They Say :- What if the threat of global domination by shadow governments was real and impacting us every day? What if, by employing space-age technology, these powers have programmed us to blindly obey?
Toronto-based quartet The Android Meme thinks it knows the answer to these burning questions and urges us to heed their warnings. With the release of their first full-length CD, Ordo Ab Chao, produced by Matthew von Wagner, The Android Meme might well be called rock and roll prophets, delivering a message the world needs to hear.
Tracks such as “The Machine Stops”, “Sumii”, “Ordo Ab Chao”, “Left Right Parasite”, “Whistleblower” and “Stranger” range in topics from secret societies to secret government experiments. While not a concept record in the truest sense, Ordo Ab Chao explores the mystical realm of the unseen and largely unknown – an esoteric dimension represented by the rich Masonic symbolism adorning the CD’s cover artwork.
We Say :- Sometimes you just have to give things a chance. When I first listened to The Android Meme’s debut album first impressions really didn’t do what was to come justice at all. The opening track, The Machine Stops struck me as being slightly confused, as if the band had too many ideas that they were trying to fit into too small a space. It all just seemed a little over complicated, not always a bad thing for sure but here not entirely hitting the spot. The vocals seem a little restrained, good but showing signs that something great was possible.
The prog rock promise shown by the opening track bursts to the fore in the grand musings of the one that follows. Sumii sees the band, particularly Stefano Dementia’s vocals, deliver on the greatness hinted at in the album opener. There’s more than a touch of Rush about this track, although this is a band who have more than enough of their own spirit in the mix to mean that they deftly manage to avoid falling into the copycat pitfall.
I like it. Lots.
The Android Meme have managed to put together one of those releases that draws on a number of different influences while retaining the band’s own distinctive identity, a sort of familiar-but-different sound that makes you immediately comfortable with what’s on offer. There’s certainly some Rush in there, some Tool maybe and even shades of Queensryche (well, back when they were good). There’s also a surprising nod in the direction of 80s electronic rock, The PR blurb names Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears and I’d have to say that’s pretty much right.
Frontman Amelio says of the band’s music “You’ll find several overarching concepts running through Ordo Ab Chao, helping to create a kind of cohesive narrative” and that is a decent enough summary. There is definitely a fairly standard theme of global domination and population mind control running through Ordo Ab Chao but it is far from being a pompous, overblown concept album. “We wanted a well-rounded record,” says Amelio. “Despite some of the individual songs being completely different stylistically, they all represent ‘our sound.’ I like the fact that we’re difficult to label. I think that’s our strength.
If you like your music progressive and intelligent without being overblown and pompous then The Android Meme could be just what you’re looking for.