Hard Reset is a band from Firenze, Italy. They call themselves an 'anthem to friendship' and a 'music fellowship'. Now, what is more beautiful than that? Three good friends with a similar music taste, jamming together and having the time of their lives? For a second there I wish I was a member of this band. For starters, I would be in Italy right now, where the weather is probably a little better.
The music on this album can easily be described as 'rock', which makes it perfectly suitable for those festivals. Influences seem to come from bands like Foo Fighters, Muse, Counting Crows, Biffy Clyro and Pearl Jam. Here and there, Hard Reset tends to get a little heavier, but they rarely cross the vague border between rock and metal. Yet, I do think that many heavy rockers will appreciate solid songs like 'Cyclops', 'Changing' and 'When The Rain Comes Down'.
The latter also reminds me a bit of The Cult, highly immersive rock with plenty of power. Perhaps there might be a little moshpit forming at times, and that's perfectly fine. 'Rain', a slower by in no way less powerful song, seems to borrow elements from post-rock and blend it with nineties grunge. It's a nice combination that brings back memories of seeing Radiohead or Deftones in action. Those were great days.
Besides raw power, there's plenty or room for variation and melody. The songwriting is solid and the energy is contagious. There also might be a few alternative summer hits here, including the joyful 'Mold' or the punky 'Monkey Seeking'. My advice? If you're into decent rock music, you might want to check this out. 'Machinery & Humanity' is an excellent debut which perfectly reflects the joy of playing these songs.