Feeding the Machine

Feeding the Machine

by James Murphy
     
 

Death Metal guitar guru James Murphy follows up 1997's Convergence with an expanded palette. A supreme technician with an endless stream of rhythmic ideas, he has served as a sideman for not only Death/Thrash Metal, but also some Progressive Metal/Rock sessions. Those experiences set the table for this varied session. The core of the band is a trio comprised of…  See more details below

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Death Metal guitar guru James Murphy follows up 1997's Convergence with an expanded palette. A supreme technician with an endless stream of rhythmic ideas, he has served as a sideman for not only Death/Thrash Metal, but also some Progressive Metal/Rock sessions. Those experiences set the table for this varied session. The core of the band is a trio comprised of Murphy, Death Metal veteran bassist Steve DiGiorgio and session great Deen Castronovo on drums. The charm of the recording is the guest appearances and the unique contributions they make. Geezer vocalist Clark Brown contributes two macho, yet melodic performances on "Feeding the Machine" and "Deconstruct," while Testament vocalist Chuck Billy reunites with Murphy on "No One Can Tell You." Royal Hunt vocalist John West makes an appearance on the Power Metal-influence "Visitors." The sessions most interesting track is "Distant Mirrors," which contains the throaty vocals of Chris Long as well as those of ProgRock great Trent Gardner, whom Murphy collaborated with on the landmark recording Age of Impact. If this wasn't surprising enough for Death Metal fans then the version of "Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" surely must have been. This classic Fusion song by the legendary Al Di Meola lends itself perfectly to the heavy treatment its given. Murphy tackles the difficult song with the required energy and pulls off every note with conviction and precision making this reason enough to seek out this session. While the sum of its parts may not amount to an essential recording, there is enough here to please both old and new fans alike.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Shrapnel
UPC:
0026245112124
catalogNumber:
1121

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Murphy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Stuart Hamm   Bass
Deen Castronovo   Drums
Chris Long   Vocals
John West   Vocals
Chuck Billy   Vocals
Chris Kontos   Percussion
Vitalij Kuprij   Keyboards
Trent Gardner   Vocals
Steve Digiorgio   Bass
Matt Guillory   Keyboards
Clark Brown   Vocals
Lonnie Park   Background Vocals
Jeremy Colson   Drums

Technical Credits

Deen Castronovo   Contributor
James Murphy   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mike Varney   Executive Producer
Dave McKean   Illustrations,Cover Design
Steve Digiorgio   Contributor
Steve Jennings   Portrait Photography
Aaron Coplan   Author
Lonnie Park   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Tony Leone   Vocal Engineer
Max McMullin   Programming
William Allaudin Mathieu   Author

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