Release date: October 16th 2006
Label: Last Entertainment Productions
Provided by: Last Entertainment Productions
Style: Thrash Metal
Rating: 70/100
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: February 6th 2007

Machinery from Sweden was formed in late 2001 by founder/singer Michel Isberg and drummer Johan Westman. At first numerous members came and went but eventually the line-up became consistent and after a few demos their first full-length album “Degeneration” was released in October 2006.

The first thing that hit me about “Degeneration” was the production. Well, it’s crystal clear but I could whish for a warmer, deeper and more powerful production.

The next thing that came to mind was; Damn it sounds like Nevermore. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Nevermore so I felt a little down…but after numerous listens I began to accept the fact that maybe it sounds a little to close to Nevermore at times, but “Degeneration” is certainly not a bad album.

Machinery proves that Thrash Metal doesn’t have to be completely frantic and delivered at breakneck speeds… they can pound your goddamn skull in even in a mid-paced tempo. But don’t worry… we get fast and bone-crushing tracks too, and again Nevermore comes to mind. Damn… I could swear that I’ve heard the first track “Salvation For Sale” before…I’m sure I know this track… it MUST be Nevermore! Well it isn’t… its Machinery!

It is quite easy to tell the numbers apart from each other and most of them are quite good and only a few of them are not above average. All in all a quite good Thrash release and with a warmer and more powerful production, this album this album could have scored 5 to 10 more points in my book! 

Recommended tracks: “Salvation for Sale”, “Blacker than Pain” and “Unholy Demon”.