Big Heart Machine, our now via Outside In Music, is shot through with the invigorating intensity of bands like Meshuggah, Megadeth, Dream Theater and Rush as well as the boundary-defying experimentation of composers such as Olivier Messiaen and Gyorgy Ligeti. Krock’s tastes obviously run to the challenging, even as his compositions maintain a refreshing balance between explosive aggression and memorably anthemic melodicism.
“As a kid, I was obsessed with progressive rock and heavy metal,” Krock says. “So inevitably that influence seeps into my playing and my writing. There’s a lot of brutal noise and straight-up shredding guitar on this record, but there’s a million different influences. My goal is to find a way to organically fuse all these things without it being forced.”
While the name of his imposing ensemble suggests its pulse-racing effect on the listener, Krock says that it also serves as a description of the spirit shared – and communicated – by each member of the stellar band.