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Band Of The Week (The Silencing Machine) 3.16.21

The Silencing Machine is the brainchild of adopted brothers Max Linstedt and Jeremiah Ray. Originally formed in 2016, they immediately set to work writing and discovering a sonic identity for their project. Max and Jeremiah's relationship goes back 23 years to when they met in 7th grade. Upon Jeremiah acquiring a bass they began playing together. Max would serve as both a teacher, friend, brother and sonic exploration partner from that point on.

After a prolonged separation in their 20's in which they would play with other notable bands, they came back together to pick up where they had left off. Drawing from their shared love of bands like Mastodon, At The Gates, Trivium, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and In Flames, they began to craft their sound. Over time, other elements were added: bits of jazz, some industrial and elements of power metal, this helped create a dynamic musical style with a heart of classic metal with progressive tendencies. After a long and frustrating two years of searching for a vocalist, they came upon Denee Weathers.

A talented young woman with an incredible vocal range. After her audition, she was quickly brought on and work on putting lyrics to the songs that were already written. She brought a whole new dimension to the sound. With roots in pop, jazz, post hardcore and punk, she brought a level of accessibility to the otherwise heady, heavy sounds. Still without a live drummer or second guitar, the trio decided to proceed anyway towards playing shows. Utilizing programmed drums and they hit stages. Quickly spotted as a very different kind of band, they began playing shows with the likes of The Convelesance, Haymaker, Cell and Cultus Black, they began winning over crowds with their unique sound. Then in June 2020 Micha Witherspoon was added on drums. Bringing influences from jazz, hard rock and classic metal, Micha's groove based approach brought the sound of the band together. Undefinable and unexpected, The Silencing Machine is truly one of a kind in metal music regards, Max Lindstedt Guitarist/Prodecer The Silencing Machine"

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