MACHINES, THE: Self-titled: CD

A return-to-action release from an old Essex, U.K. band originally active circa 1977, who managed the highly regarded and highly sought-after True Life EP in their first go-round. Their sound now falls somewhere between the Damned and more recent fare like Guitar Gangsters, with catchy hooks, vocals with less bite and more melody, and maybe a wee bit of oi there as well. Solid release on the whole, but the real score here are a couple of demo tracks and, yes, the aforementioned True Life in its feral, sick-guitar-fuzzed entirety tacked onto the end.

 –jimmy (Angels In Exile)