“We traditionally write a lot of riffs around drum patterns and rhythms that Jimmie (drummer) comes up with,” explains the guitar duo of Mike Laurino and Jay Hannon. “‘With Look What I’ve Become,’ we built the song around the guitars, then Jimmie put his stamp on it and made it sound like GIZMACHI.”
In addition to Björn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork, who lends his vocal skills to the entire album, “Look What I’ve Become” also features an appearance by one of Hannon’s longtime guitar heroes, Larry Mitchell, who has released numerous solo records in addition to working with Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé.
“Normally our songs are a bit longer with a more complex structure,” Laurino says. “Once we had the early blueprint for ‘Look What I’ve Become,’ we felt like it needed to be a shorter, more to the point, guitar driven song.”
The “Look What I’ve Become” single is available now via all digital music providers at https://orcd.co/qpn1yy
Founded in 1996, GIZMACHI quickly gained popularity among the local Orange County, NY, hardcore/metal scene. The band caught the eyes and ears of Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and signed to his label, Big Orange Clown (a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records) for the release of their debut, The Imbuing, in 2005. From 2005-2006, GIZMACHI spent time on the road supporting The Imbuing, including high profile festivals such as Ozzfest and Rock AM Ring in Europe before going on an extended 16-year hiatus.
Fast forward to 2021 and the return of GIZMACHI with Omega Kaleid, scheduled for release on March 12, that showcases the group’s signature sound – a mixture of brutally melodic vocals, odd time signatures and epic guitar solos. The album’s genesis dates back to a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, which was followed by multiple setbacks, including recording and budget constraints and scheduling conflicts that ultimately led to a lineup change. GIZMACHI, however, blazed on, determined to fulfill their pledge and deliver new music. Without a vocalist for the record, GIZMACHI reached out to Strid, who accepted the band’s offer.
Omega Kaleid was produced and engineered by guitarist Jay Hannon and mixed by Mark Lewis (Devildriver, White Chapel, The Black Dahlia Murder).
Jay Hannon – Guitars
Mike Laurino – Guitars/Vocals
Kris Gilmore – Bass
Jimmie Hatcher – Drums
Björn Strid – Vocals