The band

Steve Smyth (Forbidden, Nevermore, Dragonlord, Testament, Vicious Rumors) is no newcomer in the metal music or shred guitar world, first being tipped for the top in Shrapnel Records president Mike Varney‘s “Hometown Heroes” column in the October 1993 issue of Guitar World magazine, after cutting his teeth on the local Bay Area scene with his band Ariah.

A four-year tenure as lead/rhythm guitarist with Bay Area power metallers Vicious Rumors started in 1995. During this time, Smyth contributed to two well received albums; 1996’s Something Burning, and 1998’s Cyberchrist (both released by Massacre Records), and toured extensively in the USA and Europe in support of both albums.

Then in 1999, Smyth began a four-and-a-half-year touring stint with Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament, touring the world in support of The Gathering album and then the First Strike Still Deadly album, playing to nearly 500,000 satisfied fans.

During this time Steve also helped form the lineup of Testament guitarist/founder Eric Peterson‘s black metal side project, Dragonlord. Two successful albums followed over the next four years: Rapture (Spitfire Records, 2001) and Black Wings of Destiny (Escapi Music, 2005).
Smyth spent late 2003 touring the world with Nevermore, the well-respected underground progressive metal band, in support of their album Enemies of Reality. In 2004, Smyth was invited to become part of the band’s permanent line-up, leading to the critically acclaimed album, This Godless Endeavor (Century Media, 2005), the band’s sixth full length, which featured several songs penned by Steve. A world tour followed, which saw the band play the first Gigantour (the brainchild of Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine), a headlining tour of Europe, as well as countless support tours across the globe in support of the effort.

In between tours in 2006, Smyth was invited to lend his voice to the character Snizzy Snazz Bullets, on the hit cartoon series Metalocalypse, a role he reprised again in 2008, along with a few other voices.

Smyth officially left Nevermore in 2007, citing “personal and business differences”, and then released The EssenEss Project, an instrumental effort with longtime bandmate Steve Hoffman on bass, and special guest drummer Atma Anur. The effort was released world-wide on Steve’s own imprint, Two Louder Music, to positive critical acclaim. Some touring in support of the album followed, in addition to several clinics and masterclasses in the States and abroad.

2009 found Steve joining Forbidden, touring Europe and the US with the band, and participating in the writing process for Omega Wave, Forbidden’s first album in 14 years, released October 22nd in EU, October 26th in the US, and Asia two weeks after. A North American tour leg involving a mixture of headlining dates as well as a support slot with thrash metal legends Overkill, kicked off November 4th in Springfield Virginia, wrapping December 11th in San Francisco. More touring in 2011 has commenced, with 2 shows aboard the 1st Annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise (Miami-Cozumel-Miami), a South American tour, and the Spring Festival Season in the EU. Catch the Wave when Forbidden brings it to North America once again with a headlining tour, as well as appearances at select Summer Festivals across Europe, and a full European headline tour in the works for late summer!

2011 saw the release of a Steve Smyth signature series line of guitars from BC Rich, Signature 6 and 7 string Bich guitars designed to Steve’s specs. The guitars made their debut at the Winter NAMM 2011 show in Anaheim Ca, and which sold solidly for the next five years.
Steve formed One Machine in 2012, with the intent of creating a truly international band, with a group of like-minded and experienced metal musicians, releasing The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth in 2014, and very well received and critically acclaimed The Final Cull in 2015, both via Scarlet Records. The next several years have seen One Machine touring constantly through the UK and Europe alike, touring in support of both albums, sharing the stages with the likes of Overkill, Raven, Vader, Dani Filth’s Devilment, Nile, Evergrey, Geoff Tate’s Operation:Mindcrime, to name a few.

Ronny Munroe (born November 22, 1965) is an American heavy metal singer, most noted as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Metal Church from 2003 until the band broke up in 2009. His second tenure with the band lasted from 2012 when the group reunited until 2014, where he left to “pursue other interests”. He also had a brief stint as the vocalist for Lillian Axe. He was also the lead singer of progressive rock band Presto Ballet. In October 2011 Munroe joined the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as a vocalist.

He now joins One Machine as their lead vocalist, stating “I am pleased to announce that I have joined Steve Smyth and One Machine as their new lead singer,” Munroe says. “Steve and the guys are all very accomplished players and good human beings, and I am proud to be part of the next chapter in the One Machine family.”

Jamie graduated from the Musicians Institute in 1999, with the Platinum award. He went on to become one of the original members of U.K Progressive Metal band ‘Biomechanical’, who released 3 critically acclaimed albums and toured the world alongside acts such as Exodus, Nevermore, Shadows Fall and Decapitated.

Since then, Jamie has worked on projects with Pin (Sikth) and drummer Thomas Lang, before taking up guitar duties with Steve in One Machine.
Jamie is the Principal Lecturer in Live Performance and Guitar Technique at BIMM Bristol. He held a column in Guitarist magazine for many years, regularly contributes to lessons and features in Total Guitar Magazine and currently writes the 30-Minute Lickbag column in Guitar Techniques magazine.
When not playing Metal, Jamie is often hired as a theatre pit musician where he gets to play scores covering a vast array of genres. He currently endorses EMG pickups, Rotosound strings plus Dunlop gear and picks. Jamie is also a U.K product ambassador for ESP guitars – demonstrating their products on and holding clinics all over the U.K.

Stefano Selvatico was born in Pontevico, Italy in January 1989. He picked up a bass guitar after being introduced to rock and metal by his elder brother, He studied bass under guidance of bass master Roberto Galli (Ivana Spagna, Umberto Tozzi,…) at Lizard Music Academy.

