Maschine is a new British band led by guitarist Luke Machin. You may know him from his work with The Tangent. Maschine sounds nothing like that. The music is contemporary prog rock with some heavy influences. I would be hard pressed to call this metal. The star of the band, front and center, is Machin himself. He displays prodigious abilities as a guitarist...as a vocalist not so much. That's pretty much the chink in the armour for this album. Machin's vocals are not his strong suit. He would be better off handing the job off to someone else and concentrate on what he does best - bringing the shred. This isn't to say that this album is a wankfest. Nothing of the sort. Its actually quite tasteful and there is a good balance of keyboards and flute in support but I keep waiting for Machin to let loose with a solo and when he does he brings the goods. His background as a graduate of Brighton Institute is apparent - the compositions reflect his knowledge of jazz, classical, and yeah metal. Its all good stuff but the man needs to stay away from the mic.
This is the US jewel box edition that has the same two bonus tracks as the German import digipak. Other than the packaging the music is identical.