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Screamachine: Screamachine
Screamachine 2021 Self-titled Debut Album Art

Screamachine: Screamachine

Heavy/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

Screamachine is a new Italian metal band featuring veteran musicians from the country's vast metal underground including Stormlord, Kaledon, and Lunarsea. Clearly influenced by heavy metal's venerable past and peers such as udas Priest, Iced Earth, and Accept among others, the quintet offers their self-titled debut album on the Frontiers Music label. Additionally, the new album features guest appearance by four of Italy's best metal guitarists: Simone Mularoni (DGM), Massimiliano Pagliuso (Novembre), Andrea Angelini (Stormlord), and Francesco Mattei (Noveria).

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Screamachine

Between the band name, band photo, and album art, the listener can deduce that Screamachine plays traditional heavy power metal in a modern context. Their metal is driven by twin guitar harmony, a galloping rhythm section to deliver the boom and groove, ambitious and bristling guitar solos, and pitched traditional metal vocals. Indeed, vocalist Valerio Caricchio puts the scream into their band name with his assertive screamo vocals which are nearly unintelligilbe. But an Italian fellow attempting to sing in English is always a challenge. He could be screaming about the measurements of the latest Playboy Playmate and we'd never know the difference. Caricchio is no student of Rob Halford when it comes enunciation and clarity.

Nevertheless, for a modern interpretation of classic heavy/power metal, Screamachine is the real deal. The metal music is the thing. The driving rhythm section combined with the brilliant twin guitar work and mammoth leads are what makes Screamachine's debut album a worthy listen. In other words, Screamachine's metal is hard and heavy, fast and bombastic and, with the killer guitar solos, rather killer heavy metal. Songs of personal note include Mistress of Disaster, 52hz, Silver Fever, Scream Machine, and The Metal Monster, a perfect example of the unintelligible screamo vocals.

All in all, if you're a fan of traditional heavy metal made current, Screamachine's debut album should be on your short list for hard and heavy, fast and ambitious, metal mayhem.




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The Bottom Line

All in all, if you're a fan of traditional heavy metal made current, Screamachine's debut album should be on your short list for hard and heavy, fast and ambitious, metal mayhem.

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