Time Machine


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Time Machine Review

by David Gonzales

In 1997, Philippine rock/metal band Teeth released its second album, Time Machine. The band's first album, Teeth, was very popular and yielded the massive radio hit, "Laklak" (trans: Gulping), now considered one of the Philippines' most recognizable and famous songs. Once again, Teeth's music is hard-edged and reverb heavy, but Time Machine lacks the charm of the debut, Teeth. The band strives for excellence and some songs hit the mark, but missing in most cases are the imaginative arrangements and distinctive melodies that adorned the debut. In addition, Glenn Jacinto's vocals aren't as strong as before, for whatever reason. All the magic isn't entirely gone, however, and "Tampo" (trans: Full of Resentment) is a notable, spirited effort that would fit well on the debut album. The title song, "Time Machine," is also noteworthy, containing gritty instrumentation and a catchy melody and hook. Unfortunately, most songs miss the mark on this album, one of which is the tedious, seven-minute long, "Luha" (trans: Tears), which meanders through several uninspiring style and tempo changes (including tender acoustic passages and blazing guitar), but the song lacks definition and a purpose. Time Machine did not have much impact on the Philippine music scene, especially when compared to the impact of the debut album. Still, one senses a tireless dedication on the part of the band, and Teeth cannot be counted out. The next album is surely anticipated.

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