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Big Heart Machine


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Assembled with 19 stellar musicians and fueled by inspiration from eclectic extremes, Big Heart Machine is a musical engine designed to start the listener’s heart pounding and blood pumping.
Composer, saxophonist and bandleader Brian Krock summons the bracing power of heavy metal, the dizzying precision of progressive rock and the heady abstractions of contemporary classical music, conjuring an exhilaratingly original take on the power and complexity of the modern big band.
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.


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