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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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2.56 | 23 ratings
Act II: Galileo
1995
4.03 | 18 ratings
Eternity Ends
1998
3.03 | 9 ratings
Evil
2001
3.45 | 19 ratings
Reviviscence
2004

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3.83 | 4 ratings
Hidden Secrets
2000

TIME MACHINE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.07 | 7 ratings
Project: Time Scanning
1993
2.00 | 2 ratings
Dungeons of the Vatican
1994
3.95 | 6 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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 Reviviscence by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.45 | 19 ratings

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Reviviscence
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

2 stars The fourth (and to date last) full-length album of Italian prog-metallers Time Machine continues the trilogy based on Valerio Evangelisti's book "Cherudek" that the band had started with their 2001's LP Evil. Released in 2004, Reviviscence also continues Time Machine's tradition of frequent personnel changes between albums. Of the line-up that had recorded Evil, only Lorenzo Deh˛ (bass) and Gianluca Ferro (guitars) remain. They are joined on the new record by drummer Luca Sigfrido Percich, guitarist Gianluca Galli and vocalist Marco Sivo, all coming from fairly unknown local metal bands. Reviviscence is also characterized by several guest spots, including solos by both Angra's guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt, and a keyboard solo by Fabio Ribeiro (Shaman, Andre Matos).

Stylistically, Reviviscence can be described as a cross between Time Machine's masterpiece Eternity Ends from 1998 and their previous record Evil from 2001. Of the latter, the new LP retains the taste for a modern approach to progressive/power music, based on beefy, groovy guitar riffs, futuristic keyboard samples, and powerfully dark melodies that remind me of bands like Kamelot. But there are also echoes of Eternity Ends on Reviviscence, partly because Marco Sivo's voice has the same high-pitch tone and mellifluous timbre of Nick Fortarezza, who had sung on the 1998's album, and partly because of the Angra influences that were very prominent on Eternity Ends and return, albeit less conspicuously, on the new album.

This description may sound exciting, considering how Eternity Ends and Evil are both very strong records in their own way. Alas, despite its best intentions, Reviviscence is a fairly disappointing release, mostly because a lot of the material feels very much run of the mill and uninspired. Melodically, there are very few moments of this album that stand out, even after repeated listens, and the whole album flows away without making much of an impression. The material in the second-half of the record is somewhat stronger, also thanks to some inspired guitar playing and a touch of colour given by unusual instrumentation (the sitar on "Tears of Jerusalem") and samples (the George W Bush's speech at the end of "Grains of Sand"), but it really does not go beyond the average level.

Another weakness of this record is the quality of the line-up, which I think is somewhat inferior to those of the previous two records, at least in the vocal department (in a few places, Sivo's vocals come across as tentative and fairly generic) and the drumming. On the other hand, the band has gained something in terms of guitar firepower. Both Galli and Ferro are excellent guitarists and the album contains some interesting and exciting guitar playing and solos ("Grains of Sand", "Tears of Jerusalem", "Seeds of Revolution").

Unfortunately, the production is also a step-down compared to the band's previous two records. The album does sound really poor for something recorded and produced in 2004. It is loud and noisy, with a terrible guitar and drum sound and an unbalanced mix that puts the keyboards and samples all over the place and on top of the other instruments. This truly detracts from the listening experience, especially in songs where one can hardly tell apart what's being played as everything sounds like an indistinguishable mush (the choruses on the title-track and "Angel Lucifer").

Overall, Reviviscence is a mixed bag of fairly uninspired and badly produced material. There is some saving grace in the guitar work, especially in the solos, but it is too little to lift the album beyond the "so-so" level. It is a pity because Time Machine have been a really interesting and exciting band in the Italian and European progressive metal scene, and this is a rather unfortunate way to conclude their discography. We can only hope that Deh˛ may at some point in the future decide to revive his old band and conclude the Evangelisti's trilogy with a better album than this one. Until then, I think I will stick to Eternity Ends and Evil.

