MiXE1 – Reflections

Like so many bands, British trio MiXE1 has teased and taunted rich attention with a host of ear grabbing encounters but have yet to fully ignite the sparks set through those imaginative success deserving releases. It is easy though to suggest and expect that break through with the band’s new album Reflections; a collection of striking tracks combining to create their finest most striking moment yet.

From a solo project created in 2010 by Mike Evans (Vocals, Synths), MiXE1 has grown into a formidable creative proposition with the addition of Lee Towson (Guitars, Live Bass, Synths, Vocals) and Lee O’Brien (Drums, Synths, Samples). Similarly their sound has evolved and blossomed across EPs and a well-received debut album as electronic adventure has increasingly aligned with alternative and rapacious rock tenacity. As Reflections shows, it is music and imagination which continues to explore and discover greater depths; the new album embracing a broader canvas of sound as the snarl of metal, boisterousness of pop, and epic rock enterprise all collude with the band’s already established creative instincts.

With the release also seeing the band joined by a host of guests across its increasingly magnetic body, Reflections opens up with its title track, the song looming in from an instantly busy distance on a tide of synth and guitar to swiftly establish an inescapably tempestuous and gripping lure. Evans’ vocal roar carries a similarly ferocious edge, attitude still lining the melodic prowess which soon springs from his throat amidst the compelling storm. With hungry hooks and fiery melodies igniting the multi-flavoured and easily devoured trespass, the song continued to nag, enthral, and incite.

The following Get Out Alive rises with a similar recipe of flavours but quickly sets out its individual character woven on melody, aggression, and eager imagination. As its predecessor, its infectious breath and moves are at odds with but the perfect companion to raw ferocity; again a union which attacks and seduces within a stirring tapestry of sound and texture.

Though released a couple of years back, Don’t Break Apart could be described as the lead single of the album and has lost none of its potency over time. In many ways the moment the band’s sound marked its latest evolution with its earlier release, its potential has been fully realised across the album and still fires up the appetite as it builds on its pulsating electronic start to cast sonic virulence upon the senses. Gentle caresses lead to inflamed eruptions and compelling melodic intimation builds to dark and rapacious incitement, the track pure magnetic and intimate drama only elevated by the additional contributions of Lawrie Bayldon (Studio-X) on synths and Erlend Eilertsen (Essence of Mind) alongside Richard K (Machine Rox) on vocals.

The rousing Spectrum is next up, immediately casting a melodic web with metallic strands around a robust rhythmic canter, the track a voracious mix of pop catchiness and electro shadows all toned with flirtatious temptation while successor, the equally irresistible Align revels in vociferous industrial instincts to create its very own contagious incitement. There is a great irritable edge to the electro rock based outing, antagonism soaked in melodic tempting reminding of former UK band Ghost In The Static.

From a dystopian atmosphere Nexus steps forward next, the track another with an industrial rock breeding embracing and employing a wealth of electro and rock strands to cast its magnetic web. Rabbit Junk’s JP Anderson joins Evans on vocals, his raw antipathy a tantalising companion to the more flirtatious harmonic tones of MiXE1’s frontman. Yet again ears were gripped and vocal chords incited with Fall straight after thrusting its rapacious rock ‘n’ roll upon the senses to similarly take control of body and attention with increasing rewards if ultimately only teasing the heights of the previous tracks. Still though, it just captivated before Monochrome with Roman Marisak (Professional Murder Music, Spacetime) guesting on vocals provides the darkest and most corrosive moments of the release whilst forging another of the album’s striking propositions in sound and enterprise revealing richer depths by the listen.

Yet one more major highlight comes with next up Creations, the song casting an atmospheric suggestiveness from which emotive and melodic imagination blossom their radiance. At its volatile heart is the vocal coupling of Evans and Natasha Cox (Mankind Is Obsolete, AL1CE, Alice Underground), both pure enticement and the latter simply mesmeric within a climate which simmers, seduces, and subsequently erupts with physical and emotional turbulence.

The final pair of Authors and Quasar ensure the album’s close is as stirring and impressive as what came before; the first an eager slice of electro rock as anthemically infectious as it is intimately heart bred while the latter takes the listener across an ethereal landscape before taking a spatial flight enriched with celestial harmonics and spirit raising dynamics. It is a glorious and imaginative finale exposing yet another aspect in the creative kaleidoscope of MiXE1.

The Hertfordshire band has never been a stranger to providing striking and seriously enjoyable encounters but Reflections simply eclipses all that has come before so surely the time is ripe for MiXE1 to be embroiled in the attention and success their music if not before now definitely deserves.

