Supermachiner began as a collection of four-track recordings by J. Bannon (Converge) in 1994. The music was different than his known vocal work in Converge, having more in common with influences Swans, Bauhaus, and others. Continually evolving through home recordings. the project remained nameless for years. Along with the help of musician Ryan Parker (Daltonic, Black Spot, The Jaded Salingers), the project was brought back to life in the winter of 1998. With lyrical content built around the rise of technology and the death of the individual, the project took a conceptual turn. Eventually taking on the name "Supermachiner", a play on the term "Supermachinder", the compound word for Japanese Giant Robot Toys from the 1970's. The two entered the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the winter of 1999. During these sessions, Ballou also contributed to the material. The finished album titled "Rise Of The Great Machine" was released by the defunct Undecided label in 2000 (now out of print). After the album release, future projects were planned but never materialized.
The "Rust" 2xCD features the "Rise of the Great Machine" album, as well as four track ghosts of forgotten songs, and other audio experiments. All of it showcases the artistic spirit that made Supermachiner a unique animal for the time. Foreshadowing the future marriage between the "post-hardcore" and "shoe-gaze" genres that dominate today's avant-garde/experimental music world.
Track Listing: 01. Rise Of The Great Machine 02. Flight Of Vultures 03. I Am Legend 04. Declaration One 05. Above You 06. The War We'll Never Win 07. Vicious Circles 08. By The Roadside 09. I Am Oblivion 10. Treading In The Wake Of It All 11. Below You 12. Bitter Cold 13. A New Day 14. A New Loss 15. Fireflies Light The Way 16. Remember My Name 17. A New Precipice Before Us 18. Declaration Two 19. Reign Of The Great Machine 20. Hearts Degrade / We Rust 21. Pick Up The Pieces (Driven Version) 22. Diamond Bullet 23. Declaration (Disrupted Version) 24. Slow Is The Pace of Burden 25. Grant Me The Strength 26. Our Ground Is Sour 27. Memoriale Rituum 28. Avalanche 29. Pick Up The Pieces (Broken Version) 30. End Of The Line
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