Machinae Supremacy is a Swedish band that combines modern heavy metal, power metal and alternative rock with chiptunes. Self-defined as “SID metal”, many of their songs use a SidStation that features the SID chip of the Commodore 64. They have released 32 original recordings for free download on their site, with approximately 100,000 downloads a month.
Deus Ex Machinae, the band’s first commercial album was released in 2004 through the independent (and now defunct) MbD Records UK. The band is currently signed to Spinefarm Records, through which they released their second studio album, Redeemer in 2006, and a few more studio albums, with their latest album, Into the Night World, released independently on December 16, 2016.
Machinae Supremacy was formed in Luleå, Sweden during the summer of 2000 by Robert Stjärnström, Kahl Hellmer and Jonas Rörling. The name of the band had existed before this, but it was only a few months later the band decided on a specific style they wanted to pursue. Andreas Gerdin, a long-time friend of Rörling, joined on keyboards and Tobias Malm joined on drums. Together they recorded their first song, “Cryosleep.”
Defining an original style and being fans of the Commodore 64, they settled on using the SID chip from the machine in their music, later becoming known by the term “SID metal“. They described their music as carrying a vibe of self-confidence, enlightenment and encouragement for people to take control of their own lives.
The band saw the Internet as the best way to reach a wider audience, forgoing the traditional method of sending demos to record labels. In 2001 their official website was launched, boasting around nine freely available songs. They distributed their music through the free Vorbis audio codec as well as MP3.
The band attempted to reach out to the Commodore 64 community in an attempt to gain a larger fan base. It was during this time “The Great Gianna Sisters” was released, a cover of the theme to Great Giana Sisters composed by Chris Hülsbeck. Releasing this song onto various Commodore 64 remix sites proved to be instrumental in the band’s early success, which was later increased by the follow-up, the Sidology series. Machinae Supremacy would also go on to perform their first show abroad, at a nightclub in Soho during the Back in Time Live event.
During 2001, Stjärnström and Hellmer, together with friend Tomi Tauriainen formed the short-lived punk rock side-project, FLAK. Intending to express a political side, only three songs were released; parts of which would later go on to influence Machinae Supremacy songs. From an interview with Stjärnström “FLAK is… aggression and pain! :] It’s a band, but it’s nothing serious, just a means of expression.”
In 2002, Tobias Malm left the band and was replaced by Tomas Nilsén, who is a long-time friend (and previous band mate in Garden of Concrete) of Stjärnström’s. Over the next few years, they released 25 freely downloadable songs before they began work on their first studio album.
n May 2004, the band announced the release of their first commercial album Deus Ex Machinae through Music By Design Records Ltd. (MbD). The album’s first print of 1000 copies sold out within a year, leading to a second print being released in 2005. Shortly after the release of reprint of Deus Ex Machinae, MbD ceased trading and the band were without a record label for the then-in-development second album. This album would not be released until 2006.
The band would also contribute to other projects that year; they worked on the soundtrack for the video game Jets’n’Guns by RakeInGrass software. The Jets’n’Guns Soundtrack was released for free on December 2004. In that year three of their songs were included in the In the Groove series of dancing games; “Hybrid“, “Bouff” and “Cryosleep“.
During 2005, the band’s focus was directed towards finishing and finding a way to release their second album. “Ghost (Beneath The Surface)” was released, as an outtake from the album.. They collaborated with the German gaming magazine GameStar to produce and release two songs, “Loot Burn Rape Kill Repeat” on June 25 for a World of Warcraft special, and “Multiball” (a medley of themes from the Pinball Dreams series) on November 20 for a Battlefield 2 special.
Later that year, Hellmer moved away from Luleå and could no longer take part in the band. He was replaced by Johan Palovaara.
Early in 2006, on January 9, the band was able to release “Sidology Episode II – Trinity“, finally completing their “Sidology” series, as well as announce a sister production company, Hubnester Industries, which would handle future soundtrack and commissioned work.
