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Portland stoner rockers Ape Machine throw a bunch of heavy rock and stoner influences in a blender on Darker Seas, and the end result is a catchy collection of heavy rock tunes that has something for just about everybody. From the shimmering, acoustic picking and soft vocals of “Nocturne in D Flat” to the bluesy, almost doomy, heaviness of “All Hands To The Mast, We’re Going Down” to the emotive soloiong throughout Darker Seas, Ape Machine are comfortable darting around the spectrum without forcing it.
“Darker Seas is a culmination of life events and different musical influences all fused into love and rage,” guitarist Ian Watts muses. “I think all of us would be in dark places, if it weren’t for the music we make. So this album, for us, was born more of necessity than sport. Musically, it’s the ApeMachine blend of heavy, progressive, soulful and melodic music with the addition of new twists that we’ve learned along the paths of our journey.”
Portland, OR power rock band, Ape Machine, will release its new LP, Darker Seas, on September 7 via Ripple Music. The group’s fifth and latest album was recorded with punk legend Steve Hanford, producer and former Poison Idea drummer, who has since joined Ape Machine on drums. Darker Seas is described by the band as “heavier and more progressive than previous records but also more structured and cinematic.”
Along with fellow Portland, OR-based heavyweights Red Fang and Danava, the high-powered quartet Ape Machine has been making its modern take on vintage hard rock for the better part of the past decade. Formed by singer Caleb Heinze and guitarist Ian Watts, the group self-released their first album, entitled This House Has Been Condemned, in 2010. The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment.
The making of the new album, Darker Seas, saw the band experience death and rebirth in more ways than one. During the making of the record, Caleb and Ian lost a mother and father respectively, and Brian experienced the birth of his first child, a son. The band went nearly bankrupt from relentless touring and untimely vehicle failures, but ultimately developed an unshakable determination and resolve to deliver the message of the music. Musically, Darker Seas reflects the personal struggles of the band and its members but also the patience developed by living through it all.
“Sonically, ‘Darker Seas’ takes on new territory for the band with use of vocal harmonies, melodic guitar harmonies and even some Cello on “Nocturne in D Flat (The Jester),” says Watts. “The songs paint a picture of trial, hardship, pain and optimism all at the same time.”
01. Damned, Their Bones
02. Into The Shredder
03. Piper’s Rats
04. Watch What You Say
05. The Fall
06. Nocturne in D Flat (The Jester)
07. The Contract
08. All Hands Gathered To The Mast, We’re Going Down
09. Bend Your Knee
10. Push It Away
11. A Many Things
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