Rise Of The Great Machine
Supermachiner originally began as a collection of 4 track recordings by J. Bannon, recorded in 1994, just prior to him moving to Boston to attend college. The music was much different than Converge, having more in common with influences Swans, Bauhaus, and others. The project remained nameless and dormant for a number of years. With the help and inspiration of his good friend Ryan Parker (Daltonic, Black Spot, The Jaded Salingers), they casually brought the project back to life in the winter of 1998. With his input, they developed collective song ideas into the "Rise Of The Great Machine" album. J. Bannon structured the lyrical content around his feelings on the rise of technology and the death of the individual, making the project thematic in its content. They named the project "Supermachiner", a play on the term "Supermachinder" the compound word for Japanese Giant Robot Toys from the 1970's.
They entered the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the winter of 1999. During the sessions, Kurt contributed a great deal to the album material both as an engineer and musician. The original "Rise Of The Great Machine" CD was released by the Undecided label in 2000 (now out of print). After the album was released future projects were planned but never materialized.
A collection of all existing Supermachiner recordings will be released on Deathwish at some point as a multiple CD release titled "Rust". In the meantime, the E-Vinyl label in France has released a one time pressing of the original "Rise Of The Great Machine" album, as a deluxe 2XLP, limited to 1000 copies.