On March 18 of that year they were able to independently release their second commercial album, Redeemer through their own merchandise web site and store using Hubnester Industries as their own record label. Then on September 27 that year it was announced they had signed to Spinefarm Records in a 4 album record deal and would remaster and re-release Redeemer to retail on November 8.
In late 2006 the band, with Hubnester Industries, worked on the soundtrack to the now postponed PC game War Angels, developed by Moonpod, and their third studio album. In November 2006, the band’s lineup was changed with the hope of improving the quality of live performances, with Stjärnström’s guitar role passing on to Gerdin, allowing Stjärnström to focus solely on vocals, and replacing the keyboard with pre-recorded samples.
In 2007, it was confirmed that the band would produce their first music video for the song “Through The Looking Glass“. It was directed by Tomi Tauriainen, and shot by Torbjörn Lindbäck and was released after several delays later that year.
It was during this year that the band were asked to perform with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra during the Play! A Video Game Symphony concert in Stockholm, part of the world-tour event featuring music from video games. They played during the song “Dancing Mad” from Final Fantasy VI. Following the success of this concert, they were asked to return to the event in Oslo, Norway with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Choir where they played, among other songs, Metallica’s “One” during a Guitar Hero segment.
In October 2007, shortly after the band released their first music video for the song “Through the Looking Glass“, it was announced that Johan Palovaara was leaving the band, “Due to different priorities, Johan Palovaara is now leaving the band to pursue other ambitions.” It was later revealed it was over the band’s decision to perform at events such as Play!. Johan Hedlund was hired as the band’s new bassist.
Production began on the third album, Overworld during 2007. The first radio single from the new album, a cover of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More”, was premiered on the Finnish station YleX in late November.
The album was released o February 13, 2008. Later in the year after a web site redesign, the Vorbis audio files were replaced with lossless FLAC files. In October, the band released a cover of the title theme from the 1988 video game Bionic Commando for the game’s sequel.
In August 2009, Nilsén departed the band due to “personal issues”. He was replaced by Niklas Karvonen in October 2009.
The band released their fourth studio album, A View from the End of the World, on November 3, 2010. The video for the song “Force Feedback” was later released in 2011.
In early 2011, the band toured Europe supporting Children of Bodom on their Ugly World Tour. A UK-only best of compilation, The Beat of Our Decay, was released on March 28, 2011 to support the tour. After four years of membership, Hedlund left the band on June 19, 2011; Gerdin switched to bass to fill his spot and Stjärstrom returned to performing his role as the band’s rhythm guitarist. The band did not release an official statement regarding his reasons.
The fifth studio album of Machinae Supremacy, Rise of a Digital Nation, was released on October 19, 2012. It was featured on the controversial Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, leading to a significant increase in the band’s online profile.
On December 5, 2012, Machinae Supremacy announced on their official Facebook page that Tomi Luoma would be joining the band as their rhythm guitarist, first appearing with them on January 10, 2013.
A music video was made for the album’s opening track “All of My Angels” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
In 2013, Machinae Supremacy announced that they were working on a new album, due for release in 2014, and launched a fundraiser through their own website for a headlining European tour. The fundraiser, which deadline was extended several times, lasted from September 22, 2013 to January 12, 2014, collecting over €37000 from more than 350 single donations. As a result, twelve different European countries were “unlocked”, in which a tour is planned to take place during 2014.
On January 4, 2014, Machinae Supremacy played their first show in the United States at MAGFest 12, a Music and Gaming Festival in Washington, DC.
The seventh studio album of Machinae Supremacy, Into the Night World, was released on December 16, 2016 independently on band’s own label Hubnester Records.
