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The End Machine 'Phase 2' Album Review by JD Rich​

The End Machine

Phase 2

Frontiers Music s.r.l.

April 9, 2021

Album Review by JD Rich​

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Ah yes, spring has sprung, and vaccines are in full bloom. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate turning the corner than with some brand new stuff by a blast from the past (kind of). Enter The End Machine, with their recently released sophomore album Phase 2.​ 

For those unfamiliar with The End Machine, this hard rock band was born from hard rock royalty. Each musician’s resume is bursting at the seams, so I’ll make it short and sweet by saying the band features pieces of Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Warrant. We’ve got axe-master George Lynch as the lynchpin of the band (sorry, couldn’t resist inserting a groan-inducing pun there), followed by equally legendary bass player Jeff Pilson, and Robert Mason pulls up behind the mic with the tenacity of a pit bull. Rounding out the lineup is relative newcomer to The End Machine, Steve Brown, who happens to be the younger brother of former drummer Mick Brown (who retired mid-tour two years ago). The force is strong with this one. Unless I was hallucinating as a result of the vaccination side-effects, I was able to detect the genetic percussion tendencies between the Brown boys. It isn’t as if Steve was trying to emulate his big brother. He has his own style to contribute. But let’s face it...he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill, and he went above and beyond to prove his individuality and honor his roots simultaneously.

Phase 2 taps slightly deeper into vintage Dokken vibes while adeptly navigating today’s musical landscape. Longtime fans are rewarded with the kind of gusto they clamor for. The harder edge of the Lynch Mob sound delicately balances with a touch of glam rock from the days of Dokken, something veteran rockers and newcomers alike can appreciate. By no means is it necessary to be aware of the band’s pedigree. So much more is on tap to discover on this LP. There’s a whole lot of experience and raw energy bouncing off the walls, and it’s certainly put to good use. Whether in a straight-out hard rock track, a bluesy-rock track, or one of the more haunting soulful songs, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach. It’s more like “all-sizes-fit-all” when it comes to the scope of Phase 2.

Containing almost an hour of music, this wide net was cast to snag the attention of even the pickiest rock connoisseur. As far as I’m concerned, The End Machine accomplished that mission!

 

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