Biomechanical at Rockin' field festival, Milan, Italy (26 July 2008)
|Origin||Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Progressive metal, groove metal|
|Years active||1999–On Hiatus|
|Associated acts||Balance of Power, Dragonforce|
Biomechanical are a progressive groove metal band from London, UK. Biomechanical’s existence started back in April 1999 by the founding member John K who wrote, recorded and arranged all of the music, with the exception of the songs ‘Existenz’ and ‘Survival’ which were co-written by Chris Webb and Jamie Hunt respectively. The lyrics were written by Adam Rose (Eight Moons) and John K & Jon Collins (Empires of the worlds & Cannibalised).
Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.
Groove metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. Music journalists and fans have used groove metal to describe Pantera, Exhorder and Machine Head. At its core, groove metal takes the intensity and sonic qualities of thrash metal and plays them at mid-tempo, with most bands making only occasional forays into fast tempo.
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Biomechanical started as a lifelong goal for singer/songwriter John K who envisioned connected concept albums telling a unified narrative. The albums were released as Eight Moons , The Empires of the Worlds and Cannibalised .
A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. The exact criterion for a "concept album" varies among critics, with no discernible consensus.
Eight Moons is the debut album of the British metal band Biomechanical. It was released by Revolver (UK)
The Empires Of The Worlds is the follow-up album to Eight Moons, and is the second album from the British metal band Biomechanical. It was released in 2005 on Earache Records
After the release of 'Eight Moons' via Revolver Records the owner of Elitist Records Lee Barrett approached Biomechanical and after negotiations, all parties agreed and signed with Earache/Elitist records on 3 September 2004.
Biomechanical toured Europe with Decapitated, Stampin Ground, Exodus, 3 Inches Of Blood and opened for Shadow’s Fall and Nevermore for the promotion of the band’s second album The Empires of the Worlds which was produced by Andy Sneap.
John K wrote the third installment titled ‘Cannibalised’ in 2006/7 and also like the last two albums, he engineered the recordings. Legendary Grammy Award Nominee, Judas Priest producer Chris Tsangarides took the production duties and mixed the album in the summer of 2007. The mastering took place at the 'Close to the Edge Studios' and was done by Jon Ashley. The cover was designed by Nat Jones. Cannibalised was released in February 2008.
The band is on hiatus with no current plans to release new material.
Frontman/singer John K. lists his/their influences as such:
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|Title||Date of release||Label|
|Eight Moons||7 October 2003||Revolver Records|
|The Empires of the Worlds||9 August 2005||Earache Records|
|Cannibalised||26 February 2008||Earache Records|
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