Title - 'Chronicles of a Dark Machine'
Artist - Kyrbgrinder
For those not in the know, Kyrbgrinder are a London-based rock trio with a unique style of metal! Heading the trio is front-man Johanne James, who pulls double duty as the drummer of progressive rock band Threshold also. He is joined in this project by both Aaron Waddingham on guitars (who is also in Land of Cain) and Dave Lugay on bass.
The bands third album, Chronicles of a Dark Machine is not only a fantastic title, but is also pretty much spot on perfect for the ten (10) tracks that play out beneath its umbrella. What we get are rock and metal compositions, complete with catchy, infectious rhythms, and a confident lead singer. The songs are varying in their degrees of "darkness," more melodic than not in places, but the mix of styles and musical devotion to the cause ensures that Chronicles of a Dark Machine is going to be loved by their adoring fans for many years to come.
1 - 'Slipping Away' (4:52)
2 - 'Captain America' (5:41)
3 - 'Kill Them All' (3:33)
4 - 'Egocentric Suicide' (4:14)
5 - 'Oxygen' (5:25)
6 - 'Taking Control' (3:35)
7 - 'I Know Why' (1:41)
8 - 'I Feel Blue' (4:21)
9 - 'Take Your Soul' (4:58)
10 - 'Chronicles Of A Dark Machine' (1:35)
Tracks like 'Slipping Away,' the pounding 'Captain America,' and both 'Egocentric Suicide' and 'Take Your Soul' actually not only showcase the fact that Johanne James' vocals sound like Living Colour's Corey Glover - to a tee, almost - but that this is most definitely NOT a prog rock album (despite the Threshold connection). The standard of musicianship on this incredible album is top notch and so a shout out to Threshold's Karl Groom at Thin Ice Studios, where they recorded this opus, has to be made also.