ARTIST:

THE END MACHINE

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE END MACHINE

(2019)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Old School
"An album of American hard rock with blues hues for Lynch lovers."
LYNOTT (09.04.2019)  
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In 2012, Dokken stopped being talked about. That same year, George Lynch, his famous guitarist, introduced T&N to his new baby with the album "Slave To The Empire", which featured two Dokken elders, the faithful Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown. Since then - and until 2017 - three albums by Lynch Mob, his other project, have been released. In the middle of these three years, he joined forces with frontman Michael Sweet (Stryper) and released a beautifully crafted "Only The Rise" under the name Sweet & Lynch. Two years later, "Unified" was born, a younger brother less prominent than his eldest one. Last year, an Ultraphonix album was released, the American was associated with the singer Corey Glover (Living Colour). Say, Mr. Lynch, aren't you a little bulimic?

The answer to this question is the release today of a new project by the Lord of the Places called The End Machine. In view of the associate members, those who have been with the animal at Dokken and T&N, one would almost tend to wonder if the newcomer would not be a repetition of the second one... So, what about this equation with several unknowns...T+N = TEM?

The 2012 reconstituted team had adopted mimicry as its approach. Between a surname from the title - "Tooth And Nail" - of a Dokken opus and a "Slave To The Empire" featuring four covers of the American giant on the counter, we didn't need to press the repeat button on our thunderbox in those days to bring the new compositions closer to those of the former protagonists' combo. The choice of The End Machine is quite different. It is Lynch Mob and his hard rock bluesy - as an Aerosmith or a Whitesnake regularly do - that we are talking about here. In fact, it is the former singer of this band - and current Warrant frontman - who is in charge of the vocals on this new baby of the insatiable six-stringed guitarist. So Robert Mason is here in a knowed ambiance.

This singer has a powerful voice and it is him who is trying to steal the spotlight from Lynch here. The associated talent of the two accomplices is what makes this album so interesting. And it's the only satisfactory point. Indeed, apart from a few rare tracks whose melodies will make you want to come back to them, only Lynch's guitar works, within forget the excellent voice of the screamer on duty will keep you awake. The atmosphere here is strong 70's and the blues marks are often here. If you like this style and if your mug at the office represents the King Georges, you can take out your checkbook and buy this production.

As for those who attach particular importance to melodies, it is recommended that they do not expect to spend their time in the shower irritating their glottis by trying the air-microphone. Indeed, apart from the rhythmic 'Alive Today' where we finally meet Dokken, the excellent ballad 'Sleeping Voices', which takes us back four decades, and perhaps the dark and haunting mid-tempo 'Leap Of Faith', melody lovers to repeat over and over again will be disappointed.

Considering the pedigree of the musicians, we could have expected a harmonic bomb. Missed, even if the sound of this opus is irreproachable and that technically what happens in your ears is remarkable - especially Lynch which remains impressive - the whole lacks personality, leaves an impression of coldness and especially suffers cruelly from melodic hooks and therefore emphasis. An opus to be reserved for fans of Lynch, Lynch Mob and American hard rock with a blues tendency, this should nevertheless ensure perhaps a little success for this album.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Leap Of Faith
02. Hold Me Down
03. No Game
04. Bulletproof
05. Ride It
06. Burn The Truth
07. Hard Road
08. Alive Today
09. Line Of Division
10. Sleeping Voices
11. Life Is Love Is Music

LINEUP:
George Lynch: Guitares
Jeff Pilson: Basse
Mick Brown: Batterie
Robert Mason: Chant
   
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