Video footage of MACHINES OF GRACE — the new band featuring vocalist Zak Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, SAVATAGE, MACHINES OF GRACE),drummer Jeff Plate (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE, METAL CHURCH),guitarist Matt Leff (guitar) and bassist Chris Rapoza (bass) — performing on September 24, 2009 at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio as the support act for STRYPER can be viewed below.
While in Cleveland, MACHINES OF GRACE also performed on the Fox 8 morning talk show "That's Life" with Robin Swoboda. The band played acoustic versions of the songs "Innocence", "This Time" and "The Moment".
MACHINES OF GRACE released its self-titled debut album digitally on July 7 via iTunes and other retailers.
"It's just a pure, solid melodic rock sound," Stevens said about the project. "It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it's got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal."
Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT, respectively. Their first band, WICKEDWITCH, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the lineup and formed the backbone of today's brainchild: MACHINES OF GRACE.
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the WICKEDWITCH project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front SAVATAGE (and more recently, CIRCLE II CIRCLE),and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and METAL CHURCH. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed TRIGGER EFFECT, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for IRON MAIDEN, QUEENSRŸCHE and HALFORD.
For more information, visit www.machinesofgrace.net.