Originally formed in 2007, the band went under the name Stone Gods until an unfortunate renaming incident with an international band left them without enough hair. Machine King was born in February 2008 as a result. A blend of blues, stoner rock and psychedelic influences the live set is dynamic and huge and the studio work just keeps going from strength to strength. Influences include The Obsessed, Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Type O Negative, Pink Floyd, Cream, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, Hawkwind.
Machine King have played gigs with many NZ stoner/doom bands including Made In China, Osmium and a Kyuss tribute band called "Sons of Kyuss". They have played at some interesting venues including a couple of gigs on an Air Force base.
In 2008 some original music was laid down at local recording studio Creative Sounds aka 'The Stomach' and released on student radio with one track 'Where I've Been' appearing on the b-net station Control 99.4fm compilation album 'Control freaks rule the world'. Since then guitarist Dave Allan has built a recording studio (Chocolate Mud Recordings) and the band have released their self-produced, self-titled debut EP. They are currently working on a full length album for release in 2012/13.
"With piercing bass lines, solid soloing and a steady rythym, New Zealand's Machine King create a mesmering laid back vibe. The band plays seventies-spiked psychedelic blues with heavy stoner rock sensibilities. Using slow tempos, quiet passages, and a warm fuzzy tone, Machine King is the perfect elixer for a long hard day."Band Website|Facebook|Myspace|Twitter