 Eternity Ends by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.03 | 18 ratings

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Eternity Ends
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

4 stars Eternity Ends is the second full-length release by Italian prog-metallers Time Machine. It came out in 1998, just one year after the band had released its fourth recording, the EP Shades of Time. The band's line-up underwent some changes in the space between the EP and Eternity Ends, which is not unusual for Time Machine, considering how they changed singer on every single album they ever released! Long-time guitar player Ivan Oggioni stepped down and was not replaced on the new album. Vocalist Morby also left the band, and was replaced by Nick Fortarezza. The rest of the line-up is unchanged, with Nick Rossetti on drums, Joe Taccone on guitars, and mastermind Lorenzo Dehˇ on bass. Stefano Della Giustina is also listed as a full-time band member on the record, after having featured as a guest on the 1997's EP. Alessandro de Berti (from Italian prog-metallers Enrico VIII) guests by contributing acoustic guitars.

Eternity Ends is hands down the best album Time Machine have released in their entire career. Already the previous EP Shades of Time had shown that the band had found a more convincing and mature way to express their musical ambitions, leaving behind the complex and over-fragmented sound of the origins in favour of a more accessible, chorus-based approach that still retained sufficient progressive depth. The process of maturation of the songwriting continues ? and reaches its highest point ? on Eternity Ends. The music falls squarely into the melodic prog metal camp, but it does not lack originality. Inspired by label mates Angra, Time Machine incorporate in their sound refreshing Mediterranean and Latino influences, and a strong melodic allure that draws from the Italian singer-songwriter and pop tradition. The use of percussions, sax, and acoustic guitars add further intricacies and depth to their sound. Importantly ? and this is a major improvement over earlier albums - Time Machine never lose sight of accessibility, by keeping the song structures lean and linear and by giving the right weight to choruses in the compositions.

Another strength of Eternity Ends lies in the quality of the band's line-up. Nick Rossetti is a very good drummer. Already on the EP Shades of Time, his addition to the band had brought a more assured and virtuoso performance but also a vastly superior drum sound compared to previous records, and the new album is all the better for it. Nick Fortarezza, the other new element of the line-up, is a powerhouse. He has range and power, but also expressivity, something that many prog metal singers often lack. His performance on songs like "I, the Subversive Nazarene", the title-track, "I Believe Again" and "Behind the Cross" are nothing short of breath-taking. Also, Fortarezza's vocals have that typical Italian pop flavour that greatly contributes to giving a sense of originality to the material.

The album is centred on the persona of Jesus Christ and is divided in 12 songs. There are really no weak spots, but some tracks nevertheless stand out above the rest. After two short instrumentals, "I, the Subversive Nazarene" properly opens the album, and what an opener that is! The song is a robust, powerful mid-tempo graced by some fantastic vocal melodies by Nick Fortarezza, not too obvious but yet very catchy and memorable. The title-track is a bit more of a grower, but on repeated listens shows all its beauty. It has a nice Latino flavour thanks to some tasteful percussion work by Rossetti, and features three excellent guitar solos (two electric, one acoustic) by Taccone, Oggioni (the band's former guitar player) and de Berti. "Behind the Cross" is a grittier piece that, after an unusual start (with a Goblin-like keyboard motif), develops into an epic, powerful mid-tempo.

I kept last "I Believe Again", which is undoubtedly the best song of the album. Co-written with Angra's singer AndrÚ Matos, this is one of those pieces that are so good that can define a whole musical career. Unsurprisingly, it has a marked Angra flavour, especially if you listen to the version sung by Matos (not included on the album, but on the EP Secret Oceans Pt 2 released in the same year). I love the onion-like structure of this song, with the verse bookending the track and the bridge and chorus in the middle. All three parts sport fantastic vocal melodies by Fortarezza, especially the atmospheric bridge and the ethereal verse. The tasteful use of Della Giustina's sax adds further layers of atmosphere to this beautiful ballad. If you can only listen to one song written by Time Machine, this is the one you should look out for.

Eternity Ends is Time Matchine's crowning achievement. It's a great album of melodic progressive metal, with a distinct Italian / Mediterranean feel. It's original, inventive and skillfully played. It has memorable songs, including one of the best prog metal ballads ever written. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the hidden gems of progressive metal, and if you are into this genre, you ought to give it a try!

