Forming in the fall of 2008 out of two previous local metal bands, Mercy Machine and Broken Mindz, Element Of The Machine featuring Chris Mack on lead guitar and vocals, Scott Erskine on guitar, Mike Descoteaux on bass and Jeff Bixby on drums.
This progressive metal band cooks up a unique, heavy sound reminiscent of old school metal, combining a dark, powerful blend of blistering guitars and a brutal bottom end.
When this editor last caught up to Element, they had just signed a recording contract with Deka Records and were in Mack's own Mackay Productions studio recording their debut CD for the independent label.
The disc was also produced, mixed and mastered by Mack, with his band mates as co-producers.
The band had signed when a Deka A & R representative found Element Of The Machine online and loved their sound.
Titled Our Last Hope the disc was subsequently released last October.
"The new CD is now available for download at amazon.com and iTune," Mack said in a recent interview.
"Right now, we're on the metal airwaves in seven states including New York, as well as in the United Kingdom at Ragnerok Radio and also a Scottish medal podcast based in Dubdee, Scotland, which is a live web stream. "Locally we are on the radio at 99 Rock and on WOOL.FM in Bellows Falls, Friday nights during the Spanky Payne radio show from 7 to 9 p.m. It is a very cool radio show that features many local bands and recording artists."
Element is currently working on the follow up to their debut recording and also have upcoming gigs in White River Junction, Manchester, NH and Worchester, MA, so be on the lookout and go see this band because it will be well worth your while.
Also watch for an exclusive review of the debut CD Our last Hope, in an upcoming edition of the Green Mountain Outlook.
To learn more about Element Of The Machine and their latest CD, visit myspace.com/element of the machine or email the band at interceptmac firstname.lastname@example.org.