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Started some time around 2004, MCM (their name being an acronym for the band members' last initials: Masi, Coven, Macaluso) is a veritable power trio, bridging the gap between progressive metal and instrumental fusion. The band is comprised of Alex Masi on guitar (MASI, DARK LORD, CONDITION RED), Randy Coven on bass (ARK, HOLY MOTHER, RIOT), and John Macaluso on drums (STARBREAKER, ARK, JAMES LABRIE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RIOT, POWERMAD). Their instrumental music blends shredding progressive metal with fusion, dabbling in other styles (latin, funk, etc) and constantly exploring new territory, but never losing their sense of groove.

This is exemplified on their 2004 debut album, released on Lion Music, entitled "Ritual Factory". All of the bands' members have played with each other in various bands in the past, and it shows! While never sounding disjointed or out of touch with each others' grooves, the band members sidestep the soulless pitfalls that plague many bands of this particular genre, their passion evident in the music! After a successful jaunt to Mexico City to promote the album, more tour dates are in the works. Given the band members' pedigrees (having played in numerous bands that are already in the archives, such as ARK and JAMES LABRIE), it's no surprise that everyone who hears this album has been duly impressed! Fans of heavier technical fusion bands such as PLANET X and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT would do well to check MCM out!


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
They're in the same vein as bands like PLANET X or LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, instrumental technical progressive metal with touches of fusion, throwing in lots of genres such as latin and funk and truly exploring new, progressive territory.

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4.20 | 13 ratings
Ritual Factory
2004

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3.67 | 5 ratings
1900 - Hard Times
2007

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 1900 - Hard Times by MCM album cover Live, 2007
3.67 | 5 ratings

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MCM Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars This is one of the sickest live albums in the history of fusion music,jazz rock fusion ,or jazz metal fusion,or whatever it may be called!Anyway-this impressive album proves that improvisional music can be done at a superior level by some amazing musicians,when alchemy and telepathic musical feelings exists between them!We have here the sensational Italian axeman ALEX MASI and the rhythm section of ARK-criminal drummer John Macaluso and monster bass player Randy Coven!For me,this album has a true feeling of pure magical wizzardry and reminds me a lot about the great synergy between Shawn Lane ,Jonas Hellborg and Jeff Sipe!It's amazing from the technical point of view-jaw dropping I must say-a pure lesson in virtuosity and musicianship!Not even a single second of boredom-just perpetual discovery of unknown musical territories,in terms of virtuosity and amazing technical chops ,technical frenzy!Fans of Masi,will adore this album-the guy is totally unleashed here-but the other 2 monsters are phenomenal too!I repeat-a major album for jazz metal fusion-and the LIVE feeling is astonishing!5 STARS for a musical bomb!

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 1900 - Hard Times by MCM album cover Live, 2007
3.67 | 5 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars This live offering from the power trio of Masi, Coven and Macaluso doesn't really add anything new to the style they have chosen to explore, but it's still an enjoyable release if you like the genre.

Fusion, or jazz metal perhaps, is the style in question here; all instrumental and with the guitar as the dominating instrument. Jazzy drumming and funky bass lines underscores the guitar riffing, soloing and shredding, with some nice mellow and atmospheric guitar licks in many tunes, high class atmospheric soloing, some nice guitar pickings on melodic licks as well as soloing and shredding. And yeah, some power riffs here and there as well, in addition to the shredding.

If you like shredding mixed into fusion based metal explorations this one should be high on your list, as the shredding basically is everywhere here. On some tunes as a nice spice to the tune, while on others it's a dominating trait. People who dislike shredding should stay away from this one though.

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 Ritual Factory by MCM album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.20 | 13 ratings

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Review by Gatot
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4 stars I know Alex Masi from his band Condition Red which I think should have been included here at this site. I love his guitar work. In this three-piece band he proves it that he can do an excellent project. From its opening track "Ritual Factory" (4:37) it's really clear for my ears that each member of this project is really skillful in their contribution. I can hear clearly how the music is taken into relatively fast speed with speed guitar solo and great bass lines. This opening track is really a masterpiece. It flows in the same energy through "The Whole Life" (3:23) where Randy Coven's bass guitar work is really stunning. It reminds me to the work of Jaco Pastorius. The guitar solo is still stunning and it has become a major component for this track. "Sadhu's Jewel" (6:51) is still another excellent track with great combination of guitar and bass guitar work. Even though the tempo is slower but this is still an excellent track.

What surprises me is the band's cover of Weather Report in "Black Market". In this case, the band interprets the music into its style without having to change the foundation of the music. Fans of Weather Report must listen to this song.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. The composition is tight, performance is good and enjoyable.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Ritual Factory by MCM album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by Isostance

5 stars I must say to all! This is really great, this is the best new this year.. If You want Liquid Tension with an even sharper edge, Youve got it! This is razor- sharp, and will blow your mind if youre not prepared. These musicians upper edge is composistion, skill, creativity and pure joy set in a complex system for You to enjoy through flesh and bone. These fellas love to play, and youll love to hear them. This is prog the way its ment to be.

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 Ritual Factory by MCM album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by ddruff

5 stars This is the best prog/jazz/fusion record i've heard in years. Mostly instrumental. Incredible musicians. I just keep on listening to it again and again and again. I'm not gonna try to label it or anything, but it's kind of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Dream Theater, heavy as hell but still with a progressive touch. Don't wait. Buy this record immediately. Hope there will be a second album. Can't wait for it. Cheers.

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