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Review: Machinery - Degeneration

Label: Last Entertainment Productions
Year released: 2006
Duration: 46:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 5, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

This is the debut album from Swedish metallers Machinery, who actually share a member with recently reviewed fellow Swedes Flagellation in the form of bassist Per Lindstrom. However, rather than being straight death metal like Flagellation, Machinery have more of a trad metal vibe about their music in the form of a greater usage of cleaner Warrel Dane-esque vocals and generally simpler arrangements.

It'd be easy for me to lump the band in with a bunch of Nevermore clones, but they actually have more to them than that. For starters, they have a more deathly vibe, most noticeable in the plethora of crunchy riffs on display as well as a great use of harsh vocals. Secondly, they have an almost Arch Enemy-like sense of melody in their solos and general riff arrangements, without the bloated saccharine sweet aftertaste left from AE's most recent efforts. With the talk of Nevermore, it's inevitable that Communic's name is mentioned too, and there are slight similarities on a few of the riffs here to Communic's last release, albeit with a less progressive slant and more of a head-down battering ram hue to the riffwork. This is not to say that Machinery do not have their 'emotional' moments in the form of the occasional near over melodic sections (like in the mid-section of "Falling Through the Grid"), although it all feels a bit plastic generally rather than pulling on the heart strings as intended. However that said, it all works pretty well together in a congruous fashion with the harsher sections, so they've got something to pat themselves on the back about. They even manage to slip in a few power metal riffs into the melting pot, as well as the odd thrashy chorus (all of which are blended so seamlessly into the mix that you'd hardly notice until multiple listens down the line).

Needless to say, if you're a fan of Warrel Dane's vocals, but find Nevermore's riffs are just too pussy for your personal tastes, this would be right up your alley. A professional and well constructed metal album.

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