HistoryGreek man John K formed Biomechanical. After recruiting a line-up in London, the band issued a demo called Distorted.
UK progressive metal band Biomechanical signed with Revolver Records following a couple of impressive demos. The band also played the Bloodstock festival before releasing its debut - which was delayed by eight weeks to give the label time to plan its promotion - in 2003. A video for the song The Awakening was also shot.
The band and Revolver parted ways in 2004. The boys signed on to Elitist/Earache. The deal was reportedly for four albums beginning with The Empires Of The Worlds album, which was due in early 2005. The album was mixed by Andy Sneap and released in the spring. In the meanwhile, John K left Balance Of Power in order to concentrate on his main band. In the spring of 2006, the English band opened for Decapitated, but without bassist Jon Collins who could not tour due to his university exams. The band utilized Dom Lawson from Bowlrider. The band next pulled out of the Sikth tour due to a fire at its recording studio. As a result, the mixing of the band’s forthcoming album, Cannibalised, was rescheduled for roughly the same time as the tour In advance of the 2008 release the band’s musicians quit leaving singer John K. (i.e. Yiannis Koutselinis) as the sole member. Apparently, the singer had notified the rest of the band that he would run the band as his solo project in the future. Drummer Matt C. had quit the band earlier in the year. The new line-up was responsible for Cannibalised of 2008. More changes were afoot in the band however, as guitarist Chris Van Hayden left to concentrate on his own band, Chaosgenesis in March of 2008. Biomechanical guitarist Gus Drax joined Paradox in 2010 replacing Kai Pasemann. Solsikk, was a new U.K. "groove metal" band in 2011 featuring ex-Biomechanical members Chris Webb (guitar) and Matt C. (drums), which will release a self-titled debut album on May 2nd through Femme Metal Records. The Orchestral Empires EP emerged in 2019. John K. had assumed full control.
BIOMECHANICAL - DISTORTED
It does happen once in a blue moon: The Metallian receives a CD that surprises him. When the four-track demo of England's Biomechanical arrives one couldn't be blamed for having visions of Meshuggah and Biohazard prancing in his head. In fact, Biomechanical is best described as a cross between Dream Theater and VoiVod. The band's hefty and pompous compositions feature the kind of feel Dream Theater might produce. But far from being an Italian (ha!) clone of DT, Biomechanical infuses several harsher sounds and manages to craft something its own. Yeah, this is not a clone product. In fact, this Hertford act comes across as surprisingly mature and polished for a 'mere' demo band. There is no doubt that a label will come knocking soon, but in the meanwhile I advise the band to drop the keyboards, become more serious and keep on composing material for the labels can't be far behind. http://www.biomechanical.co.uk.
BIOMECHANICAL - THE EMPIRES OF THE WORLDS - EARACHE
Having heard the band's demo CD several years ago the music on the new album, and Earache debut, The Empires Of The Worlds is not what I had expected from Biomechanical. The band is still technical and complicated, but a few things have changed. Biomechanical today can either be considered a progressive band that has discovered Pantera and Primal Fear vocally or alternately a thrash metal band with a lot of technicality and orchestration. In either case, the vocals are either snarly like vintage Phil Anselmo or high a la Rob Halford. The music is always complex and on the run. The layering and technicality really hit home on the album's last four numbers, a four-part offering. Another thing worth noting is the mixing of real drums and a drum machine. It is sad to say that generally the fast drum beats are programmed.
Biomechanical is more than the sum of its parts and presents an original potpourri of different metal styles. That the band is talented is evident. That the band is an acquired taste is also unmistakable. - Ali "The Metallian"