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The End Machine: Phase 2
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The End Machine: Phase 2

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Refreshing our collective memories, The End Machine is the Frontiers Music project that features ex-Dokken members George Lynch (g) and Jeff Pilson (b,k,bgvs), with Warrant/Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason at the microphone. They're debut album, The End Machine, arrived in 2018 with ex-Dokken member Mick Brown on drums, but now retired. For their second effort, aptly titled Phase 2, Mick's brother Steve takes his place on the skins.

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Essentially, as with the previous album The End Machine exists as a platform for the Lynch/Pilson songwriting team with Lynch's experienced guitar work at the forefront. Once more you can expect and enjoy classic, guitar-forward, melodic hard rock with a dash of keyboards, abundant rhythm and groove, catchy refrains, and clean vocals and vocal harmony. Because Lynch handles the fret work, you can also expect to hear some blues moves in some songs. This is self-evident within We Walk Alone, Scars, and Devil's playground. Otherwise, you'll find some faster, heavier guitar hard rock with Blood And Money, Shine Your Light, and Crack The Sky. A stand out, and favorite, song is Plastic Heroes which turns upon an upbeat AOR-like groove, strong vocal arrangement, and several fine breakout guitar solos.

All in all, and once more, The End Machine's Phase 2 offers listeners another well-crafted and entertaining record of guitar-forward, blues-infused, classic melodic hard rock, featuring George Lynch's talented fret work. Recommended.




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The Bottom Line

Once more, The End Machine's Phase 2 offers listeners another well-crafted and entertaining record of guitar-forward, blues-infused, classic melodic hard rock, featuring George Lynch's talented fret work. Recommended.

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