Progressive metal has a new rising star in Living Machines with the release of their most recent single and video, “Harvest.” The sci-fi-themed storytellers draw inspiration from their own fictional universe, Gemini, the story of which unfolds in their songs and in the graphic novel that accompanies their upcoming album II: Inferius.
The Teaghan McGinnis-directed video for “Harvest” premiered through
The New Fury on September 17, with the publication adding that “Living Machines are a band that seems to be gifted beyond their years.”
Living Machines’ latest single “Harvest” balances Between the Buried and Me-style technical prowess with chugging low-end grooves and a strong sense of melody that will appeal equally to fans of Architects and Dance Gavin Dance!
All of Living Machines’ music exists in the Gemini universe, one that is told through music and graphic novels accompanying each release a la Coheed and Cambria. The band explains the significance of Gemini and its influence on II: Inferius.
“‘Harvest’ was a pretty big step forward for everyone in Living Machines, both musically and professionally,” explains drummer/vocalist Quinn McGraw. “I wrote most of the instrumentals for I: After Onyx myself, so having everyone involved in the writing process was fairly new territory for us. With Robin and Mason handling virtually all of the riff writing on II: Inferius and our new vocalist Ryan bringing a lot of vocal variety to the table, we knew we’d craft a sound that was notably different from our first EP: sinister, more aggressive, yet keeping the melodic aspects of the story-telling hooks alive. I feel that the darker tone of these songs is in some ways a reflection of us working through our lineup change and searching for a sense of stability. I’m really grateful for how pivotal the guys have been in bringing this next chapter of Gemini to life in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible.
“As far as the story goes, ‘Harvest’ is the first part of the main story-arc for Gemini (taking place roughly 40 years after The Great Collision). Our first EP serves as a prologue and was mostly written to establish the world, introduce the alien race that coexists with humanity (the Aluna) and a pair of key characters. Now that the world has been built, we dive head first into a new tale that will span our next 5-6 albums. I’m pumped that we’re finally getting right into the meat of the story!”