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Author & Punisher / Press

“The words 'ground breaking' and 'innovative' get bandied around with all too often when describing bands who walk on the wild side of musical boundaries, leading to sub genres and clones with equal abundance, but once in a while something comes along out of the left field that is truly deserving of attention for the brazen ability to stand on its own as truly unique.”

“Drone Machines is an ultra-intense blast of industrial metal performed by enslaved heavy machinery, and at it’s most intense, sounds like a symphony of hellish steel presses and tank-tread drum machine rhythms...”

“One of the first things you’ll notice about The Painted Army is how damn good it sounds. For a homemade project, this is just outstanding. That clarity and balance is important to this style, and Shone shows a talent for both sides of the recording desk. Album opener “40 to 1 nicely encapsulates the Author and Punisher sound, using meticulous layering of differently paced guitars, keyboard, and seismic rumbling of electronic percussion. Shone wisely uses electronics to not only add melody, but just as often, to provide warped discordance.”

“In music-technology-speak, Shone creates midi controllers—pieces of hardware wired to send a message to an interface, or brain, that interprets the controllers’ movements into sound. One piece (pictured, below), which resembles a post-modern two-tiered organ, has six ebony keys that slide along metal bars. When he gets it working, it’ll produce sounds ranging from a ghostly drone to visceral rumbling, depending on where Shone positions the keys.”

“If you’ve ever wondered what it must be like to inhabit the deepest depths of Hell—the underworld’s boiler room, where pedophile priests shovel serial killer brains into the burner to keep Hell’s gears moving at a steady pace—then listen to Drone Machines”

“Engineer and musician Tristan Shone conceives and machines instruments that look more at home in a factory than a rock venue and extrude deep, dark sounds rich with texture and emotion.”

““The music becomes more than a chunk of industrial metal, it becomes a heaving metallic monster MADE from industrial metal, the various gears and servos emitting strange buzzes and whirrs, its thunderous footsteps the booming beat, the speaker rattling low end it’s guttural growl, and the howling vox, the man that commands this beast, and instructs it to do his bidding, a futuristic steampunk, post industrial robotic doom metal dirge, that we just can’t get enough of!” Aquarius Records”

Andee Connors - Aquarius Records

“If you slide Delrin on Teflon, it’s got this black coat on the steel rail,” says mechanical engineer and artist Tristan Shone. “It’s really nice.” Shone is talking about the giant steel musical monsters he builds, known appropriately as drone machines. To escape the confines of his metal band’s traditional instruments, Shone, now operating solo as Author and Punisher, spent the last few years refining the complex machinery that allows him complete control over a full spectrum of gut-wrenching sounds, graduating from building speakers to making intense contraptions that look like rocketship throttles or deli slicers with conveyor belts.”