Artension's 2000 Shrapnel Records release, "Machine", marks the group's return to the heavy progressive sound of "Phoenix Rising" and once again showcases the musical virtuosity of founders Vitalij Kuprij (keyboards), Roger Staffelbach (guitar) and John West (vocals). Intense neo-classical ensemble sections and solo trade-offs augment some of the best progressive metal song writing in the genre. The guitar work is cutting edge, cleanly articulated and adds a perfect counterpoint to the incredible keyboard solos that Kuprij is known for. Superb songs, not just shred or chops, will set Artension's "Machine" apart from other heavily progressive CDs.
|05:07||Wings Of War||Vocal|
|04:53||Evolution In Reverse||Vocal|
|06:10||Time Goes Slowly By||Vocal|
|04:55||The Loser Never Wins||Vocal|
|06:20||I See Through Your Eyes||Vocal|
|Vitalij Kuprij||Keyboards, Production, Arrangements|
|Mark Rennick||Basic Track Engineering|
|Joe Marquez||Basic Track Engineering|
|Gene Cornelius||Engineering Assistance|
|James Murphy||Guit. and Keyboard Overdub Engineering, Mixing Assistance|
|Lonnie Park||Vocal Engineering|
|Dave Stephens||Graphic Design|
|Basic tracks recorded at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA.
Guitar and keyboard overdubs recorded at Sound Temple Studio, Oakland, CA.
Vocals recorded at Ultimate Studio, NY.
Mixed at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA.
Mastered at Spark, Emeryville, CA.