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Aspiring filmmakers, take note: the streaming online version of Model M’s latest full-length comes with the tag line “This album is the soundtrack to your next action movie.” This isn’t false advertising, since these 13 songs could make for the perfect accompaniment to a Hollywood chase scene littered with explosions and car crashes.

Nearly every cut here showcases songwriter Terrance Dick’s knack for electro-infused violence, as he blends pulse-racing rhythms with gut-busting screams and barbed-wire synths. Opener “We Are God” kicks things off with an assault of merciless beats and brash keyboards that sound as if they were culled from a classic fighting video game; if the theme song from Mortal Kombat were reimagined as an industrial rager, it might become something like this.

Most of the collection is similarly aggressive, and you’ll scarcely have time to catch your breath during its 47-minute run time. The angst-ridden “What Do You Want” is even more unsettling, as it pinballs between smouldering bass grooves and face-melting rock-outs while Dick snarls, “Just fucking go away.” The lyrics aren’t exactly subtle, but they get the point across.

After these apocalyptic, fuck-the-world bangers, it comes as a shock when The Eagle finishes with the ultra-mellow title track, which places a gently tinkling piano over a pensive, ambient synthscape. It’s a bit of a letdown after the ferocious energy of the rest of the album, but Dick is clearly gearing this one toward the moviemakers. After all, the atmospheric dénouement would be a good fit for a film’s closing credits. - The Georgia Straight, August 25, 2011, By Alex Hudson


Discography

- The Eagle (2011)
- Letters to Jesus (2009)
- Freedom From Want (2003)
- The Killing Gods (1999)
- Dusty Demos (1994-1996)

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Terrance Dick was born and raised in Vancouver, and started singing when he was 3. Following his passion for music, he worked in studios such as Little Mountain Sound and Vancouver Studios in the early 90s, where he worked on post-production and sound design for many small indie bands as well as larger bands such as Motley Crue and the Cult. After working for the studio and touring with a number of bands, he moved to Toronto in 1994. Not having a wealth of money to draw from, he started Model M in 1994, using household objects and crude home recording techniques to write his music. Since then, Terrance has played and collaborated with many friends and musicians, and continues to pursue his passions in music. He has many unusual and interesting stories to tell about his life, which is where much of the content of his original music is rooted in.

Terrance has always tried to maintain a specific style to his music. He prides himself on being able to write high-energy, aggressive, electronic music that sounds current while sculpting polished and palatable sounds in his limited studio without falling into what’s popular or mainstream. To Terrance, music is art, and he feels that it’s important to put one’s own tastes in one’s art. One has to be truthful to his/her self, in order to achieve that.