Reflections is out August 9th with pre-ordering available now @ https://mixe1.bandcamp.com/album/reflections

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Pete RingMaster 23/07/2019

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MACHINE ROX,THE FORMIDABLE INDUSTRIAL METALISTS UNLEASH NEW VIDEO!

Machine Rox

Bred through the carnivorous creative hunger of founder Richard K, British industrial metallers Machine Rox provide an irrepressible resistance-proof contagion striving to persistently ignite the senses. Since their formation in 2007, the band has sculpted a merger of metal and electro rock which rampages whilst pushing the boundaries of band and genre. Machine Rox now tear open the envelope even further with their stunning new video single.

Check it out at

‘Lost My Mind’ – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZOjy7Lo4tM .

Machine Rox began as the solo project of musician/songwriter Richard K, ignited by his rich experiences and adventures from being part of industrial metallers Meat Machine and Global Noise Attack, with whom he shared stages with the likes of Rammstein, Napalm Death, and Covenant. The project grew with the addition of band member Aga in 2010, her unique backing vocals and keyboard seduction adding a new potency which took the well-received strengths of the band’s first two EPs to new commanding heights with the “Driven” EP. The recruitment of guitarist Valerian Oproiu and drummer Nuj Farrow in 2012 saw the quartet concentrating on lighting up the live arena, which they did to wide acclaim and with accomplished delivery through festival appearances and national shows. 2013 became Machine Rox’s strongest and most successful year to date as the foursome signed to Static Distortion Records and unleashed the voraciously received EP “Activate Your Anger ” and debut album “Shout”. With the recent “Intox” EP, a new toxicity rose to the surface of the band’s ever evolving and refining sound. Now with the band’s sophomore album “Next Level”, which is unveiled this September, the quartet have crafted a colossal record that is poised to break the mould. From the engaging synth work and anthemic pounding guile of the new video single ‘Lost My Mind, to the texturing and progressive groovage of ‘Illusion’, through to the hard-hitting beatings of ‘You Belong To Me’, this is a record that should not be overlooked.

Now with a hefty fanbase in tow, nearly 10,000 likes on Facebook, a killer new album, a host of festival appearances and a spanking new video single, there’s nothing stopping the band.

MACHINE ROX LIVE:

Saturday 11 October – DARK7 festival at The Electrowerkz, London;

Sunday 2 November – Cesspit Club, Sheffield.

www.machinerox.com     https://www.facebook.com/machinerox

Opening new episodes: an interview with Richard K of Machine Rox

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   Originally the solo project of Richard K, Machine Rox has increasingly and persistently created a fiery and attention grabbing mix of metal and electro rock which is never afraid to push at and venture outside of its creative confines. Through a host of EPs and debut album Shout, the band has evolved and honed their consistently provocative sounds into a formidable and contagious incitement, none more so potently than on the stirring Activate your anger EP. Next month sees the unleashing of second album Next Level, a release which pushes and expands the bands ingenuity and sound to even more imposingly magnetic and intriguing levels. Ahead of its unveiling we took the opportunity to catch time with Richard K to explore the upcoming release as well as look at the beginnings of the band, its evolution from a one man to a four piece project, and much more.

Hi Richard and thank you for sparing time to talk with us.

For those new to Machine Rox can you give some background to the early days of the band?

After years of playing in different Rock bands as bass player, guitar player and programmer, and having more or less some kind of success I had enough of the “Music Industry” bullshit and I actually stopped playing music for few years before I started MACHINE ROX as an Electro- Industrial solo project when I discovered MySpace 🙂

What inspired the band name?

It was a statement basically saying that machines and electronic music could rock as hard as guitars oriented bands.

The change from a solo project to a full band line-up has not been a swift transition compared to other projects Was this intentional to take it slow and recruit as your music decided or just how things evolved?

It just the way things and the music evolved. There was no precise plan behind it; every time I recruited someone it just felt right. I recruited Aga on backing vocals and keyboard when I felt it would be cool to add something new to the sound and then we took Nuj on drums for live shows and ended up adding more and more guitars so we took Val who contributed to a lot of guitar riffs in the songs.

I imagine it to be hard for a solo musician and begin letting others into something you once fully controlled, how have you found it as the band evolved?  MR

Yes it’s not easy to let people involved in something that is so close and personal to me but I have nothing against a bit of change and having other people ideas is a good thing if you want to evolve. Saying this I still have a lot of control in MACHINE ROX and I have my whip with me constantly for members who wouldn’t follow my orders 🙂

No, not really. I’m quite open minded… if you go my way 🙂

How would you say your sound and the way you look at writing and composing songs has changed over time and through the growth in personnel?

