From Paris comes No Return, one of the more aggressive metal bands on the French extreme scene. Machinery is the band's fifth CD, originally released in 2002 on Nuclear Blast Records but now being reissued by Metal Mind Productions. Combining melodic death metal with 80's thrash and futuristic industrial metal, Machinery is a challenging listen that should please quite a few different types of metal fans. Though you can hear influences such as Vader, Sepultura, Slayer, Fear Factory, and maybe even some Meshuggah, No Return have a sound that stands on its own. Tunes like "Violator" and the title track combine inventive, crushing guitar riffs with spacey industrial elements and brutal vocal growls, totally not your typical death metal fare that's for sure. "Disillusion" and "Virus" are pedal-to-the-metal thrash tunes, violent riffs and sledgehammer double bass drum blasts exploding in the mix, supported by ethereal synths for a atmospheric effect. The band really goes for the industrial vibe on "The Last Act (New Born)" a fun piece that mixes the death/thrash metal perfectly with the futuristic element.
A nice little bonus here on this reissue is the inclusion of No Return's cover of Death's "Secret Face", a great rendition of a killer song, the band adding in their inustrial element to this death metal classic. Metal Mind's digipack contains all the original artwork (cool cover art by the way), lyrics, photos, and band essay.
2. The Recycler
10. The Last Act (New Born)
12. Secret Face (Death's Cover)