Review: Strange Artifact – The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is Strange Artifact’s first long player. Strange Artifact themselves are Japan’s first full-fledged Steampunk band.

The Cover of The Antikythera Mechanism
The Cover of The Antikythera Mechanism

I must admit, of all the album reviews I have made thus far, The Antikythera Mechanism was the most difficult. For one, although I speak a little Japanese, it is nowhere sufficient to understand what MaRy is singing.

Further, Strange Artifact is rooted in J-Rock, a genre I had not really listened to until The Antikythera Mechanism. I had to tackle this slightly differently. I simply looked at the craftsmanship of the music and this really shines. Strange Artifact uses a heavy dose of avant-garde, metal and EBM to create a very faceted and surprising album.

Every song on The Antikythera Mechanism is different from the one before, yet, they all fit together and create something grander than the sum of all songs. MaRy’s very unique and impressive voice does its part to add another fascinating element to each piece. I am not even sure if the edges in MaRy’s voice is due to deliberation or not. In any case, those edges improve the overall feel of the album, another enjoyable detail.

After first listening to The Antikythera Mechanism I had it on repeat for the rest of the day and I can honestly say, it saved my sanity in the place I was listening to it, but that is another story.

The Antikythera Mechanism by Strange Artifact is a fantastic debut album, full of surprises and guaranteed different from everything you have heard so far.

10 out of 10 Zeppelins and the badge of honour.

 

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