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Kyrbgrinder

Chronicles of a Dark Machine

Review by Gary Hill

This is a power trio from the UK. They remind me of Living Colour quite a bit. King’s X is another valid reference point. This is very much metal, though. That makes it rock harder and heavier than either of those bands.

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Track by Track Review
Slipping Away

This is definitely modern metal. It’s high energy and pretty catchy. There is a great heavy crunch at play here. In some ways the vocal arrangement reminds me a bit of Living Colour.

Captain America
The general musical concept isn’t really changed here. I love this smoking hot tune, though. The chorus is extremely melodic, really.
Kill Them All
More purely metal, this thing really rocks. It’s definitely got a lot of that Living Colour vibe, though. I love the soaring melodic guitar solo.
Egocentric Suicide
In some ways this takes us some definite new directions. There are some technical metal movements here. This is screaming hot, but also very complex. It’s one of my favorites pieces of the disc.
Oxygen
Although this isn’t a big change from the format, it’s another screaming hot tune. There are some mellow moments here, though, that do represent definite variety.
Taking Control
The instrumental section on this piece is awesome. That’s particularly true of the guitar solo. In some ways I’m reminded of a heavier King’s X here.
I Know Why
If the last song made me think of King’s X, this one really does. It’s like a cross between modern metal, King’s X and Living Colour. It has a great groove and some catchy hooks.
I Feel Blue
There are some epic metal elements here. Still, it grooves in similar ways as the rest of the disc.
Take Your Soul
This really screams. The instrumental section on this is a big change. There are some female vocals, too.
Chronicles of a Dark Machine
The title track is a melodic metal instrumental. It’s cool cut and a big change.
 
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