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Very good band from Italy, maybe the one with the most notable discography and continuity in time. The style can be described like progressive metal, in the vein of bands like Q▄EENSRYCHE and FATES WARNING, with good keyboards and nice guitar work, but with a very personal touch. TIME MACHINE was formed in the first 90┤s in Italy by bassist and keyboard player Lorenzo Deho, who use to have a new singer in every album they published.

First TIME MACHINE album "Project: Time Scanning" was published in 1993 with Andrea Ruggeri on vocals and Joe Taccone on guitars (who still now being an original member of the band), after this band publish a limited edition Ep only avaliable in Japan called "Dungeons Of the Vatican", who was a re-recorded version of the first song they made. Only a few months later, 1995┤s "Act II: Galileo" was published, and till now this is the most know and quality album made by TIME MACHINE, it was a concept album about the life of Galileo, with great compositions and also a nice art-work! Andrea Ruggeri was replaced in this album by Folco Orlandini, who was the most loved TIME MACHINE┤s singer by fans of the band, this album receive a very good reviews and was the first time that the band will play live outside of Italy.

In 1997 another line-up change happens,the band released an Ep ("Shades Of Time"), with a new singer "Morby" who late will play in also italian prog band LABYRINTH. This Ep includes new songs, a BLACK SABBATH cover and some old songs recorded. 1998 was the great return of this band to concept albums, "Eternity Ends" was published (with another line-up change, now singer was Nick Fortarezza); this album follow the sound of "Act II: Galileo", concept album with very good keyboard passage and includes the fantastic mini-opus "Behind The Cross", as curiosity two singles were released before and after the release of "Eternity Ends" called "Secret Oceans: Part 1& 2", which contains demo material and some reworked songs like a great version of "I Believe Again" with Andre Matos of brazilians ANGRA on vocals. Two years after this great work a double cd compilation was released, "Hidden Secrets" contains two cd┤s of rare songs, demos, unreleased songs, and re-works of songs choosen by fans of the band in a previous forum.

In 2002 and after 4 years without release a new studio album "Evil" was released, with two changes, one of line-up (as always), Pino Tozzi was now the singer, and the other change was the so...
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2.64 | 20 ratings
Act II: Galileo
1995
4.03 | 17 ratings
Eternity Ends
1998
3.04 | 7 ratings
Evil
2002
3.68 | 18 ratings
Reviviscence
2004

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3.83 | 4 ratings
Hidden Secrets
2000

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2.09 | 5 ratings
Project: Time Scanning
1993
2.00 | 2 ratings
Dungeons of the Vatican
1994
4.24 | 5 ratings
Shades of Time
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Secrets Ocean, Part 1
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Secrets Ocean, Part 2
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Aliger Daemon (Ep)
2001

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 Shades of Time by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
4.24 | 5 ratings

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Shades of Time
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Italy's TIME MACHINE released this EP in 1997 and I really feel that if you don't have their double cd compilation "Hidden Secrets" then this one is a must. All these tracks are on that compilation but they aren't on any of their studio albums making this a worthy purchase if your a fan of the band. My favourite studio album from the band is "Eternity Ends" which would be released the following year with the same lineup except for the vocalist. I've never seen a band go through so many singers like TIME MACHINE does. If I could compare their sound on this EP to anyone it would be close in style to FATES WARNINGS "Parallel" album just because it's very melodic Prog-Metal.

"Silent revolution" is such a great tune with the drums upfront early then it settles in with vocals before a minute. A calm with sax before 2 1/2 minutes then the vocals replace the sax and it builds. I love the guitar intro on "1,000 Rainy Nights" then it turns fuller quickly.Vocals after a minute as it settles back. So good. Nice guitar solo before 3 minutes. "New Religion" features guitar that is a little heavier then it stops as percussion and bass stand out.Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Guitar and vocals are the focus here. Fat bass 3 minutes in as it settles back briefly once again.Tasteful guitar and chunky bass ends it.

