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Natural Born Machine: Human
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Natural Born Machine: Human

Melodic Heavy Rock
3.5/5.0

The origins of Natural Born Machine are simple and brief. Bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (BAD As, Vivaldi Metal Project, et al) formed the band in 2019. The band includes well-known vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69) with guitarist Alessio Tricarico (BAD As) and drummer Denis Novello (Ardityon). Currently signed to Germany's Pride & Joy Music, Human is Natural Born Machine's debut studio album.

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While I am more familiar with Mr Rigoni's earlier solo work, (Rebirth, Overloaded, Three Wise Monkeys, et al), which were mostly instrumental progressive rock, Natural Born Machine is a vocal melodic heavy rock project. Composed and led a bass player, expect the songs to have a heavy rhythm section with the arrangements propelled by his bass and significant rock groove. With little doubt, throughout the album Rigoni's bass lines are abundantly heard. After this most songs have strong guitar lines with sharp to rough riffs woven within, then finish with heavy to spry guitar solos. Curiously, the wild card in all this is Readman's vocal performance. Frankly, I've never heard him sound more gnarly and rough. The possible exception to this rule is Stone Man and, perhaps, A New Future.

So then, the bottom line is also rather brief and simple: Natural Born Machine plays hard and heavy rock, powered by Rigoni's bass lines, tempered by song melody, yet made rough and tumble by gruff, assertive vocals. Outside of A New Future, my personal favorite, other interesting songs include Moonchild, and Beast In The Dark with its clever midpoint breakdown featuring acoustic guitar over bass and drums. (That small segue reminded me more of Rigoni's rock fusion prog work.) That's a (very) short selection of notable songs. Yet it makes me wonder if Rigoni should not return to his instrumental progressive rock. Just musing out loud. Check out the video and see what you think.




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Natural Born Machine plays hard and heavy rock, powered by Rigoni's bass lines, tempered by song melody, yet made rough and tumble by gruff, assertive vocals.

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