:
I love this song. It has some really serious undertones and seems to be about some war between Athiests and God.

"The age of creation will fade as we turn from grace"
"We place the light of ascensions within the machine - and we will send it to heaven to end God's regime".

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Action Girl:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, simply put.

The soundclip in the middle of the song is a quote from Buffy, it mentions tombs, and stakes, and Hell. Quite straightforward really.

"I think I speak for everyone here when I say HUH?"

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Crouching Camper Hidden Sniper:
Another simple one, obviously about shitty campers in CoD. It even has a gunshot sound straight out of CoD too. (specifically the unsilenced M4A1, for the n3rds ;))

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Indiscriminate Murder Is Counter-Productive:

I think I remember Rob mentioning that this one is pretty much about GTA and games of the same sort of sandbox "kill anyone" genre. Funny that the song about random murder is the happiest song on the album.

"I, know that all these NPC's don't pose a threat to me
but I, gotta kill kill something right now there's a lot to do!"

"I know I'm s'posed to be the one
but I have too much fun
killing everyone"

"fucking fairies from space" :D

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One Day In The Universe:
A love story about a couple that met online and want to meet in person.

"Flashforward to nights online and by our screens,
far apart, connected 10,000 miles between"

"Would it even be like this if we met in life?
We can't know for sure, but what about tonight?
Nevermind tomorrow, what about this moment?
WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW?"

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The Greatest Show On Earth:
Obviously, this song is about Facebook and the whole web 2.0 thing, and is definitely the most accessible song to people unfamiliar with the epicnicity that is Machinae. Very "now" and current, I can see this being their first single and music video..

I already shared my thoughts on this song that it might be a sarcastic commentary on the apathy of our lives today in the thread for the lyrics of this song.

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Remnant (March Of The Undead IV):
Is this the aftermath of the first song? A remnant of the religious war? A first-person perspective of the sole survivor?

"God - your will be done? Then you have gone too far.
Tell me the sun remains,
So you can see the pain that you have caused."

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 01:00:33 am »
I'm also going to quote Rob here for reference:

The new album, play by play:

1.   A View From The End of The World
A truly unmistakable Machinae Supremacy track, echoing songs like “Seventeen” and “Fighters From Ninne”.

2.   Force Feedback
This song is the very definition of SID METAL. Rolling kicks, insane ARPing, and a very melodic and epic chorus. This song also features a new female guest-star.

3.   Rocket Dragon
A war song. Very melodic, with a NES-inspired verse and an epic bridge. A classic NES-synth also roams the chorus. Epic guitar solo (over 1 minute long).

4.   Persona
Ever wonder what a rhodes piano would do in a Machinae Supremacy song? Wonder no more.
"...And though the war path hardly knows your name, all the same. The taste of blood between your teeth feels real."

5.   Nova Prospekt
Drawing inspiration from songs such as “Empire”, this modern fight song shifts between heavy and intense, but remains aggressive throughout.

6.   World of Light
Intro for Shinigami.

7.   Shinigami
A SID-punk anthem that combines elements from songs like “Sid Icarus”, “Return to Snake Mountain” and “Overworld”. Pure fast-paced win and awesome. The title of the intro to this song should pretty much make it clear which “Shinigami” reference this is.

8.   Cybergenesis
Guitar-heavy metal track with 80s-rock influences. Megaman-inspired verse, a lot of cool guitars, wah-wah-solo(s), and more. The story of the song is pretty cool too, but I’ll refrain from giving it away completely because I rather enjoy letting you guys interpret freely. Though it is an "original" story, not a reference.
"We placed the light of our sentience within the machinae, and we would send it to heaven to end God's regime."

9. Action Girl
An ode to all Action Girls out there. This track is metal by sound but action rock by design.

10. Crouching Camper Hidden Sniper
Playful punk song that touches upon a subject that any true gamer can relate to. "I always got the Most Knife Kills - Check your killcam to review my skills."

11. Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive
Someone who enjoys GTA a bit too much will run into trouble playing games like Zelda. A bouncingly fun song about murder.

12. One Day in The Universe
A love song. Srly. This one might be one of those “old-style” Machinae Supremacy songs that take a few listens to get used to. Spinefarm actually suggested we cut it from the album but more or less thanks to Gordon's sister, it is still there. :)

13. The Greatest Show on Earth
Pure pop-metal song about the online generation (yeah, you/us).
“Oh how we’ve waited for this. Art, expression, and... Shared playlists.”

14. Remnant (march of the undead iv)
The 4th in the series of March of The Undead tracks from Machinae Supremacy. Heavy. Epic. What else would it be?


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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 01:04:27 am »
World Of Light:
Is it just me or does this seem out of place?

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Shinigami:
I'm not even going to try, I've never watched Death Note..
It only seems out of place if you haven't seen the anime.   ;)

World of Light is the intro to Shinigami, so they share the same theme.

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010, 01:05:32 am »
Just a meaningless notice (like the ones I always do):
"Indiscriminate Murder Is Counter-Productive" is 12th Machinae track which have a predicate (verb) in its name!
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  • I Turn to You
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I don't count "Hate", "Stand"*, "Return to Snake Mountain", "Skin", "Escape from the Krut" "Attack Music" as imperatives.
The last one would be pretty absurd, but grammatically (nearly) correct.

* or should I?

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 01:05:40 am »
Fallout: http://machinaesupremacy.com/music/albums/a-view-from-the-end-of-the-world/ --> Lyrics

Yay.

Thanks Caranfin! Edited that into the OP :)

World Of Light:
Is it just me or does this seem out of place?

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Shinigami:
I'm not even going to try, I've never watched Death Note..
It only seems out of place if you haven't seen the anime.   ;)

World of Light is the intro to Shinigami, so they share the same theme.

Probably makes sense. I don't watch enough anime ;)

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 01:12:46 am »
I'd say this is probably their best album. Deus Ex Machinae was brilliant. I think this one just pips it.

Favourite tracks...
One Day In The Universe
The Greatest Show On Earth - Has a Radio Future vibe to it
Action Girl

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2010, 01:14:07 am »
Let me just come out and say that I absolutely loathe the way the word "epic" is overused nowadays. Therefore, I won't call the album that, but that doesn't mean that I like the album less than someone who does.

Right, with that out of the way, I have to say that I'm gonna listen to it a few more times before passing judgment.

Initial reaction?

Well worth the wait.*

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2010, 01:18:56 am »
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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2010, 01:26:14 am »
Here's an interesting tidbit:

In Cybergenesis, the following quote is actually from Terminator 2:

"There's no fate but that which we make for ourselves" - Sarah Connor.

So maybe it's about the creation of some sort of robot to destroy God?

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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2010, 01:28:29 am »
This one is alot like Overworld for me. That is, some songs I find briliant while others decent. My favourites after listening to it just a few times are definitely Action girl, Shinigami, Indiscriminate murder and A day in the universe.
I can't belive that Spinefarm actually wanted to cut that song from the album.

Over all great stuff. But really I'm just waiting for these guys to release another album as epic as Redeemer UE. That's the only one that stands strong from start to finish... in my opinion. <:
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Re: A View From The End Of The World Discussion
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2010, 01:33:20 am »
In the lyrics on the website, for CCHS, the line that says

"It really takes away all the thrill"

They actually sing

"It deals a lethal blow to the thrill"