The way of song writing is pretty much the same as when I started as a solo artist except that the others bring ideas, Aga contributes a lot in the songs structure and brings her own vocals and Val brings most of the guitars ideas now. Nuj hasn’t been involved much in the song writing and recording process but he will be in the next album we are starting working on.

The band is poised to release its new album Next Level, what are the emotions and thoughts before its impending unveiling?

Personally I think it’s the best album we’ve done so far and I really hope that people will take time to listen.

Your sound has always explored a rich merger of metal and electro rock, pushing its and your boundaries and it is fair to say Next Level is no exception?

Yes Electro-Rock Metal-Industrial is our sound. That’s what we feel like playing today. Maybe tomorrow will be different

 

The album arguably leans on the more electro and industrial side of your exploration than certainly the previous album Shout. How do you see its direction in comparison from the inside?

I always try to find the right balance between Electro and Rock/Metal so it’s difficult for me to say it’s more Electro or more Rock. Some songs sound more Electro and some more Rock. What I want or try to do is to make a diverse and varied album with different moods and beats and sounds. I don’t want to bore people with an album where all the songs would sound the same. I would say that Next Level got more Metal elements than the albums before and I guess that’s coming mainly from Val’s guitar playing which is Metal.

Since those first outings as a band how would you describe the growth and evolution in your sound overall?

We are definitely going for a more Rock/Metal sound. I think in the future there will be less and less Electro in our sound but well you never know.

a2738925395_2Tell us about the recording of Next Level, did you approach it any differently to previous releases?

The recording process has been the same as the previous releases (except the Intox EP that has been recorded in a studio in Germany), in my recording studio.

There is a healthy DIY essence and honesty to the album…

Yes I’m mister DIY J I finance my band, I record my band, I release our music and I organize most of our gigs. It’s not always easy but you learn and learn from your mistakes. And at least I know where the money goes ha, ha! And about honesty, well I don’t think you can find a more honest guy in the music industry than me and my honesty is reflecting in my songs. Like it or not but you can be sure there’s no bullshit in those songs.

From the album title and new inventive breath of the songs, Next Level feels like a new distinct chapter in the journey of Machine Rox, is that how you feel about it?

Yes it’s exactly what I feel. I think it’s a turning point for us, a new chapter. The beginning of great things to come I hope.

I have always felt there is an intimacy to your songs, a personal element of you which fuels their anger, spirit etc. and certainly Next Level is no exception. So how close to heart emotionally are songs and their lyrical inspirations?

Well, lyrically it’s very personal and intimate of what’s going on in my head. I don’t hold back, tell the truth and release all my emotions. I’m not trying to sell some washing powder product or say “buy my album” here; I’m spilling my guts out no matter what!

Was there a broad input across the band into the creation of the album and how does the writing generally come about with songs?

I write the first draft of a song which is 70% of the finished song then I play it to the others and Aga and Val bring their input into the song. Nuj hasn’t been involved yet in the writing process but we are planning to change this in the next album. The thing is this is the fastest and easiest way to write songs. It’s very difficult to put 4 people regularly in a room to write something because everybody got their own life, their jobs and other commitments.

Next Level hints at varied spices of inspirations and listening to albums and EPs over time you sense your tastes are varied and wide. What are the major inspirations to your music and simply being a musician?

My inspiration and song-writing is varied because I have been listening to a lot of different styles of rock music over the years so I guess some of this music stayed in me. Traditional 60’s Rock, 70’s Rock progressive and Metal, 80’s Alternative and Goth, 90’s Grunge and Industrial + on top of all this Electronic music. I was even into soundtrack at some point. I did a 2 years course on writing music to pictures and films and I have a diploma to prove it 🙂 + I released a few Electro-House tracks for a Dance label. So if you put all that in a pot and stir it you’ve got Richard K music.

What comes next for the band after the unleashing on Next Level?MR3

We have some very exciting gigs coming up in Manchester and London with Deadcell, the DARK7 festival in October; plus we are headlining the Cesspit in Sheffield and the ORKZ bar in Holland in November.

Thanks again for chatting with us, any last thoughts?

No problem you’re welcome. I just want to thank all the people who are supporting us, I really appreciate it!

And finally give us a sales pitch straight from the horse’s mouth for Next Level 🙂

Sales? What sales? Are bands selling music these days? 🙂 I’ll be happy if we can match our EP Activate your anger sales which was sold out with few hundreds copies of the CD sold (sorry I lost count about Downloads). Anyway if anyone wants to buy Next Level they can find it for download on all Digital Stores and on CD on our official website www.machinerox.com

http://machinerox.bandcamp.com

The review of Next Level coming soon…

Pete Ringmaster

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