"Never-Ending Love" has a heavy beat as the guitars grind it out.Vocals a minute in. I really like that heavy guitar line that comes and goes throughout. "Past And Future" opens with cymbals as drums, bass and guitar come and go. Sax 1 1/2 minutes in as we start to get a steady sound. Vocals 2 minutes in are reserved then it all picks up. It settles again with sax a minute later then the vocals return.

It's been a joy listening to this the past week since I was already familiar with these songs from their compilation recording. By the way one of the bonus tracks is a killer version of BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell".

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 Reviviscence by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.68 | 18 ratings

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Reviviscence
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It seems like this band has a different vocalist for every new album they release, and this is no exception. I also want to say that "Eternity Ends" is by far my favourite TIME MACHINE album and one I still listen to. I believe this concept album is the second in the trilogy. Some guests here including the two lead guitarists from ANGRA. And speaking of ANGRA this latest album from TIME MACHINE does have a Power-Metal flavour at times but not nearly as strong as ANGRA's style.

"Obscurity Within" opens with atmosphere and some orchestral sounds. Some power before a minute. "Rotten Souls" kicks in with a drum onslaught right away. Guitar joins in then it settles before kicking back in again. Vocals follow. Some double bass drumming and lots of guitar as well. "Rivivscence" kicks in around a minute but settles quickly as reserved vocals come in. It kicks in again as contrasts continue. Some atmosphere to end it as it blends into the short "Satur" piece. "Angle Lucifer" features drums and synths standing out as vocals come in and riffs come and go. It's building then it settles again as themes are repeated. "Burning Crosses" is another short atmospheric piece.

"Grains Of Sand" opens with synths then drums come in followed by guitar. Vocals are next. For the first time the guitar reminds me of older TIME MACHINE albums 4 minutes in. Spoken words end it. "Alhambra" is acoustic guitar melodies throughout. "Tears Of Jerusalem" has this Oriental sounding intro and outro. It then kicks in heavily with synths and riffa before settling right down with reserved vocals. It's building as the tempo and mood continue to change. "The Calling" opens with drums and guitar pounding away like a stampede. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes and synths wash in. Kicks back in and some ripping guitar follows. "Seeds Of Revolution" is a good heavy tune. "Revolution" opens with synths and beat before kicking in quickly. A calm later before that fuller sound returns.

Sure this is a well played album but the vocals don't do a lot for me or a lot of the compositions.

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 Project: Time Scanning by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
2.09 | 5 ratings

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Project: Time Scanning
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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2 stars Project: Time Scanning is the debut EP from Italian progressive metal act Time Machine. Before I start my review of this EP I have to admit that I have a strained relationship with Time Machine because of their debut full length album Act II: Galileo which I purchased back in the nineties and hated like the plague. It┤s not that Act II: Galileo is a really bad album if you look at it objectively, but the disappointment I got back then because I expected so much after reading raving reviews hasn┤t weakened and just the mere site of that album makes me sad. I┤ll try and keep that out of my mind during this review though ( it┤s impossible I know).

The music is melodic progressive metal with lots of synth, but also guitar, bass and drums. Lead singer Andrea Ruggeri is pretty good without showing excellence. His accent is bearable. The songs have many great melodic qualities but suffer a bit in consistency because of the many sub tracks within the seven main tracks. It┤s not too annoying though and we┤re not kept busy by soundtrack like interludes as it was the case on Act II: Galileo.

The musicianship is good and I rather enjoy some of the melodic synth parts.

The production is the lowpoint on the EP. Horrible sound and unfortunately it┤s worst during the parts where Andrea Ruggeri sings.

This is a much better release than Act II: Galileo IMO and had the production been better I might have given this EP 3 stars. As it is now this is a 2 star EP.

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 Act II: Galileo by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 20 ratings

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Act II: Galileo
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is a concept album about the trial and imprisonment of Galileo in 1633. Most of the lyrics here are the imagined words and thoughts of Galileo in the first person. I have to say that a lot of work must have gone into making this album. I feel like a broken record in saying this but like with a lot of concept albums some of the songs are sacrificed for the concept. In other words the concept comes first above all else including the music. There are 19 songs on here and over half of them are just over a minute or less in length.

