"Degeneration" (Last Entertainment; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Machinery is a quintet hailing from Sweden whose progressive approach to their blistering assault is garnished with Nevermore-esque structures intertwined with the usual batterings found on cuts like "River Red."

Despite lackluster production, the nine-track "Degeneration" manages to captivate with an enriched sense of musicianship and a solid songwriting prowess that keeps the songs teetering between left-of-center art-metal and in-your-face power groove.

Knowing how to kick ass and keep themselves musically challenged in the process, this outfit  (despite their obvious leanings on a certain Seattle metal troupe) has put forth a sturdy metal album brimming with intellectual fury for those who prefer thinking man's metal. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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