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One Machine: Acclaimed Nevermore, Forbidden Guitarist Plots Return With New Band

Jim Dunlop

Acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors) is getting ready to premiere his latest project, One Machine. Featuring a collection of international members Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary) on vocals, guitarist Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical), bassist Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed (Mnemic), and drummer Raphael Saini (Chaoswave), are currently finishing their debut album.

One Machine has already been offered European festival dates and expects to make their live debut this summer. Fans can check out a clip of the track “One Machine” below.

Listen to ‘One Machine’ Clip

A favorite player among metal guitar circles, Smyth had written a number of songs that he wanted to use outside of his other projects, but the challenge of finding the right members to bring them to life remained.

He found a more than capable shredding second guitarist in Jamie Hunt, and the two began collaborating on the material Smyth had. “Jamie’s playing complements mine extremely well, and we hit it off perfectly when we got together to work on the songs,” says Smyth.

A vocalist was found in the form of original Mercenary singer Mikkel Sandager. “When our former bands toured together, I got to witness night after night, exactly what Mikkel could do; deliver a solid performance with an incredible range, as well as multiple characters in his voice. He’s perfect for this band,” adds Smyth.

Smyth, Hunt, and Sandager then set about refining and shaping Smyth’s original material.

Drummer Raphael Saini, formerly of Italian progressive metallers Chaoswave, whose band Smyth had previously provided guest solos for, was next to join. In 2012, bassist Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed, formerly of Mnemic, came on board, adding his distinctive sound to the tracks. Smyth states, “Tomas is without a doubt one of the most solid bassists I’ve encountered in some time! He literally added an entirely new dimension to these songs that would not have been possible to be achieved without him.”

To learn more about One Machine, please visit www.feedtheonemachine.com.

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