After a short intro track we get "Stargazer" which is my favourite song on the album. The heavy riffs to open come and go on this one. A nice contrast with the mellow sections with synths and vocals. "I Hold The Key(Into The Void)" is another good song. Lots of atmosphere early as guitar cries out in the background. It kicks into gear 1 1/2 minutes in with some ripping guitar. Vocals a minute later. The tempo picks up before 4 1/2 minutes with some fat bass after 5 minutes. It's raining with thunder to end it. Then we get 5 short tracks before "Burning In The Wind" another good one. More atmosphere early before heavy guitar and drums come in. Guitar is blistering as vocals arrive a minute in."

Aperite!" is great if only for the drumming. "Dungeons of the Vatican" is all over the place with some orchestration. Not a fan. "Cold Flames of Faith" opens with piano as synths, orchestration and warbly vocals come in. It's not the best really until some heaviness before 3 minutes and especially 6 1/2 minutes in where they really let it rip for one of the few times. "White Collars" is another so so track. Some heaviness once it gets going but it's average at best. "Prisoner of Dreams" has some nice sax in it. "Black Rose" features pleasant guitar throughout. "I Can't Smile" is great for the first 1 1/2 minutes with some beautiful piano, then vocals come in.

Barely 3 stars for me. 2.5 stars is probably more accurate. It just doesn't work for me.

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 Act II: Galileo by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.64 | 20 ratings

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Act II: Galileo
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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1 stars "Act II: Galileo is one of the few albums in my collection I really feel bad about buying. I read a review that praised Time Machine as the new Dream Theater and bought the album ( how many times have I read a prog metal review that said: " This sounds just like Dream Theater" ? Countless times I┤ll tell you. This isn┤t true of course. Time Machine plays prog metal, but the standard is not very good.

I especially dislike Folco Orlandini┤s voice which I find imature and cheesy. Listen to a song like "Mother", it┤s so pathetic that I grind my teeth when I hear this ( they say that the average age when Italien men move from their mother is 30. Think about that when you listen to this song). The lyrical concept is good though, describing the story of Galileo.

The production is really bad which doesn┤t help this album at all. There are way too many soft passages for me here. The metal is well hidden.

All in all a really bad album. Nothing I would recommend.

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 Eternity Ends by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.03 | 17 ratings

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Eternity Ends
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The music on this disc has one foot in Prog-Metal and one foot in Prog-Rock. This is very accessible, melodic music with great vocals that have a slight Italian accent that I like. This is a concept album about the life of Jesus Christ and in particular the thoughts he may have had during different moments of his life and afterwards. So naturally there is some controversy over that, but you have to take it all with a grain of salt. I think the lyrics are very respectful. The production on this disc is perfect as we get crystal clear sound.

"End Of Darkness" features acoustic guitar melodies that are joined by a second acoustic guitar part way through.This creates a nice sound in this short instrumental. "Falling Star" is another short instrumental with some good drumming to open followed by some tasteful guitar. Riffs come in as the song blends into "I,The Subversive Nazarene" where we hear vocals for the first time.The guitar is amazing on this track from crunchy to grinding while the drumming is so crisp. Love this tune. The lyrics are Jesus describing his birth and how he came to save the world and how with "...only with one look i'll bring him back to life. And only with my stare i'll open the masses eyes, bringing justice between men". Also "And only with my touch i'll reduce the distance that seperates men from the sky...I'm the new Messiah and you,you call me Jesus, i'm the messanger they announced in the Bible". "Hidden Pain" opens with synths. The first 1 1/2 minutes is a great melody of guitars and drums. Then the vocals arrive in this powerful, mid-paced tune. The sax after 3 minutes is a nice touch. The lyrics are about the thoughts of Jesus in dealing with his pain on the cross and also the pain he sees in the world constantly.

