SAVATAGE members Zak Stevens (also of CIRCLE II CIRCLE and MACHINES OF GRACE) and Chris Caffery (also of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), along with Nigel Dupree, the son of JACKYL's Jesse James Dupree and frontman of the NIGEL DUPREE BAND, were interviewed for the latest episode of the "Rockin' Metal Revival".
The program is now available for download in three parts at this location.
MACHINES OF GRACE — the new band featuring Zak Stevens, drummer Jeff Plate (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE, METAL CHURCH), guitarist Matt Leff (guitar) and bassist Chris Rapoza (bass) — released its self-titled debut album digitally on July 7 via iTunes and other retailers.
"It's just a pure, solid melodic rock sound," Stevens said about the project. "It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it's got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal."
Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT, respectively. Their first band, WICKEDWITCH, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the lineup and formed the backbone of today's brainchild: MACHINES OF GRACE.
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the WICKEDWITCH project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front SAVATAGE (and more recently, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and METAL CHURCH. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed TRIGGER EFFECT, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for IRON MAIDEN, QUEENSRŸCHE and HALFORD.
Caffery's new solo album, "House Of Insanity", was released digitally in October 2008. The effort features "a really cool metal cover of 'Get Up, Stand Up' by BOB MARLEY," according to Chris.
Chris Caffery's previous solo album, "Pins and Needles", was released in Europe in March 2007 via Metal Heaven Records. The CD arrived in North America in June 2007 via Locomotive.