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Time Machine - 2002 Evil

ARTIST: Time Machine
LABEL: Lucretia
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Lorenzo Deho - bass, keyboards * Joe Taccone - guitars * Gianluca Ferro - guitars * Claudio Riotti - drums * Pino Tozzi - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gerona * 02 Wheres My Heaven * 03 Army Of The Dead * 04 Kiss Of Fire * 05 Ecclegia Spirituality * 06 Neghentropin * 07 Evil Lies * 08 Angel Of Death * 09 Hailing Souls * 10 Silent Bells

From the early 90's, Italian prog metal was a prominent market with many interesting and well known bands; among them Rhapsody and Labyrinth. Another to be birthed from that same era were conceptual prog metallers Time Machine. For whatever reason, I've always liked this band. Their discography has been interspersed between full blown albums and EP's, and the music/lyrics usually revolve around a theme or concept. 2002's 'Evil' is no different, based on the story of a 14th century Inquisitor, charged with the responsibility of ridding the world of all evil. A hard task in the 14th century for sure, a rather backward and dark era for humanity. Time Machine are into a style of prog metal that is mainly derived from late 80's American bands such as Queensryche and Fates Warning. Created out of keyboard bombast of band founder Lorenzo Deho, there is a load of musical imagery and scenery across the soundscape. By this stage, the band had added a second guitarist Gianluca Ferro, notwithstanding a new singer and drummer.

The Songs
'Evil' commences with the gothic orchestration of 'Gerona', organs ablaze, we are led into the first proper track 'Where's My Heaven', preceded my some classical instrumentation, segues into a nice soulful and melodic sequence. 'Army Of The Dead' is yet another huge orchestration, but things get even more expansive on later tracks, with guest keyboardist Eddy Antonini (from prog band Skylark) adding more keys. He appears on the track 'Kiss Of Fire', and though this is mainly a guitar fest, you can hear a piano solo the middle. 'Ecclegia Spirituality' is an instrumental, and if can imagine Tangerine Dream doing heavy metal, then this is what it sounds like. 'Neghentropin' is a bit of mouthful as a name, but musically, it's a somber yet soaring Queensryche flavoured affair, 'Evil Lies' is a bit of solid cruncher, double bass drums at the ready, while 'Angel Of Death' is yet another heavily orchestrated piece. 'Hailing Souls' is geared more toward traditional metal rather than prog, the album ending on the brief instrumental close out 'Silent Bells'.

In Summary
Time Machine released one more album after this; 2004's 'Reviviscence', with yet more lineup changes. The band have since dropped off the map, so one can only assume that after an eleven year run, Time Machine have indeed called 'time' on their existence.

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