San Francisco, United States of America
Machine Called Man is a San Francisco-based band committed to creating genre-defying music and pushing the stylistic boundaries of modern metal. With a focus on musical integrity, intelligence and technical prowess, the band melds aspects of Progressive Rock and Death Metal to create a unique and dynamic form of music and textures. Guitarist Paul Thuriot (Jungle Rot, Ill Earth) and singer Norman Skinner (Tramontane, Imagika) met in San Francisco in 2001 and began searching for players to complete a new project. Walter Masenkoff (Tramontane, Laaz Rockit) was contacted through ties to Skinner from their previous band Tramontane and joined shortly after. In 2002, the band completed their first lineup with the addition of Alex Sheldon on bass (Devoid), and Scott Bullerwell( Mind Furniture) as a second rhythm/lead guitarist. The band headed straight into the studio to record their first self–titled demo. Released in Sept. of 2002, the eight song demo caused a reaction in the underground scene and received praise from webzines and reviewers internationally. The shows played in support of this release in 2002 and 2003 were also a success, with the band performing alongside notable acts such as Symphony X and Zero Hour. The remainder of 2003 saw the group re-working song arrangements in the studio. It was during this period that guitarist Scott Bullerwell exited the band and after an extensive search, was replaced by guitarist Manol Manolov. The band chose at this time to re-vamp and re-work most of the original 8 tracks that appeared on the original demo and also added 2 additional new tracks. After initially recording and mixing the album in their San Francisco studio, Machine Called Man contacted Netherlands-based mastering engineer Eddy "The San" Doorn to put the finishing touches on the new record and Machine Called Man's debut album '2.004' was officially released to the public in December of 2004. The album went on to be well received within the Bay Area metal community and internationally. Following the release of ‘2.004’, Drummer Walter Masenkoff parted ways with the group due to directional differences and the rest of 2005 saw individuals in the band on hiatus due to different personal reasons. Initial writing of new material for the follow up release would not begin until the later stages of 2006. March of 2007 saw the band return to the studio to begin work on new material with a new and talented drummer joining the ranks. With Ramon Ochoa (Total Eclipse, Down Factor) anchoring and solidifying the band’s lineup, Machine Called Man made their return to the live show circuit and exposed new listeners to their original and evolving sound. 2008 saw the departure of Alex Sheldon as the band's bassist. He was replaced by Elena Luciano (ex-Imagika). The addition of keyboardist/vocalist Tara Thuriot also added new dimension to the band's sound. Throughoput the end of 2008 a number of successful shows were played in the Bay Area. Since, a new album, to be released in 2009, has been in the works. The new material takes on a darker, more experimental vibe while retaining the spirit of the original recordings and remaining every bit worthy of the Machine Called Man moniker. Machine Called Man is confident that 2009 will be a great year for the band. The evolution continues………………..
'2.004' - Full-length - 2005 'The Dark Design' - Demo - 2008 'The Dark Design' - Full-length - coming soon in 2009
Paul Thuriot - Guitars, Programming, Synth Manol Manolov - Guitars, Programming Ramon Ochoa - Drums Elena Luciano - Bass Tara Thuriot - Keyboards, Vocals
Metal, Progressive, Death Metal