Engine Three Seven has had quite the journey. Once a staple of the Byron Bay music scene, they relocated to Melbourne and signed to a major booking agency. They released two extremely well-received EPs, had back-to-back live shows, began work on their debut album and appeared to be hammering along beautifully. Then things seemed to go off the rails slightly; they made the unpopular decision to shorten their name to Engine, had a couple of key members leave and lost the momentum they had built. Now they are back and have finally finished their debut album. If there is any justice, they will regain that lost momentum and carry it forward because Metasiah is an absolute ripper.
While they have always been a stomping alternative heavy-rock act, their EPs and live shows occasionally stepped out into ballad territory. They have ditched those elements in preference of on an all-out rock assault for Metasiah. They digress only once on the string-enhanced instrumental Caldera, but the rest of the album is ballsy, in-your-face rock with a dark edge.
In fact, ‘stomping’ is probably the best word to describe Metasiah. Torn Asunder, Erasure and World War Away slam the groove down like heavy-heeled, steel-capped boots on a skull while guitars howl like banshees on steroids. At the same time, the vocals of enigmatic frontman Casey Dean are catchy as all hell and the choruses soar to the heavens.
Engine Three Seven are still a quirky beast and if you lost track of this band, re-acquaint yourselves with them and grab Metasiah today.