Machines of Grace rock!! To learn more about them, read my interview with Zak Stevens at www.DaBelly.com ~M
Paying tribute to their metal forefathers while also keeping a modern hard rock edge, the Boston-based quartet, Machines of Grace, is one of the few currents acts that will appeal to both factions. Their self-titled debut, which will be released digitally on July 7th, certainly proves this, as evidenced by such white hot/melodic rockers as "Just A Game," "Psychotic," and "Fly Away."
Comprised of band members Zak Stevens (vocals, whose credits include Circle II Circle, Savatage), Matt Leff (guitars), Chris Rapoza (bass), and Jeff Plate (drums, whose credits include Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church), the album was mixed by renowned studio expert Paul David Hagar (who has worked over the years with acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Pink, and Tracy Bonham).
The band is offering fans a contest via their site, in which one grand prize winner will get a $100 iTunes gift card, a drum head signed by Jeff Plate, and a Machines Of Grace hooded sweatshirt, while three runner up winners will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. All fans that sign up for the group's newsletter via their site will receive a 20% off coupon code for pre-ordering the album.
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"I'd say we're a mix of melodic metal, hard rock, modern rock and acoustic rock," explains Leff. "The current rock climate is calling for modern production, strong vocal melodies and memorable songs from guys that can really play. I think we fit that description."
Plate tops off the sentiment: "The music is metal, but not thrash. Rock, but not pop. We could be compared to a number of different bands, and each song will give you a different impression, but in the end the sound is distinctly Machines of Grace."
Reflecting the band's words, BraveWords.com recently described Machines of Grace as "A throwback to a simpler time when the almighty riff and strong melody lines ruled ala Badlands, Brother Cane and Tangier; raucous, groove-ridden soul to the max."
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