CD review THE END: machine ‘The End Machine’

(7/10) If ¾ of the iconic Dokken line-up of the ‘Under Lock and Key’ album reunites to work on a new album, the assumption of new Dokken-kind of longplayer isn’t totally off the radar. George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown, these are the three guys that regrouped to a project called ‘The End; machine’. The trio found with Warrant front man Robert Mason a great singer and it’s this four-piece band being responsible for a first album that comes through Frontiers Music.

Now, coming back to the theory of the guys releasing a potential Dokken-sound album, it’s a wrong assumption. Instead of focusing on a revival of Dokken’s heydays the quartet is more into hardrock that partly rooted in the 70’s and ‘80s.

The self-titled album comes with eleven songs of good old fashioned hardrock and I think the term ‘rock solid’ describes best what this album is about. The sound of the record reminds more of some Lynch Mob material than of melodic metal a la Dokken and it’s rockers like the uptempo ‘Ride It’ that are a real treat for your ears. It’s not that you hear music you never heard in such a way before, but it’s the musical abilities and experience these guys bring to the table, that makes ‘The End Machine’ to a grooving Hard Rock record. It’s a good and positive vibe that comes with it, making the upcoming spring season even more colorful.

Summary: The End: machine is no Dokken-clone. ‘The End: machine’ is a cool Hard Rock album. The End Machine rocks and The End: machine is timeless rock’n’roll that never dies.


(7/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Leap Of Faith
  2. Hold Me Down
  3. No Game
  4. Bulletproof
  5. Ride It
  6. Burn the Truth
  7. Hard Road
  8. Alive Today
  9. Line of Division
  10. Sleeping Voices
  11. Life Is Love Is Music

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 22nd, 2019

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