OBSERVERS - The Age of the Machine Entities


Album: The Age of the Machine Entities

Genre: Instrumental Dark Metal

Release Date: March 8th, 2024

Country: Australia

Label: Self-Released



Space-themed, Instrumental Dark Metal with a stunning cover artwork by Ryan T.Hancock will easily spark my interest, so Observers’ debut album “The Age of The Machine Entities” quickly found its way to my headphones. This new project by Australian composer and guitarist Martin Kennedy, also featuring Chris Bohm on drums, bassist Rich Gray, and some amazing guest soloists, takes us on a Metal reimagining of the classic “2001 A Space Odyssey”. 

For telling this epic without words, they use a variety of styles, from Post- over Prog- and Cyber- to even some hints of Black Metal, with the overall mood being mystical and gloomy. What clearly stands out is the great guitar playing carried by dense synth soundscapes, well supported by the smooth bass lines and the diverse drumming. While the first songs are rather straight forward and powerful, things get doomy with track Number 6, taking us towards the journey’s atmospheric climax, the 11minutes, cinematic ‘Metaphor II’, on which we can also hear a beautiful Ney. All-together a felicitous debut, recommended for the proggy space travelers out there. 

Written by Katha (originally for The Progspace)