 Shades of Time by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
3.95 | 6 ratings

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Shades of Time
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

3 stars Time Machine are an Italian prog metal band from Milan and the EP Shades of Time is their fourth studio release. The band is renowned for their frequent personnel changes and Shades of Time is no exception. Antonio Rotta is replaced on the new EP by Nick Rossetti (from prog metal/rock band Enrico VIII) on drums. Vocalist Folco Orlandini also steps down to make space for Adolfo "Morby" Morviducci (Sabotage, Domine). Guitar players Ivan Oggioni and Joe Taccone stay on instead, and so does the band's bass player and main songwriter, Lorenzo Dehˇ. Stefano Della Giustina guests as keyboard and tenor sax player.

The EP has strong Queensryche vibes. A lot of the similarities come down to Morby, who on this album does one of the best Tate's impersonations you can find out there. The timbre is spot on, and also the phrasing is at times reminiscent of Queensryche's legendary singer. But it is not just the voice the reason why I am reminded of Queensryche when I listen to this EP. The music is similar too, with songs that inhabit that sweet spot between ballad and energetic mid-tempo that one can find aplenty on records such as Operation Mindcrime and Empire. The sound is dark and moody, yet also very melodic. The keyboards add the right atmosphere, while the drums and bass give the sound a solid, powerful background.

In truth, often the comparison with Queensryche is a bit too close for comfort, as in the case of the EP opener "Silent Revolution" (even the title could have been lifted off Operation Mindcrime), the anthemic "New Religion" and "Never-ending Love". "1000 Rainy Nights" is more interesting, a sort of moody ballad with a solid, powerful riffing and drums. "Past and Future" is a re-recording of a song that had originally appeared on Time Machine's debut EP (Project: Time Scanning). It was one of the highlights of that EP and the new version is perhaps even better, with Morby adding that extra dose of grit and epicness that brings to mind early Iron Maiden. Stefano Della Giustina adds a sax solo to this track, which confers the music an additional layer of colour.

I have not yet mentioned what I consider the best piece of the EP, the cover of Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell". Frankly, this song is so good that it is probably impossible to make it sound bad. Time Machine's version is slightly more direct and aggressive, but it nevertheless retains all the power and epicness of the original. Walking in the shoes of Ronnie James Dio is never an easy task, but Morby does an excellent job here. The early Iron Maiden vibes surface on this track too, especially in the speedier bits.

All in all, Shade of Times is a pleasant album that flows away smoothly, if without too many surprises or high points. In the context of Time Machine's discography, the EP is significant for two reasons. First, it is the first album that actually showcases a decent production. The guitars have finally a good, meaty sound, and so do the drums. The vocals are well produced too, probably also thanks to the experience of Morby as a singer. The second notable aspect of the record is the evident maturation in the songwriting department. Shades of Time is the first album where Dehˇ abandoned the complex, over-fragmented and frankly hard to assimilate songwriting style of his previous records, in favour of a more direct, chorus-centred approach, which perhaps may be slightly less ambitious but it is certainly more accessible and, in the end, enjoyable.

 Evil by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.03 | 9 ratings

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Evil
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

3 stars After two LPs and a string of shorter EPs, in October 2001Italian prog metallers Time Machine released their third full-length album, "Evil", a concept album based on the novel "Cherudek" by Italian writer Valerio Evangelisti. The record marks yet another revolution in the band's line-up, with three new members appearing on "Evil" relative to the previous release: guitarist Gianluca Ferro, drummer Claudio Riotti, and singer Pino Tozzi (all coming from Italian prog metal band ArkhŔ). The new members join long-time members Lorenzo Dehˇ (bass) and Joe Taccone (guitars), as well as a small number of guest musicians, including long-term band collaborator Roberto Gramegna on keyboards and Eddy Antonini (Skylark) on piano in "Eyes of Fire".

"Evil" is a rather accomplished release, especially when compared to those early, roughly produced Time Machine albums. The album contains ten tracks of melodic progressive / symphonic power metal, pretty much in the vein of bands like Royal Hunt, Savatage and Threshold. There are also hints of more traditional prog metal (Dream Theater) as well as neoclassical metal (Rainbow). The tracks revolve around excellent vocal melodies and big, singalong choruses that are masterfully crafted to immediately prick up the ears. The song structures are fairly simple and never stray too far from the verse/chorus repetition, plus the occasional guitar solo. The arrangements, though, are rich and multi-layered, with a good contrast between a modern, edgy guitar sound and lush symphonic keyboard arrangements. The spotlight is often on the vocal lines, which in many tracks are really excellent. Pino Tozzi has a warm, moody voice, and he cleverly stays in a comfortable mid-range that allows for maximum expressivity.