"Eternity Ends" is simply a fantastic song with synths, drums and guitars sounding incredible. Some blistering guitar after 3 minutes. "I Believe Again" might be my favourite song on this album. It's absolutely beautiful ! The sax and tender vocals are great as drums enter the song. And the words "Like a tempest on the sea, like a fire in the wind, like the white of fallen snow, like the blue of summer skies..." "Desert Of Souls" reminds me of QUEENSRYCHE in the intro with the heavy guitars and heavy duty soundscape. The vocals are great as is the nice melodic guitar solo after 5 minutes. "Behind The Cross" is the longest song and it opens with those haunting synths that sound so beautiful. Drums come in and then guitar and we're cooking. Some nice soaring guitar before the vocals come in as percussion and sax follow. "Sphynx (The Witness)" has the best intro yet, an uptempo and heavy beginning. The drums are relentless in this one. "When The Night Surrounds Me" is a ballad of piano, acoustic guitar and vocals. "Pilatus" is about Pilate who washed his hands of the responsibility of Jesus' death saying "I find no fault with this man." In the song Jesus says "Wash your hands and I will live in history forever". The music in this song is heavy with cruchy guitars and synths in the background. There is some TOOL-like drumming before 4 minutes. "Dark Again" is a 20 second closing instrumental.

This is so close to being a five star album in my opinion. It's the kind of record I just can't stop playing. 4.5 stars.

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 Eternity Ends by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.03 | 17 ratings

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Eternity Ends
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars What a beautiful and full of energy band and album. Not to mention, this voice is fiting as a glove in the music they play. Sometimes very romantic , sometimes very powerfull. Not a masterpiece but close enough to me. One of the leading band in prog metal i might say. Forte tracks: Pilatus and Eternity ends, the rest are also good. A band to remember if you looking for something good and well played. 4 stars

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 Hidden Secrets by TIME MACHINE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.83 | 4 ratings

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Hidden Secrets
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a 2 cd compilation of previously recorded tracks that have either been remastered or previously unreleased, as well as demos, live and unplugged versions of songs.The one constant of this band has been the bass player Lorenzo Deho, while the lead guitarist Joe Taccone has been on all but the first release. I tell you this because this band has had 9 different line-ups from 1992-1999.

Things get started with "Riots In The Colonies 753 AC" that has an early FATES WARNING sound to it, especially the guitar. "Stargazer" has some amazing guitar in the intro that comes and goes throughout. And the vocals here remind me of Geoff Tate. This is an original version of the opening track from "Act II:Galileo". "I Hold The Key" is a dark, moody song with some atmospheric guitar and keys in the intro. The vocals are great as well as the scorching guitar melody. "Eternity Ends" is a catchy, melodic tune with a Spanish sounding guitar at times. "Silent Revolution" has a QUEENSRYCHE-vibe with passionate vocals and some intense guitars and drums. There is also a good sax melody. "Behind The Cross" features more sax and some cool percussion and heavy riffs. "I Believe Again" is a jazzy ballad with ANGRA's vocalist singing on it, he also co-wrote it. This one has some great lyrics and the sax just adds to the beauty. "1,000 Rainy Nights" has lots of great guitar and strong vocals. "Falling Star Mixing With I The Subversive Nazarene" is a fantastic uptempo song ! "Past And future" is the first song they ever composed and has a FATES WARNING sound to it. "Dungeons Of The Vatican" is a complex instrumental.

Disc 2 starts off with "Will You Remember" the original version of "1,000 Rainy Nights" and it opens with a great riff and a good solo later on. "Desert Of Souls" is an uptempo, melodic song with drums being very prominant. "Sphynx (the witness)" is a demo with amazing guitar that goes on and on. "New Religion" is dominated by guitar melodies and powerful vocals. "I Hold The Key" and "Passover Of Dreams" are both unplugged versions and the first one is excellent. "Never Ending Love" is a bootleg that sounds amazing with crunchy guitars, although the vocals are lost a little in the sound." Virgin Of The Temple" is a previously unreleased live track with that Jim Matheos sounding guitar again, man this song is so good, early FATES WARNING sounding. The next two songs are also previously unreleased live songs in a similar vein. "Earth's Dawn (history)" features synth washes and guitar riffs, good tune.