He began his career playing in bands in and around Italy and made his recording debut with Brescia based metallers Penthagon. The band went on to win the Italian Waken Metal Battle contest which saw them playing Waken Open Air Festival in 2010.

He then moved to England to pursue his career further, joining UK metallers Savage Messiah. He recorded two albums with them that were distributed worldwide (Earache Records, Century Media, Trooper Entertainment), toured the UK and Europe extensively and played various Festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air, Devilstone Open Air, Hammerfest and many others.

After parting with Savage Messiah he then filled in on bass for One Machine in December of 2014, for their show supporting Korpiklaani and by February found his permanent home in the band taking over bass duties.

2011: Penthagon – Penthagon (Punishment 18 Records)
2012: Savage Messiah – Plague Of Conscience (Earache Records)
2014: Savage Messiah – The Fateful Dark (Earache Records, Century Media, Trooper Entertainment)
2015 One Machine The Final Cull (Scarlet Records/eOne Records)

Savage Messiah – All Seeing I (Earache Records)
Savage Messiah – Hellblazer (Earache Records)

Since joining One Machine in 2015, Matt has performed with the group across Europe, promoting the debut and sophomore albums, alongside the likes of Overkill, Geoff Tate, Raven, Motorhead’s Phil Campbell, and Evile to name a few. Following a week’s worth of recording with the band in Copenhagen, a new EP, and his recording debut for the band, is due to be released in the first half of 2021, with a follow-up album sometime after.

Raised on a disparate diet of Motown and Classic British Rock, Matt developed a blend of pocket and swing as well as an aggressive but dynamic playing style. Taking inspiration from the likes of Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, and John Bonham as well as Steve Ferrone, JR Robinson and Tony Williams. This lead to his first session tour at the age of 19 and later, involvement in the Grindcore scene of the mid- 90s.

By 2001, Matt would be asked to join the emerging Progressive Metal band Biomechanical, where he would first meet guitarist, and future One Machine Architect, Jamie Hunt. Both Jamie and Matt would remain with this band for the next 6 years, recording 3 three critically acclaimed albums, performing at numerous festivals, as well as touring the US and Europe with the likes of Exodus, Decapitated, 3 Inches Of Blood, Shadows Fall, and Stampin’ Ground. It was on one such occasion, supporting Nevermore in Greece, over a beer or 15, that the beginnings of Once Machine was born.

After the dis-banding of Biomechanical, Matt would go on to session for numerous profile Rock and Metal bands. Touring with the likes of AOR luminaries P.R.I.D.E, supporting US Multi-platinum selling artist, Firehouse and Tyketto Front-man, Danny Vaughn, German Power Metal band Mystic, Prophecy on their support of Stratovarius’ European ‘Polaris’ Tour. 3 Inches of Blood for the London ‘Fire Up the Blades’ dates, Bull-Riff Stampede’s UK support of Sepultura, and many others.

An album, EP, and music video would follow with another Biomechanical Alumni, Chris Webb, in the Band Solsikk. Additional projects include albums, singles, EPs, and Videos for blackened Power Metal outfit, ‘Chaosanct’, featuring former and current member of Cradle of Filth, Spitting Blood, Samsus Traum, and Ackercocke, recording and touring the critically acclaimed debut album ‘Renegades’ by British Metal band Monument and most recently the highly anticipated debut, self-titled album for Matt Mitchell &The Coldhearts.

Matt Exclusively endorses Ludwig Drums, Axis Pedals, and LDC Drumsticks.

One Machine biography

One Machine is the brainchild of critically acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden, Testament, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors).

One Machine is an international metal band with classic and modern influences, featuring members carefully selected by Smyth: Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical) sharing guitar duties, augmented heavily by a powerhouse rhythm section with Stefano Selvatico (Savage Messiah) on bass guitar and Matt “Spike” Cherry (Biomechanical, Matt Mitchell and The Coldhearts) on drums, and welcoming new vocalist Ronny Munroe (Metal Church/Trans Siberian Orchestra) to its ranks!

The band’s debut album, The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth was released world-wide in February 2014 through Scarlet Records/eOne to great critical acclaim, and the band immediately hit the road, winning several high profile support slots in the UK and abroad with such luminaries and newcomers alike, as Nile, Vicious Rumors, Onslaught, Artillery, The Agonist, as well as headlining shows of their own.

The band also made several festival appearances, sharing the stage alongside bands such as Dani Filth’s Devilment, Pretty Maids, Illdisposed, M:Pire Of Evil, and others, all the while continuing to win over fans and rack up high-rating raving reviews.

One Machine entered the studio in early February to record their follow-up album, The Final Cull, released September 18th, 2015 via Scarlet Records/eOne to great critical acclaim and fan reception, and once again, the band hit the road to tour in support of the critically acclaimed The Final Cull throughout 2015-2018, across Europe, the UK, and Ireland, as a headliner and main support act on many shows and tours. Highlights included main support to Overkill and Vader on Killfest 2016, Korpiklaani, Tyr, Evergrey, Operation:Mindcrime, Evile, Raven, combined with appearances at many metal festivals, including the prestigious Bloodstock Open Air, Mammothfest, Amplified Festival, Attitude Fest, Thrashersaurus Festival, amongst many others.

With the recent addition of ex Metal Church/Trans Siberian Orchestran vocalist to its ranks, the band has now completed an EP, tentatively titled Let The Culling Begin, due for release in early 2021, with touring follow!