The founder of Maschine, Luke Machin, was already heard on The Tangents "Comm" and Andy Tillison's solo work "Murk". His band was originally called Concrete Lake and under this name was one of the surprises at the Summer's End Festival 2011. The side project founded in 2008 at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music became a permanent band, which now, renamed in Machine, presents their debut album. "Rubidium" seems much more mature than the youthfulness of the five protagonists would suggest. The nine songs reflect Machin's experiences with the Tangent-Zirkel. But the Rubidium style palette - with two guitarists, of course, in addition to various virtuoso solos - also contains many other ingredients such as jazz and fusion passages, retroprog complexity and progmetal hardness. This mixture drifts sometimes towards hard rock, sometimes towards symphonic playfulness and on top of that offers some appealing acoustic passages. What the whole thing lacks is recognition value. The band hasn't really found their own style and sound yet.
Top track: Invincible