NO RETURN - MACHINERY - KODIAK/NUCLEAR BLAST
A short intro and the album dives into a hateful deathrash song named Violator. The picking conveys urgency and the voice anger. There is some chugging reminiscent of Channel Zero and the sound is very powerful. This can be a good album. The next track is called The Recycler and introduces the band's latest, newest and coolest member, Malko Pouchin. Malko is in charge of 'Machinery.' That's right, Malko is the king of keyboards and sound effects. He likes to experiment and brings that certain kewl chic to No Return. Is it conformity? Is it weakness? Is it an older band's (who should have known better) attempt to keep up with its younger peers? Whatever the case, Machinery could have been a powerful metal album that is now considerably weakened by the 'machinery.' This is a concept album recounting the tale of a young genius who creates an android.The solos are good and the rhythm tight. Disease begins with a Cannibal Corpse riff and Secret Face not so secretly clones Obliveon and Death. Still the fact remains that despite the commercial magazines protestations there is no market out there for 'metal' with keyboards, samples and synthesized effects. No Return was formed in 1989 and will find that the year 2002 bears little demand for thrash acts yearning to be Fear Factory. They have my regrets.