Born and bred right here in Melbourne,
Mechanical Organic represents a consortium of well-known entities of the local
The founder and instigator behind Mechanical Organic is
keyboardist Eddie Katz, best known for his involvement with Vauxdvihl. He co-wrote
all the lyrics togheter with David Bellion, who was also if I am not mistaken
part of Vauxdvihl at some stage.
David Bellion performs all vocals, guitars and some
keyboards. He is well known from his other prog bands, such as Fractured or
Neue Regel. Alongside Ed and David, we can hear Evan Harris, on bass. Evan who
also contributed in Vauxdvihl, plays with Eyefear, Black Majesty or Vulvagun
amongst many more local bands, when he is not out in the bay, fishing.
Anyways, the line-up is completed by Connie Dee (Spasticator)
on guitars and Andrew Hurst on drums.
The album titled ‘This Global Hive Part One’ is entirely
conceptual, dealing with the coming of chaos, also known as the NEW WORLD ORDER
brought onto this world by the dark side or the evil. There is talk of the
black awakening and the creation of satanic super soldiers, mind control,
multiple personality disorder etc.
Of course, there is lots more to be read into the lyrical
contents across this album, especially with all the fanatic dialogue, a
recording of some kind deconstructing the cause and process of the coming of
this NEW WORLD ORDER, domineering this 62 minute journey.
As the subject matter suggests, the music is extremely
sombre and dark throughout the album but overall, the songs have an array of
musical faces. Mechanical Organic’s basis for this album is doom prog, driving
comparisons with Swedish bands Memento Mori, MemoryGarden or Veni Domine are obvious
but the Rhode Island proggers
Digital Ruin possibly bear the greatest resemblance to ‘This Global Hive Part
One’. In parts, the album plays out math metal or fusionesque prog, which is
ruptured with monotone doom swirls, pounding along to the preaching dialogue
creating more of a soundtrack to the spoken word.
Snippets of power metal exchanging Arch/Matheos [Sympathetic
Resonance – 2011] style prog and all completely linked together by the vocal dexterity
of David Bellion who shows a multitude of singing styles and timbres to his
vocals that is incredible entrancing. Possibly the most intriguing comparisons
for David’s output are Fates Warning and Queensryche.
An unrivalled product when it comes to originality and tone
setting. With other words, Mechanical Organic play some of the best dark and
heavy prog metal since the mid-nineties.