The album contains some great songs, but also a couple of duller moments that detract a bit from the overall listening experience. The powerful, uptempo "Where's My Heaven?" is a great way to open the album, energizing and melancholic at the same time. "Eyes of Fire" is one of the album's highlights: propelled forward by a gritty guitar riff, this song sports a very catchy chorus and a great solo spot by Eddy Antonini on piano. "Evil Lies" is the other highlight of the album. It is a rich song, containing another excellent chorus, a nice alternation between male and female vocals (provided by guest singer Melody Castellari), a Latin choir, and an awesome dissonant guitar solo by guest musician Max Lotti. The instrumental piece "Ecclesia Spiritualis" is also interesting, with its spooky ambient sections and cool atmosphere. I also like the album closer, "Hailing Souls", which recreates the combination of power and moodiness of the opening track. "Army of the Dead" (with its strong Royal Hunt vibes) and especially "Angel of Death" are instead somewhat less interesting and are bogged down by weaker vocal melodies and excessive repetition.

Overall, "Evil" is a thoroughly enjoyable album of modern melodic progressive metal. Blessed by a very warm and organic production and some great melodic ideas, the album flows away pleasantly and with more than a few moments of brilliance. If I were to nit-pick, perhaps the biggest downside here is that on this record Time Machine have somewhat lost those peculiar sound characteristics that had made their early records stand out from the rest of the prog metal scene (complex, multi-part songwriting driven by bass riffs and arpeggios; a distinctive "Italian" melodic flair). "Evil" sounds instead much closer to the international prog metal standard of those years, which is both a good and bad thing. It is a good thing because it shows that the band has made enormous progress compared to the uncertain, slightly amateurish early recordings. But, at the same time, this also means that Time Machine have lost along the way those characteristics that had made their initial sound unique and original. Nevertheless, "Evil" is a strong album, and if melodic prog / power metal is your poison of choice, you won't regret giving it a try.

 Act II: Galileo by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.56 | 23 ratings

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Act II: Galileo
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

2 stars Released in 1995, "Act II: Galileo" is the debut full-length release of Italian prog metallers Time Machine. Hailing from Milan, the band had actually released already an EP ("Project: Time Scanning") with a similar line-up, hence why they titled the album "Act II". The band's driving force is bass player Lorenzo Dehˇ, who is the main songwriter and lyricist. Joe Taccone and Ivan Oggioni play guitars and new band member Antonio Rotta sits behind the drum kit. Another new member, Folco Orlandini (who will later appear on a couple of Skylark's records), takes charge of the vocal department.

"Act II: Galileo" is a concept album about Galileo Galilei, the so-called "father of modern science" who lived in the 17th century. The album narrates his trial for heresy by the Inquisition which ended with his condemnation to house arrests, where Galileo spent the rest of his life. It is an interesting theme, especially for those who, like me, are suckers for history-tinged conceptual albums.

Musically, the album is divided into nine tracks, which are further divided across nineteen interconnected sub-tracks, some of which are short instrumental and others longer pieces with vocals. Many sub-tracks are interconnected and flow seamlessly into one another, which fits well with the conceptual nature of the record. The music can be described as melodic progressive metal, built around complex song structures and virtuoso playing in the vein of Queensryche and, less obviously, Dream Theater. One unusual aspect of the album is that many of the songs revolve around bass riffs, reflecting the role of Lorenzo Dehˇ as main composer of the material. Guitars arpeggios, riffs and leads and lush keyboard arrangements also play a very prominent role, giving the album a rich and multi-layered sound which fits well with its progressive ambitions. Folco Orlandini's vocals are quite good, too. He has a standard, high-pitched prog metal voice, halfway between LaBrie, Matos and Tate. He uses his voice very well, alternating between balls-to-the-wall singing and more atmospheric, mid-range passages, offering an overall nuanced and sophisticated performance.

