This CDR by Bobcrane serves up epic instrumentals in the vein of Mogwai or godspeed you! black emperor. The sound comes largely from guitars, drum machines, and a sampling of synth effects. There are lots of things about this disc that are good, great even, but I can?t help but wondering how much better it could have been had a few elements been tweaked.
The highlight of the album is the guitar, hands down. There are some amazing riffs to be found here, both heavy and mellow. While the loud, sludgey parts are good, I particularly like the guitar on the more subdued, delicate tracks like ?The New Old Pitch,? ?Fractures,? and ?Covered Earth.? Every track on the disc seems meticulously pieced together, but on these songs in particular there is a sense of the arrangements? intricacy.
What bogs down ?His Mighty Hurricane Machine? is the overuse of electronics and drum machines, in particular. On most of the tracks, distracting drum sounds literally swirl around in the mix. Various cymbal, snare, bass, and kick drum sounds jump from channel to channel in the speakers and every element seems to come from a different angle. The effect is not unlike standing in the middle of a warehouse with solo percussionists tapping away in each corner. On the lighter tracks, these sounds are more subdued and focused and it?s immediately obvious that the mix could benefit from some drum machine restraint.
Really, this disc could have been trimmed down from its twelve tracks and distilled into an excellent EP. The more delicate tracks are indeed very good and deserve to see the spotlight more than they do here. In this case, less could have been much more. 6/10 -- Matt Blackall (1 May, 2007)