• 8/10
    THE END MACHINE - Phase 2 - 8/10


Frontiers Music
Release date: April 9, 2021

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10.0:         Cannot be improved! Perfect, instant classic! Essential in any record collection.
9.5 – 9.9:  Fantastic, spectacular and outstanding!
9.0 – 9.4:  Amazing release! It just lacks that little extra spice to make it perfect.
8.5 – 8.9:  Exceptional release! Will likely rank among top ten albums of the year.
8.0 – 8.4:  Great release! It has many different qualities.
7.5 – 7.9:  Above average! It is an enjoyable release.
7.0 – 7.4:  It is not brilliant, but has many strong points.
6.0 – 6.9:  It has its moments, but is not that strong.
5.0 – 5.9:  Slightly above average, does not stand out. Good outweighs bad by just a little.
4.0 – 4.9:  Just below average, bad outweighs good by just a little.
3.0 – 3.9:  Mediocre. There might be a song or a performance that is enjoyable, but that is it.
2.0 – 2.9:  Very weak! There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, too many flaws.
1.0 – 1.9:  This release gives the word “terrible” new meaning.
0.1 – 0.9:  Awful! Avoid at all cost. There is nothing good to say about this release.


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The Backstory

Phase 2 is the second album by The End Machine. The group is comprised of Dokken alumni Jeff Pilson and George Lynch. Robert Mason of Warrant joins them. Former drummer “Wild” Mick Brown, also of Dokken, recently retired and is replaced in the band by his brother “Mild” Steve Brown (their words, not mine). This album follows their 2019 self-titled debut.

The Album

The opening track “Blood and Money” is a decent enough rock song, but it just doesn’t grab you like a great opener should. On the flip side, George Lynch gets more than ample time to lay down some sweet licks during the solo section. The driving beat and uniting chorus of “We Walk Alone” is powerful in its delivery. “Dark Divide” reflects the state of politics today with dark tones and the impassioned vocals of Robert Mason. ”Crack the Sky” is hands down the ‘money’ song on the album. It’s bluesy, raw, and full of melody and catchy hooks. It tackles how technology has taken over our lives.

“Prison or Paradise” comes in a close second to its predecessor. This one is tough to get out of your head. There’s a bit of some classic Dokken sprinkled in the there too. “Plastic Heroes” has a ‘70s vibe to it, especially with the harmonic a cappella lead in. “Scars” is a clean guitars driven ballad. The track builds with emotion. Jeff Pilson’s deep bass grooves lead the final track on the album “Devil’s Playground.”

The Verdict

Phase 2 is a definitely a step up from The End Machine’s debut album. It’s clear that the band has become more comfortable and aligned with their songwriting together. Some songs are just not on the same level as the great songs on the album. The lyrics are definitely pulled from the world around us right now, vocal melodies are spot on, and the guitar work is top notch. The End Machine just needs that little extra ‘something’ that comes with defining a band over time.



  1. The Rising
  2. Blood and Money
  3. We Walk Alone
  4. Dark Divide
  5. Crack The Sky
  6. Prison of Paradise
  7. Plastic Heroes
  8. Scars
  9. Shine Your Light
  10. Devil’s Playground
  11. Born of Fire
  12. Destiny

The End Machine is

George Lynch – Guitar
Jeff Pilson – Bass, Keyboards
Steve Brown – Drums
Robert Mason – Vocals


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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