REVIEW: My Woshin Mashin – ‘Evil Must Die’

Evil Must Die

Artist: My Woshin Mashin
Album: Evil Must Die
Genre: Trance, Rock, Industrial
For fans of: The Prodigy, Mike Patton, KMFDM

There are slews of bands with unique names, but ofttimes their music may lack the creativity that their name would allow you to think existed in their efforts. My Woshin Mashin immediately creates a minor confusion. You would likely assume that it’s a foreign moniker, and in a sense, it definitely is, but it’s also derived from a fictional language, called Mawamian, created by the band itself. “My Woshin Mashin” basically translates to “My Washing Machine,” but the former is slightly more fun to say. Unlike the aforementioned generalization of bands with efforts unworthy of their impressive names, My Woshin Mashin’s newest album, Evil Must Die, contains tracks that perfectly accentuate their name, with originality, gaiety, and obscurity, too.

Along with some themes of social commentary, Evil Must Die exudes bits of rock, punk, trance, waltz, industrial, electronic dance, and even alternative hip-hop scattered throughout its twelve tracks, making for one truly interesting listening experiencing.

Evil Must Die opens with an immediate ferocity in “Riders on the Storm.” With intense, pounding electronics, the opener gets your fist pumping. It’s two parts fun and one part scary. It’s like Rammstein meets The Venga Boys music-wise with Bibi Tulin and Hugo Simons exchanging vocals parts, both of which bring something entirely different and unique to the table. The song is almost hypnotic and like the majority of the release to follow, the production and arrangements it contains are rather impressive.

The second track, “Hobo Rap,” is easily one of the most standout tracks on Evil Must Die as far as pushing boundaries goes at least. Opening with a very fitting sample from the cult classic, Evil Dead II, the song, once again with top-notch production in tact, is primarily a hip-hop track as its name might suggest, with Simons taking the lead with a Cookie Monster-like flow accompanied by a funky beat and catchy chorus from Bibi.

“They Live” is the third track, with inspiration from one of our favorite movies of the same name, and opens with an incredibly infectious, hard-hitting dance beat, and while the vocals may be an acquired taste, they somehow manage to work perfectly with the music. Mike Patton would be proud and possibly impressed – we’ll say that much. I don’t know how the clubs in Russia work but I know I’d get down to this jam anywhere in the world.

While I didn’t go into this review planning to mention/review each of its individual tracks, it’s incredibly difficult not to, but I must digress. They all bring something fresh and unique to the effort, and as different as they all are, they somehow manage to flow cohesively throughout Evil Must Die. It is the sum of its parts, as they say. The crossover appeal for American listeners is undeniable. I can almost guarantee you’ve heard nothing exactly like this. There are songs like “Superhero,” “Sun & Rain” and the closer, “Bradbury,” that are incredibly radio-friendly and more accessible for certain demographics while other tracks like “We Are What We Eat” could easily play in some form of goth rave and ooze remix possibilities.

Evil Must Die certainly isn’t for everyone. but open-minded explorers of music and or fans of bands mentioned in this review, may just find a new favorite gem here. My Woshin Mashin have found their niche in a relatively unexplored corner of the music world and that corner is now more visible on our radar as our interests are piqued and we look forward to future offerings from this eccentric trio.

SCORE: 9/10

Review written by: Brian Lion – Follow him on Twitter

Brian Leak

Editor-In-Chief. King of forgetting drinks in the freezer. Pop culture pack rat. X-Phile. LOST apologist.
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.