Hello and welcome back to Northwest Music Month, our 30-day countdown of some of the best talent that the Pacific Northwest offers, all throughout the month of June. Some days they could be a modern classic you already know about, or they could be a totally unknown bedroom act you’ve never heard of. Today’s band sits pretty comfortably in the upper echelon of Tacoma metal music, Mechanism!
Lauded by metal fans of all shapes and sizes for their accessible, yet technically-masterful approach to heavy metal and hard rock, Mechanism is a force to be reckoned with among our local scene. A live performance staple ever since their inception in 2007, Mechanism has had the honor of opening for such national acts as Dokken, Sanctuary, The Devin Townsend Project, Michael Schenker, and many more.
There’s a constant debate as to whether or not it’s easier to make music that’s incredibly technical and complex, or music that’s really catchy and will stick in the back of your head, but very few acts are as good at concurrently pull off both feats in one fell swoop as Mechanism. Their full-length debut Shadows and Dust came out in 2013, and really put the quintet on the map as the Tacoma metal band.
Combining the consummate talents of Ryan Renfield’s soaring vocals, Tony DeLisio’s destructive guitar work, Bobby D’Angelo’s groovy bass lines, Rene Monjaras’ skillful and pummeling drum work, and Manny Rojas’ keyboard work, which adds extra sonic character to their songs, Mechanism can’t be skipped out on.