Feeding the Machine

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All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
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: 2/9/1999
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • UPC: 026245112124
  • Catalog Number: 1121
  • Sales rank: 105,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feeding The Machine (6:14)
  2. 2 Contagion (5:20)
  3. 3 No One Can Tell You (6:01)
  4. 4 Epoch (7:15)
  5. 5 Deconstruct (6:19)
  6. 6 Odyssey (7:35)
  7. 7 Through Your Eyes (Distant Mirrors) (7:42)
  8. 8 Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (6:20)
  9. 9 Visitors (7:01)
  10. 10 In Lingua Mortua (3:46)
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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
William Allaudin Mathieu Author
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
Christopher Ash Mastering
Tony Leone Vocal Engineer
Max McMullin Programming
William Allaudin Mathieu Author
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