This is rhythmic groove metal with keyboard enhancements that takes influence from the cyber metal scene.
Despite the modern production though, it has somewhat of a 90s metal feel to it to me. This is not meant in any detrimental way. 3rd Machine seem to have a quality to them that is lacking in a lot of contemporary bands; I’m not 100% sure how to define it, but it’s a feeling in the songs and how they’re structured; it just reminds me of the formative years of nu/modern/groove/whatever metal.
I see 3rd Machine as a mixture of different styles and eras – if you take aspects of 90s metal, djent, Fear Factory, American Head Charge, Darkane and Mnemic, you’ll have a good idea of the kind of things they get up to on Quantified Self.
The singer has a gruff shouting style that accompanies his cleaner vocals. Although overall Quantified Self is a well-polished creation, due to the singer’s voice it’s also a little rougher than some of this kind of stuff. This, combined with the more 90s influences in some aspects of the band’s sound, lends this album a slightly different sheen when compared to some of the faceless hordes that play similar music.
The songs have a nice combination of heaviness, catchiness and atmosphere, making for a memorable album that works well in the style. If you like this type of modern/groove metal, but dislike the overly commercial aspects inherent in a lot of this kind of music, then I advise you check out Quantified Self, as 3rd Machine know what they’re doing with this sub-genre.