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Phantom Shadow / 2014
01. I Wasn’t Made for the World I Left Behind
02. The Villain of This Story
03. Perfect Dark
05. Throne of Games
06. Meanwhile (in the Hall of Shadows)
07. Phantom Battle
08. Captured (Sara’s Theme)
10. Beyond Good and Evil
11. The Second One
12. Redemption (Was Never Really My Thing)
13. The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall
15. Mortal Wound (Skye’s Requiem)
16. Hubnester Rising
Into the Night World / 2016
01. My Dragons Will Decimate
02. Into the Night World
04. Remember Me
05. Space Boat
06. Stars Had to Die So That You Could Live
07. Beast Engine
08. Dream Sequence
09. SID Metal Legacy
10. The Last March of the Undead
A View from the End of the World / 2010
1. A View from the End of the World
2. Force Feedback
3. Rocket Dragon
5. Nova Prospekt
6. World of Light
9. Action Girl
10. Crouching Camper Hidden Sniper
11. Indiscriminate Murder Is Counter-productive
12. One Day in the Universe
13. The Greatest Show on Earth
14. Remnant (March of the Undead IV)
A View From The End of The World is the fourth album by the Swedish SID/Heavy/Power metal band Machinae Supremacy, which was released on November 3, 2010.
Overworld / 2008
2. Need for Steve
3. Edge and Pearl
4. Radio Future
6. Truth of Tomorrow
7. Dark City
9. Gimme More (SID)
11. Sid Icarus
Overworld is the third album by the Swedish SID/Heavy/Power metal band Machinae Supremacy, which was released on August 18, 2008.
Redeemer / 2006
5. Kaori Stomp
7. I Know the Reaper
9. The Cavern of Lost Time
10. Rogue World Asylum
11. Through the Looking Glass
12. Oki Kumas Adventure
13. Reanimator (March of the Undead III)
14. Prelude to Empire
Redeemer is the second studio album of SID/Heavy/Power Metal band Machinae Supremacy, released on March 18, 2006. Originally planned for release by Music By Design Records Ltd. in 2005, it was delayed when MBD Records ceased to exist. On February 6, 2006, to celebrate the release of the new website, two new tracks from the album were made available for download: Rise and Through The Looking Glass.
Rise is actually Lava Bubble Trouble from the Jets’n’Guns Soundtrack, reworked into a full song. The band would later repeat this by converting Flight of the Toyota (from the same soundtrack) into the album-track SID Icarus within their next album.
Jets'n'Guns Soundtrack / 2004
1. Theme from Jets’n’Guns
2. FanVaCoolt (Men om nånting)
3. Koala in the Spider’s Web
5. Flight of the Toyota
6. Teh Evul P4in of Doomy Hell
7. Erecta My Hamburger Baby
8. Little Green Men
9. Lava Trouble Bubble
10. Zogrim Ate My Hamster
12. Archangels of Sidaroth
14. Burghammer Hill
15. Knee-Deep in the X0xx
16. Kings of the Sea
18. Lord Krutor’s Dominion
20. Dududub Dududum
21. Escaping the Krut
22. Death from Above
23. Flames of Fire
24. Judgement Fray
26. R0x0rd Teh X0xxor (Level Cleared)
28. Game Over
Released in December 4, 2004, Machinae Supremacy worked on the official soundtrack for the video game, Jets’n’Guns by RakeinGrass software.
Deus Ex Machinae / 2004
2. Super Steve
5. Return to Snake Mountain
6. Player One
7. Deus ex Machinae
8. Attack Music (album version)
10. Throttle and Mask
11. Killer Instinct
12. Tempus Fugit
13. Blind Dog Pride
14. Machinae Prime
Deus Ex Machinae is the debut album of the SID/Heavy/Power Metal band Machinae Supremacy. Released by Music by Design (MbD) Records UK in 2004, there were initially only 1000 copies made. In 2005, a further 1000 copies were printed featuring remastered tracks, new cover art and a bonus track. Then in 2006, further copies were printed via Hubnester Industries. In 2012, the album was released as a free download from band’s official website.
The album was recorded in Blind Dog Studios and Lilla Tomtestudion, Luleå. All songs were composed, written and performed by Machinae Supremacy.
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