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NEW MACHINE

Crossover Prog • United States


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Drummer Chaim Garcia and guitarist Bob Gilmartin, who make up the entire cast of NEW MACHINE, met when they were just 5. Growing up in the same neighbourhood in Old Bridge, New Jersey, they have been close buddies since they can remember and share many interests, the most important being common musical tastes: they first shared a passion for RUSH and KISS, and then for PINK FLOYD, KANSAS, MARILLION, YES, The BEATLES and DREAM THEATER. They played in many local club bands over the years, recorded a few singles of their own and by the late 90's, they were contributing their respective talents to hard rockers PHANTOM'S OPERA. By then, however, several musical ideas had been brewing inside their heads for quite some time; so they finally embarked on their first full-fledged project with Bob handling all the guitars and bass, Chaim playing the drums and keyboards, and both sharing the vocal duties. Their eponymous album was released in 2002, engineered and produced by Eric Rachel (SYMPHONY X among others).

According to their website, they wanted their album to be prog but still commercial, powerful yet gentle, rhythmic yet molodic, and they seem to have succeeded in every way. Their (self-titled) album is indeed a perfect blend of prog rock, metal and AOR; it features heavy rockers with strong guitar work (at times bordering on metal) as well as typical American AOR ballads with full harmony vocals la EAGLES. They do wear their influences on their sleeves but their material still sounds fresh, their melodies are original and they play with an obvious passion. Perhaps having made music together for over 20 years has paid off, as they display a rare chemistry for a band on their first independent project.

Recommended primarily to fans of JOURNEY, KANSAS, QUEEN and MARILLION of the Hogarth era, but fans of BOSTON, STYX and ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA are also likely to enjoy.

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Review by Muzikman
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4 stars I had to stop and scratch my head after I looked at the credits for this CD by NEW MACHINE. I listened to the album and thought . umm . this is a real good band, there has to be at least four guys pumping out this high-energy progressive metal rock. Little did I know there were two men performing all of this music! David Garcia (drums, keyboards, lead & backing vocals) and Bob Gilmartin (guitars, bass, lead & backing vocals) certainly have it all covered on their self-titled debut.

One look at the image on the cover conjures thoughts of a futuristic world, then you flip it over to look at the back cover, reality sets in, and you realize it is a picture of a bunch of kiosks or something like that at a convention, or possibly an airport? In any event, after you remove the effects of the photographic tweaking, what lies underneath is the truth. What I am driving at is a concept or idea about humanity and the difference between the truth and a misleading notion. Let us take that thought one more step further with music and the images it creates in your mind's eye. Life is not black and white and neither is music. This band uses this philosophy effectively with their music as they play hard driving progressive metal and in the same token work their way through a ballad built for top-forty radio. That is quite a range in style, not to mention a strong indicator of their diverse talents.

My favorite track easily was "Falling," a hook-laden rocker that you cannot seem to shake loose once you have heard it. Most of this music stays with you because of the melodic tones and rhythms they use as a foundation to any style they choose to play, hard and fast or anything in between. I really enjoyed this CD because it offered so much, never giving me a chance to get bored and click over to the next track. This CD is a solid 10 songs from a group that named themselves aptly. NEW MACHINE.

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