It's all good folks, and I highly recommend this not only to TIME MACHINE fans, but Metal fans in general. 4 solid stars.

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 Evil by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.04 | 7 ratings

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Evil
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars.TIME MACHINE are a Prog Metal band from Italy, this release is a concept album based on a "bone chilling" Italian novel that was very popular over there.

The record opens with a short orchestral instrumental before going into the song "Where's My Heaven ?". The singer is pretty good, no complaints, vocals are in English. These guys have gone through so many vocalists, I don't know why though.The drums are upfront and crisp sounding on most of the songs. "Army Of The Dead" is one of my favourites, with great drumming, reserved vocals and flashy guitar solos.

My favourite on this record is "Eyes Of Fire" which is also a bonus track, remixed. This song features some beautiful guitar riffs and solos. "Ecclezio Spiritualis" is an instrumental with piano, and some clear, crisp drumming. "Neghentropia" is a short eerie tune with fragile vocals. "Evil Eyes" has some great female vocals along with male vocals. "Angel Of Death" is a mellow song, while "Hailing Souls" has some amazing instrumental passages during the last couple of minutes.

So overall I do like it, it's a good, well played and thought out record. It's not their best though in my opinion, but well worth a listen.

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 Reviviscence by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.68 | 18 ratings

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Reviviscence
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by AtLossForWords
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4 stars Time Machine has had a long established career in progressive metal. Despite their small popularity this Italian band have released ten studio albums over 11 years. Quite a long catalogue they have isn't it? Their latest album Reviviscence delivers the same stunning quality that they have consistently delivered for the past eleven years of their career.

For this album Time Machine have also delivered an excellent cast of guests making cameos on the album, Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loreiro for Angra the two most known. On Revivscence the band takes a conceptual/theme approach about the evil in our world today, terrorism. The songs are neutral, but offer an artistic obserbvation on the conflicts in the Middle East. Not specifically the war on terrorism (I got a chuckle out of the Bush clip in "Grains of Sand"), but also on the Jewish and Palestinian conflict. Time Machine has delivered an album that is not of the past, not of the future, but of our time. The song titles may seem somewhat grotesque for such an intellectual album, but they are best viewed from up-close, to see the intellectual reasons for their selection.

The vocalist Marco Sivo delivers an amazing vocal performance. From the first lyrics in "Rotten Souls", a listener can immediately believe that the album is one with a talented and unique vocal performance. Sivo have a unique style and voice, which makes this album such an addictive listen. He uses a diverse range throughout the album, and calmly paces his phrases with excellent enunciation.

Gianluca Ferro and Gianluca Galli show off mass amounts of skill Both of these guitarists are endowed with amazing sweeping skills. Yet at the same time,posess an excellent ability to back off and play catchier melodies. The sweeps are their bread and butter though. Anyone that has a hunger for Jasun Tipton (Zero Hour) like precise guitar leads will without a doubt enjoy the performances from these two guitarists. These guitarists can also play slower controlled styles all throughout the album. In songs such as the title track, the acoustic parts in a song like "Tears of Jersusalem" nails the Middle Eastern concept and atmosphere of this album.

Lorenzo Deho makes more of an impact rythymnically supply the bottom end below a great vocalist, and two excellent lead guitarists. There's not really much space him to explore with his instrument, but the bass sets up some excellent harmonies, and really makes some of the slower songs come togethor. Deho also makes a contribution on keyboards on this album, where the atmosphere they produce really nails the mood.

Sigfrido Percich, much like the bassist Deho, makes more of a rythymnic contribution than a technical one. The drums provide a constant rock solid feel that really locks the band in. Percich isn't a busy drummer with endless fills, but he can roll across him toms to set up the next transition with admirable skill.

The production is excellent, especially the guitars. The atmospheric keyboards attack the listener in a variety of ways with excellent clarity. I can't be more complementary of the vocals, one of the clearest a listener will ever hear. After eleven years, a listner can expect good production from a band, Time Machine delivers just that.

This is an excellent addition to any fan of progressive metal, especially those that love the dark technique oriented albums releasted from Sensory Records.

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