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The Kings Machine

Heavy Metal
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Lance King's first major band was called Gemini (formed in 1986). They made it big in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metal scene. They turned down big record company offers to create their own Nightmare Records and Gemini Studio. King still runs those to this day. After things started falling apart, King formed The Kings Machine. The King's Machine comes from a lyric from the song “Out for Blood” by Gemini. After The Kings Machine, King formed Balance of Power, and then many other bands such as Defyance, Legacy of the Loud, Avian, Empire, Ilium, Magic Kingdom, Pyramaze, Shining Star, Decible, and Krucible. He has also released several solo albums.


1995 Sample Plate EP Nightmare Records
1995 …a State of Mind Nightmare Records

Sample Plate EP

1995 Nightmare Records

Lance King - Voice
Dave Barilla - Guitar
Brian Hollenbeck - Bass, keys
Todd Silverstone - Drums

  1. Fear (5:03)
  2. Acid Rain (4:19)
  3. Sabertooth Youth (3:58)
  4. Money (5:23)

...a State of Mind

1995 Nightmare Records

Lance King - lead vocals, backing vocals, samples
Dave Barilla - Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, and acoustic guitars
Brian Hollenbeck - Bass, keyboards, vocals
Brian Waterman - Drums, percussion, backing vocals

  1. Time for a Change (3:39)
  2. Momma (Hard to Say Goodbye) (4:53)
  3. Fear (5:02)
  4. Crave the Dirt (4:11)
  5. Sailing Through the Doorway (5:54)
  6. Sabertooth Youth (3:56)
  7. Self Destruction (4:25)
  8. Keep on Running (For My Life) (4:05)
  9. 21-Gun Salute (3:21)
  10. Money (5:38)