Finnish melodic metal act MACHINE MEN have inked a deal with Century Media Records.
Earning a reputation as an excellent live band, these young musicians (in their early 20s) created quite a buzz in the realm of melodic metal with their self-titled MCD (2002) and their debut album, "Scars & Wounds", which was released in Finland in 2003 and followed up by a full European launch in spring 2004 via their former label Dynamic Arts Records.
The band, which consists of Antony (vocals), J-V (Guitar), Jani (guitar), Eero (bass) as well as Jarno (drums), have been influenced by classic metal acts such as IRON MAIDEN as well as vintage QUEENSRŸCHE. MACHINE MEN are determined to bring along a fresh edge within their style to build a bridge from the golden '80s to the best of modern metal for all fans of the style.
The group's new album, "Elegies", was recorded by THUNDERSTONE's Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios (OMNIUM GATHERUM, THUNDERSTONE) and mastered at the established Finnvox Studios. The CD comes with classy artwork by Norwegian artist Christian Ruud (TRISTANIA, MADDER MORTEM) and it includes nine catchy and profoundly melodic new songs as well as a cover version of BRUCE DICKINSON's "Freak".
"Elegies" track listing:
01. Falling (3:05)
02. Dream & Religion (3:49)
03. Apathy (5:10)
04. Back from the Days (3:28)
05. The Traitor (3:55)
06. October (6:35)
07. Daytime Theatre (4:58)
08. Doors of Resurrection (4:10)
09. From Sunrise to Sunset (6:04)
10. Freak (4:15)
"Elegies" is scheduled for release on July 25. A video clip for an as-yet-undetermined track off "Elegies" will be filmed soon as well as further European touring for the autumn season. Artwork for the album as well as an online sample will be launched in a couple of weeks.
Upcoming MACHINE MEN shows:
Jul. 16 - Joensuu, FIN – Ilosaarirock
Jul. 22–23 – Geiselwind, GER - Earthshaker Festival
Aug. 4–6 – Wacken, GER - Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 19 – Oulu, FIN – Jalometalli Festival
Aug. 27 – Salo, FIN – Bar Maksim