James Murphy

Feeding the Machine (Shrapnel Records)
Enslain Magazine Issue #6
Order Issue #6!  This review included. This album shocked me, to put it mildly. I've heard many solo albums, and know of the general formula that I have come to expect of these releases. Over production, lack of vocals, and over-showiness come to mind. "Feeding the Machine" was nothing like your common guitar solo-ist's album. Though more progressive than Murphy's other projects (Testament/Disincarnate), it still has the necessary drive mixed in with the harmony to deliver a more powerful sound. It also has more of a "band" sort of sound, rather than a solo project, due to drum, bass and vocal elements shining as well as that of the guitarwork. Clark Brown's (vocalist for Geezer) vocal work adds all too well to the tracks "Feeding The Machine" and "Deconstruct", as does Chuck Billy's vocals on "No One Can Tell You." Many other guest appearances liven up this CD as well. Of course, no one deserves more credit than Murphy himself, whose talent to work with any musicians and musical genre is displayed in this worthy release. -- Lady Enslain