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Album Review

England's Biomechanical are unapologetic purveyors of '80s-style power metal, the sort of music that serves primarily as a showcase for the singer's castrato wail (in fact, John K sounds startlingly similar to Judas Priest's Rob Halford at the top of his range) and the guitarists' showoff demonstrations of their ability to play extremely tricky riffs very, very fast indeed. In 1984, this lot would be just another set of Yngwie Malmsteen disciples, but in 2005, they're like the metal equivalent of the Strokes or Yeah Yeah Yeahs: the fact that they're tackling what had been such a completely unfashionable sound makes them, perversely, incredibly cool. "Relinquished Destiny" and "Long Time Dead" even skirt close to power ballad territory, but that's nothing compared to the closing four-part mini-opera "Absolution," which brings in the massed orchestral voices and symphonic synthesizers for a full-on 12-minute re-creation of the likes of Queensrÿche. All hail the retro-metal kings and go out in search for some ripped acid-washed jeans and a billowy Union Jack sleeveless T-shirt.

Biography

Formed: Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Although they are fronted by Greek vocalist and keyboardist John K. (also known for his work with Balance of Power), progressive metal band Biomechanical are based in England, where their leader recruited original henchmen Jamie Hunt and Chris Webb (guitars), Jon Collins (bassist), and Matt C (drums) at the start of the new millennium. And in contradiction to their industrial music-leaning name, ensuing albums like 2002's Eight Moons and 2005's The Empires of the Worlds featured an extremely violent...
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