"Demo" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Wild Machine hail from Athens, Greece and originally formed way back in 2000 as War Machine (taken from the KISS song of the same name). They went through various line-up changes and eventually a name change as well. This three track demo by this hard rock/glam outfit was recorded live in the studio. 

My initial impression is that sounds like late 70s AC/DC as funneled through 80s acts like Krokus, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and maybe a dash of early Skid Row tossed in for good measure. The music is basic, but revolves around strong grooves and a real sense that the band is in the driverís seat. 

Yes, I have heard this style many times before yet where Wild Machine really excels is in how they take charge of the pace and twist it to their strengths. Many bands playing this same of music just charge forth, peak early and then clock in three and a half or so minutes and stop. Wild Machine head off in that direction but, instead of falling into being repetitive, they actually even get more interesting several minutes in as they add as they change up the pace or save their most interesting guitar parts towards the end. 

The rip-roaring solos and strong push at the end of each song gave me the sense that they had a lot of ideas and just really knew how to keep the songs pounding and keep their pulse going strong to the finish. The vocals were rough and gritty which was a perfect union for the music. 

Really the only problem I had with this demo was the production on the vocals. I had to go jump through three CD players and twist and flick numerous switches to get to a point where I could really hear the vocals fairly well. Thatís a shame because they are very much a big part of this bandís appeal. Still Wild Machine took rather standard ideas and beefed them up with a commendable execution and a nice degree of style.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/wildmachine

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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