Sister Machine Gun

The Torture Technique

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The Torture Technique starts out promising enough, but ultimately offers little. "Salvation" opens the disc with some fat drums and dense guitars noticeably absent from Sister Machine Gun's less than stellar debut. The 1994 Wax Trax release quickly spirals downward as subsequent tracks revert to the spoken verse to lightweight chorus prescription that failed Sins of the Flesh. To Chris Randall's credit, he expands his programming skills ("Salvation," "Brother Bomb") and vocal performances ("Cocaine Jesus") enough to mimic industrial rock success stories Ministry and White Zombie, instead of exclusively copying Nine Inch Nails. The Torture Technique isn't as dry or repetitive as Sister Machine Gun's first release, but Randall's marginal improvements aren't enough to warrant a recommendation.

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