NEW MACHINE |
(Mascot Records M70852)
Former Mystery Bloom and Phantom's Opera members, Bob Gilmartin
(guitar/bass/vocals) and David Garcia (drums/keys/vocals) have got together
to form New Machine. New Machine takes a variety of influences from both
their previous bands plus adding a distinctive progressive edge to much of
the music on offer here.
The short opener 'Going Home', with its vocal harmonies, makes for a
great start to the album. Next up 'New Horizons' where the band's
progressive side emerges along with some superb guitar playing and keys.
Lighter moments include 'Meant To be', which will delight AOR fans -
again harmonies and keys are the song's bedrock. The same is true of
'Blood In The Ocean' a real Kansas style ballad. For those after
crunching guitar try 'Cold' where the band go prog metal! The album's
masterpiece is the eleven minutes plus of 'Waterfront', which moves from
mellow harmony filled passages into guitar driven passages. One for your
An album that looks both backwards and forwards in its musical style,
making a refreshing addition to the melodic rock genre. The album is a
distinctive grower and all the better for it.
Review by Jason Ritchie