"Act II: Galileo" is a huge improvement over the debut EP, with some excellent compositions such as the sinister, partly ambient instrumental "Dungeons of the Vatican", and "Cold Flames of Faith", an inventive tour-de-force that develops between mellow ballad and full-blown Queensryche-like prog monster. "White Collars" sports an interesting finale with a cool guitar and moog solos. "Prisoner of Dreams" is another good track that harks back to the classic Queensryche balladry. Other songs contain also interesting moments, but one defect of the LP - which was also present in the debut EP - is that often these ideas are not fully developed, as the band is (too) quick to move on to the next idea. There are so many moments on this album where I just wish the band could stay just a bit longer on each musical idea to develop it in full. Instead, Dehˇ's tendency to cram each song with a myriad of different parts (some good, some less good) makes the album feel too fragmented and rushed. It is a pity, because the talent is obviously there and, with some guidance from an expert producer, this album could have been a much more assured release.

The production is the other downside of this record. The sound has hugely improved relative to the debut EP, but the production is still too rough, especially when it comes to the guitar and drum sound, which are barely above the level one would expect from a demo. The mix is also somewhat awkward, with the keyboards sitting way too high in the overall mix of many songs.

It is a pity, because "Act II: Galileo" contains some very good material which shows that Time Machine are a band full of ideas and talent. However, the subpar sound production and a not yet fully mature songwriting bog down this release considerably. With a bit more quality control, some careful pruning of the less valid material, and a better sound production and mix, this album could have been a much more impressive release than what it actually is.

 Project: Time Scanning by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
2.07 | 7 ratings

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Project: Time Scanning
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

2 stars Time Machine are a prog metal band from Italy that were active throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and 'Project: Time Scanning' is their debut EP, later re-released as full-length album with the addition of a couple of bonus tracks. The band is the brainchild of bass player Lorenzo Deh', who, together with guitar player Ivan Oggioni, in the late 1992 decided to put together a one-off 'project' album to mark an end to their musical collaboration. The duo enlisted a couple of additional musicians (Ivan Taccone on guitars, Roberto Besana on drums) and singers (Fabio Pagani and Andrea Ruggeri from Moon of Steel, another Italian prog metal band), and in 1993 released the outcome under the title 'Project: Time Scanning'.

The EP contains seven tracks (the 1997 re-release adds two further songs, taken by their sophomore EP 'Dungeons of the Vatican'). The music can be described as 1980-influenced melodic heavy metal (Queensryche above all), with distinctive progressive leanings. These are mostly apparent in the non-standard structure of the songs, which are quite elaborated and complex, and in the virtuoso playing. There are some neoclassical themes too, hinting at Rainbow being another influence. The music is pretty much guitar and bass-driven, but keyboards and piano are also used abundantly (played by producer and long-time collaborator of the band Roberto Gramegna).

Speaking of production, it is probably the worst aspect of the EP. The sound is incredibly muddy and rough, and the mix is very unbalanced (it is sometimes a struggle to hear some of the instruments, like the keyboards). The guitar sound is also pretty terrible, thin and noisy, and so is the drum sound. The vocals, too, would have needed a bit more polish, especially in the songs where Andrea Ruggeri sings. Overall, the low-budget production definitely ruins the listening experience. The other major drawback of the album - which will plague the next couple of releases of the band - is Deh's tendency to cram his compositions with an insanely large amount of different sections, with different tempos, moods and instrumentation. Some sections last literally just a handful of seconds. While no doubt this adds depth to the compositions, it also makes them excessively fragmented and ultimately hard to enjoy, really.

It is a pity, because some songs are pretty decent, such as 'Holy Man', a track that combines heavy metal and a certain Italian prog-pop flair, resulting in an interesting and fairly original sound. 'Past and Future' is another good track, with strong vocals and a cool, dark symphonic atmosphere. The other tracks are less impressive, although most of them do contain some interesting ideas and passages, albeit not fully developed.

Overall, 'Project: Time Scanning' is an interesting EP, which clearly shows the band's potential. Being a debut album, it also shows that Time Machine are still on a learning curve, especially when it comes to composing and arranging songs that are complex but at the same time enjoyable and fun to listen to. The EP nevertheless shows that Time Machine are a band to watch for and indeed in the space of a few years they will become one of the most respected acts in the Italian prog metal scene.

 Shades of Time by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
3.95 | 6 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".

 Reviviscence by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.45 | 19 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.

 Project: Time Scanning by TIME MACHINE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
2.07 | 7 ratings

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Project: Time Scanning
Time Machine Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 Act II: Galileo by TIME MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.56 | 23 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.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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