NY’s THE MACHINIST have released their sophomore album, All is Not Well, via Prosthetic Records. The extreme metal trio’s latest full length is a vicious amalgam of death metal and hardcore, tackling themes of political and social unrest as well as climate catastrophe. All is Not Well is available to order here.
Speaking on the All is Not Well premiere, the band comments: “We want to say thank you to our friends, family, our fans, everyone who helped us with this record, from the bottom of our hearts we are so thankful for you. We can’t wait to put this album out for you all, we have so much to say and we want to be heard. It has been a long couple of years but we are beyond excited to share this with you all.”
Three years on from their debut full length, Confidimus in Morte, and following US and Canadian tours alongside Falsifier and Black Tongue as well as US support slots with While She Sleeps and Vulvodynia respectively, the New York, NY trio have undergone a transformative process of upheaval. In the immediate wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that ravaged their homestate, THE MACHINIST found themselves at ground zero in New York in the early stages of All is Not Well’s creation. With a state of emergency declared, all studio work on the record ceased for an indeterminate time. In this universal limbo the groups core of Amanda Gjelaj (vocals), Josh Gomez (guitar) and Steve Ciorciari (drums) watched on in horror as 2020s political climate began to fall under the weight of itself alongside societal ills and the spread of rampant misinformation.
Resuming recording as the world tentatively took to recovery, THE MACHINIST teamed up with Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (Bad Wolves, ex-The Acacia Strain) to produce, mix and master their sophomore effort, with help from Ice Nine Kills’ Ricky Armellino for vocal tracking. The time spent in isolation and witnessing the horrors of police brutality (explored on PIG), inflammatory politics and minority communities coming to terms with loss sits restlessly within the marrow of All is Not Well’s lyrical themes. Sonically, Gomez’s penchant for converging both death metal brutality and intricate melodic metal and hardcore serves as a counterpart to All is Not Well’s excoriating kickback at a world in crisis.
THE MACHINIST’s latest effort finds the band embracing more melodious territory and refining their more expansive inclinations with Gjelaj’s vocal performance looming large as an anchoring force on the release’s nine tracks. Across All is Not Well’s 34 minute runtime, it’s plain to see that THE MACHINIST’s decade long existence has led to All is Not Well being the most conceptually and musically realised incarnation of the band yet.
Standing tall in 2022, THE MACHINIST discards solipsistic tunnel vision for a wider scope of the personal and political. All is Not Well refuses to resign in the face of the current climate’s ongoing political and personal divisions, opting instead to shine a light and give a platform for the chance of hope.
All is Not Well tracklist:
2. Mother Earth
3. All is Not Well
5. The Final Encounter
6. Death’s Embrace
7. Lysergic Lullaby
9. Letter in Red