Metal Machine: Free Nation-2014.

Metal Machine:Heavy Metal from Serbia.


Free NationFull-length2014


Omar CunaBass
See also: Appearance of Nothing
Mark CrossDrums
See also: God’s ArmyRezident ExVivaldi Metal Project (live), ex-The Supremacy, Tainted Nation, ex-At Vance, ex-Exorcism, ex-Firewind, ex-Helloween, ex-Nightfall, ex-Outloud, ex-Spitfire, ex-Tank, ex-Tower of Babel, ex-Frank Blackfire (live), ex-Scorpions (live), ex-Metalium, ex-Winters Bane, ex-Electric Eye, ex-Magna Carta
Peter BergerGuitars
See also: Crystal BallKillerTower of Babel, ex-Daydreamer, ex-Appearance of Nothing
Csaba ZvekanVocals (2009-present)
See also: ExorcismRaven LordTower of Babel, ex-Emergency, ex-Sardonyx, ex-Killing Machine, ex-Calling Toy, ex-Rough Angel, ex-Warpdrive

Past Members:

Vaggelis KarafotisDrums
See also: ExorcismVermillion Days, ex-Mandragore, Circus Veil, ex-Scorcher, ex-Serpent Lord (GR)
1.Skull and Bones04:45 
2.Nailed to the Cross04:14 
4.Morning Star05:44 
5.World of Temptation04:54 
7.Lord of War04:59 
8.Black Sun06:11 
9.Free Nation05:36 

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    “Free Nation”

    Album Review by Chris Palmer

    Last year was a busy year for Serbian Csaba Zvekan. Not being content with working on his solo project Zvekan, he took on vocal duties for the band Exorcism whilst also working on the debut album by the newly-formed Metal Machine. With Exorcism’s highly acclaimed album “I Am God” being released in 2014, you’d have thought that Csaba’s workload was full enough. To add to this Serbian’s love of all things heavy metal, Metal Machine’s “Free Nation” was then released in October 2014 … Busy man indeed!

    One of the joys of being passionate about heavy metal is that you get many opportunities to research and discover great bands, both old and new. So after being informed of Csaba Zvekan’s vocal abilities, I couldn’t resist the urge to listen and review this new album. Does it, however, meet my personal expectations of what makes a great heavy metal album?

    “Free Nation” is available on the Dream Records label and is promoted by Alex Wiesenaur’s Rock ‘N’ Growl company based in Germany. All vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, and additional rhythm guitars are recorded and edited by Csaba Zvekan. Guitars and drum programming were carried out by Pierre Andre Mougenot at his private studios in France. All music for the album was composed by Csaba and Pierre with Csaba also arranging all lyrics, melodies, and musical arrangements. Production of the album was also carried out by Csaba as was the mixing and mastering at Total Master Sound Studios in the Balearic Islands of Spain.

    The album itself consists of nine tracks spread over 47 minutes and 23 seconds. Album opener “Skull & Bones” starts proceedings with some high-pitched screaming vocals before some great riffs begin. This is followed by some brilliant shredding guitars. There’s a nice guitar solo around mid-point with a spoken word section followed by a gut-wrenching scream at 3:12. This is the catalyst for some excellent shredding guitar solos. There is so much going on throughout this opener that it takes you a while to get your head around it; the resemblance to Judas Priest is impressive. It is during this opening track that Csaba Zvekan’s vocals hit you full on. His vocals are insane and his range literally blew me away. Csaba’s style and range instantly reminds me of Rob Halford.

    “Nailed to the Cross” comes next with its great rhythm and good chorus sections. It has another great guitar solo at 2:35 and I really like the vocal style used throughout. Following this is “Detox”, which starts with a good riff that sets the track up nicely. This track consists of another good chorus as well as some good changes in tempo. However, there’s a section between 2:19-3:10 that has some good guitar-work but I find that the vocals tend to go on a bit during this part. I have nothing

    against Csaba and his style at all, but this section has you fighting the urge to skip to the next track … Resist the urge my friend, and don’t do it! The tempo changes back, thus finishing out the track perfectly. Next up is “Morning Star”. I have no shame in stating that this track is one of my favourites on the album! It is almost six minutes of heavy metal awesomeness! It consists of everything you’d want in a heavy metal tune … Fast shredding guitars, pummelling drums, and a vocal range that tears your head off. It’s a headbanger’s delight and instantly gets you shredding on that air-guitar.
    The heavy metal goodness continues with “World of Temptation” leaving you no respite. Like the previous track, this has some great shredding guitars that get you instantly headbanging again – To the detriment to your neck! It has another good guitar style as well as some good changes in tempo, rhythm, and vocal style. “Hellraiser” comes next. Dedicated to a lost friend of Csaba’s, it begins with nice guitar-work before chugging guitars accompanied by shredding guitar solos enter. The track has good chorus sections and is a non-stop “riff-a-thon”! You’re left with no time to breathe as “Lord of War” begins with the usual high-pitched vocals. It’s another beast of a tune with those beautiful riffs and shredding guitars.

    Penultimate track, “Black Sun” starts with some drums followed by slower-paced guitars. This track is more slower-paced than the rest of the album and is more ballad-like. It’s a good song with a mixture of low and high-pitched vocals and has a brilliant chorus. The section around 3:30 is great, with its chugging guitars and shredding solo. The guitars on this track are mesmerising, thus drawing you in whilst listening. Album closer “Free Nation” begins with an air-raid siren and spoken narrative before a guitar solo and great chugging riffs kick this track off. This track consists of everything that you’ve heard previously on the album and dips in volume towards the end, closing the album perfectly.

    With “Free Nation” you are treated to an onslaught of pure heavy metal that is performed with heart and soul. Csaba Zvekan’s screeching vocal delivery literally rips through your brain, shattering anything in sight. If this level of vocal ability can be maintained in a live environment, then Rob Halford may have a new threat to his title of the “Metal God”! Together with the high-pitch screams, thrashy riffs, powerful bass, and pummelling drums this band resonates and plays what they promise – Unadulterated traditional heavy metal. This album gets better with every listen and time flies when listening. In my opinion, “Free Nation” is phenomenal and deserves to sit proudly amongst any metal head’s album collection. The new Judas Priest has arrived!


    1. Skull & Bones

    2. Nailed to the Cross

    3. Detox

    4. Morning Star

    5. World of Temptation

    6. Hellraiser

    7. Lord of War

    8. Black Sun

    9. Free Nation


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