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Saviour Machine

In the beginning (1989 - 1993)
Saviour Machine was formed by brothers Eric and Jeff Clayton in the summer of 1989. The band took its name from a song on the David Bowie album The Man Who Sold the World. Saviour Machine recorded and released their first demos in 1990. A theatrical stage show featuring pyrotechnics, images projected onto a background screen and other props attracted a growing fan base in Southern California.

In 1993, Saviour Machine signed with Frontline Records, a Christian rock record label, and released their first full-length album under the Intense Records imprint, Saviour Machine I. The album's lyrics deal with personal experiences, observations, and the spiritual struggle to maintain faith through the darkest periods of life. Additional content is specifically based on scriptures found in the Book of Revelation. Other portions are surreal and sometimes confrontational, dealing with political and social statements, structures and powers. Musically, the band had developed a guitar-driven rock music sound, featuring melodic riffs and extensive solos from Jeff Clayton.

Despite critical acclaim from the secular press and a growing number of fans nationwide, people in some Christian circles felt threatened by Saviour Machine's bold lyrical direction and stylized stage presentation, most prominently the white make-up and jewel worn by vocalist Eric Clayton. During a 1993 tour with Christian rock band Deliverance, the controversy spilled over at a concert at the New Union, a Christian music club in Minneapolis. Several songs into their set, the power was cut and the performers were ushered from the stage. This was followed by an announcement from New Union management stating they were uncomfortable with the content of the show. However, many in the crowd gathered with band members at a local restaurant to show their continued support.


The band played on (1994 - 1996)
Confusion and political upheaval at Frontline Records led to less-than-ideal conditions for the recording of the band's next album in 1994, Saviour Machine II. The lyrical content of Saviour Machine II was based largely on the controversy of the previous year, down to the closing line: Do you see the light of the Saviour inside this Machine? Musically, the addition of pianist Nathan Van Hala resulted in a classical music-based sound. Many songs featured piano compositions and keyboard orchestration.

With the release of Saviour Machine II the band began to pursue new representation. A tremendous following had developed in Europe, particularly in Germany. This led to the formation of MCM Music, an independent label for all Saviour Machine projects, by vocalist Eric Clayton and his European management team. The band also secured a distribution deal with Massacre Records. Saviour Machine was given full creative control on all future projects, ensuring the integrity and credibility the band had sought to achieve.

Multiple tours of Europe followed in 1995 and 1996. During a 1995 performance at Owen Teck Rocknight, a Christian music festival in Owen, Germany, Saviour Machine recorded their first live album. Live in Deutschland, released in 1995, featured selections from Saviour Machine I and Saviour Machine II.


The Legend trilogy (1997 - 2006)
Saviour Machine next turned to the most ambitious project they had ever undertaken, the Legend trilogy. Legend consists of the most exhaustive study of end-time Biblical prophecy ever set to music. As such, it has been dubbed "the unofficial soundtrack to the end of the world" in promotional materials. The Legend trilogy comprises four full-length CDs totaling more than five hours of music. Legend I and Legend II were released in 1997 and 1998, respectively. Legend III:I was released in 2001 at the Cornerstone Festival. The long-awaited final disc, Legend III:II, has had numerous production delays but a 2006 release is planned.

All lyrical content is based on the Book of Revelation and other Biblical prophecy. Musically, the Legend albums showcase a further refinement of Saviour Machine's rock and classical music style. Complex orchestral arrangements, sampling, and live choirs give the entire project a movie soundtrack or rock opera feel.

Saviour Machine has performed a limited number of concerts in the USA, Germany and Mexico City since undertaking the Legend trilogy. A second live album was released in 2002, again featuring a performance from Owen Teck Rocknight in Owen, Germany. Live in Deutschland 2002 featured selections from Legend I, Legend II and Legend III:I.


It is finished...
Eric Clayton has repeatedly stated that Saviour Machine's work will end upon the completion of the Legend trilogy. Fans have long hoped for a farewell tour and one final concert in Israel, where Saviour Machine would perform the entire trilogy in sequence.

Also visit them at myspace.com/saviourmachine

Genres:
Gothic, Metal
From:
USA
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