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    Mon, 06 Aug 2012 08:56:58

    10 Years "Minus the Machine" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars - Exclusive by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    10 Years continue to make boundless rock with the best of them.

    That's why Minus The Machine fits perfectly as a title for the band's sixth full-length album. There's nothing mechanized or fabricated about the Knoxville outfit's sound or songwriting. It's as natural as it gets with an emotional ebb and flow that's simultaneously hypnotic and haunting. Nothing is off limits sonically either.

    The title track kicks off the trek into the machine with a guttural riff from Ryan Johnson as Lewis Cosby's bass resounds forebodingly. Brian Vodinh's drums cycle like a heavier Nick Mason as singer Jesse Hasek entrances with tangible soul.

    The first single "Backlash" segues from an echoing piano intro to Hasek's near-whisper on the verse before slipping into a massive scream of "Run coward". It's eerily prophetic and pronouncedly propulsive. "Writing on the Walls" blends a folk-y acoustic guitar that wouldn't be out of place in the misty mountains with more heavy catharsis from Hasek. The album's centerpiece remains "Dancing with the Dead". It's a dynamic waltz with the dead, switching smoothly from more acoustic resonances and a heavy groove and a true standout in the band's catalog.

    The ride builds up to the piano-driven "Birth—Death" and an utterly epic closer "…And All the Colors", which could very well be the group's most beautifully heartbreaking song ever.

    Minus the Machine stands out as the best album from 10 Years yet and one of the year's top rock records. All boundaries are gone and 10 Years stand victorious once again. We need more bands like them...

    Check out the official video for Backlash below!

    Rick Florino

    Will you be getting Minus the Machine when it drops August 7, 2012?

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