Rue The Day The Machine

Rue The Day The Machine
For a low-budget power/traditional metal release, The Machine isn’t half-bad, but it’s still got that feeling of the local bar band rocking out, really rocking out, after getting totally pumped on Maiden, Helloween and, hey guys, have you heard this new band At the Gates? Sure, add in some Gothenburg melodies but don’t forget the soaring vocals, duelling solos and relentless Painkiller-style double bass attack. But it’s worth a mention due to the quality of playing — the guitarists shred — and their fairly powerful vocalist, even if his adherence to the cheesy way of going about things gets a bit grating. First proper track "Careless Talk” just might find itself lodged in my head when I’m walking down the road, and for that I have to give them at least half a thumb up. Update: two hours later, I’ve forgotten what that song sounds like. (Casket)