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'The Final Cull'
(Scarlet Records)
Release Date: September 18th 2015

Jeff Kunze

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one machine

One Machine is once again waving the Metal banner. The brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors) has rounded up new players and recorded a new sonic thunder entitled 'The Final Cull'. The album is a product of careful planning, spontaneity, and jamming as a band that includes Jamie Hunt (Guitar), Chris Hawkins (Vocals), Stefano Selvatico (Bass), Michele Sanna (Drums).

The music is a calculated fusion of thrash, progressive, and classic Metal. The vocals fit flawlessly through the different landscapes the music creates. The talent and execution displayed throughout the nine songs paint the dark futuristic path that is 'The Final Cull'.

The crushing opening track, 'Forewarning' launches riffs at breakneck speed. It firmly plants the foundation on which this album is built. The title track stomps at a slower pace and displays a progressive and imaginative song structure. Heavy passages blended with melodic and orchestrated sections. The exact same thing can be said for 'Summoning Of The Soul' as it combines different moods and tempos to create atmospheric shifts as the song reaches its conclusion.

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The shortest track, 'Screaming For Light', rips straight ahead and has a groove inspired section that locks you in. It's a three-minute hurricane that hits hard and quick. Following is the epic 'The Grand Design' that runs over seven minutes. It's a slow heavy grinder that creeps along the destruction it creates. The hypnotic chant in the opening swirls around your head and hooks you in. 'New Motive Power' brings back the speed and aggression.

The ballad 'Ashes In The Sky' adds another dynamic with half the song just vocals and guitar before being swept under a sonic punch. It's a nice twist showing another dimension of the band.

The final two tracks finish the record where it began. Dripping with adrenalin and intensity 'Born From This Hate' and 'Welcome To The World' bring the album to a crushing conclusion.

One Machine delivers a massive metal monster. Branching out into different realms of Metal styles to paint the final product. 'The Final Cull' is the bands best release thus far and sets the bar high for album number three.

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As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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