Secret Machines: Secret Machines (TSM Recordings)

Epic but not boring. Big but not stupid. That pretty much sums up the latest eponymous release by Secret Machines. Trance-inducing arena rock anthems that test the limits of your speakers are prevalent here, with explosive drumming that anchors chunky power-chord guitars and dark electronic flirtings. Part Bowie and part BRMC, the album closes with ‘The Fire Is Waiting’, an 11-minute theoretical big-bang that will leave you stoned till your mom calls you down for dinner. BL