With the alumni of Evanescence (John LeCompt and Rocky Gray) and Future Leaders of the World (Phil Taylor and Thad Ables), I fully expected this release to feature creative songwriting, musicianship, and overall an abundance of talent.  I am not disappointed in any way!

To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden is chock full of cool riffs and catchy choruses.  It is a very radio friendly , but don’t let that deter you.  Taylor’s voice does, at times, sound like Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley, and Nickelback’s Chad Kroger, but it only serves to prove he is a very talented vocalist.

“This Goodbye” is an acoustic and electric blend of awesomeness. The melodies and harmonies stand out, making it my favorite on the album. “Marie” is another cool, catchy tune with a chorus that sticks in your head. “Belladonna” is another stand out ballad, with violins that create an atmosphere of tranquility.

I really appreciate what Machina have done here.  The blend of understandable, intelligent lyrics and musicianship is pretty much flawless.

To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden is out now on Rogue Records America.

Rating: 4/5 stars


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