If I haven't already missed that bit I'm not going to notice it. I had a skim through some reviews there, I can see why several of them are not impressed. But it's not that bad (so far). It probably needs a bit of listening to get past the stylistic front.
Oh there's Sam Hayne there now, haha
The last SP album i really listened to was machina: The Machine god. I do have zeitgeist & Oceania but barely played them. I seem to hit a wall with most bands. Into to it to a point & then my interest falls off a cliff.
Lead / title single is good, bit of an earworm. The samhain song isn't bad either. I find a lot of his melodic approach of being a really unmelodic vocalist across the rest of the stuff more or less unlistenable. The two women in the band now do a lot of good stuff to rectify this with the arrangments they did. I still follow his bloody endless insta stories because of the machina re-release. I find the 'I'm misunderstood and humble' tone kinda annoying when about half the art he's had done for the last two decades has been him as some biblical themed diety. I still haven't managed to unfollow it yet though. Kinda interesting. Suspect a 8-10 track version of the album could be great but i'm not doing the edit.
What interests me about the machina reboot is that he says the thing got mangled to bits by the label, so I want to see if he mangles it better or worse...
Here's a track with questionable melody and a chorus almost saved by the vocal arrangements. Like a it has a melody, its just its the same melody for every line in half the new songs.
This chat of sequels is ominous enough. I'd like to see him return to the wide dynamics of the mellon collie era. He needs an editor really. He can write better than most. Was he just raising flags to get the new stuff on the air though, like technically everything is a sequel anyways?
If this had the pace of melon collie era and a less flat instrument group it coulda been much better.