Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Up from the very north of Finland, Rovaniemi (which is the origin of Tomi Putansuu aka Mr. Lordi of the Finnish monster group Lordi), comes this 5-piece melodic death metal band Ravage Machinery. REIGNING DISEASE is the band´s latest 3-song effort (they released their debut 4-track demo in 2007 already), and they tell in their biography about being influenced by such bands as Soilwork, Machine Head, In Flames and so on.
To be honest, this effort from them sound kinda amateur-rish and raw – all 3 songs on it, even I am not saying they would not have some good ideas here and there in their songs. They just need to be worked on and improved a bit more if they want to make on an impact toward labels´ direction and get signed. What I particularly found slightly amateur-ish sounding on this demo of theirs, are the vocals. The death grunts sound somewhat ok (but way too typical, I´m afraid), but it´s the clean vocal parts here that basically need to be improved on. I´m sorry to say that they just don´t fit, or work at all. The guitar work, however, deserves a mention as it´s on a relatively strong level, although they could use a couple of leads here and there to give some extra spice to their stuff.
Production-wise, REIGNING DISEASE is only a decent effort, I mean, even for an unsigned demo band that they are. Overall the production on the demo should be sharpened to make it to sound more like a quality product, and that way being able to grab even more people´s attention.
I am pretty sure when Ravage Machinery record their next effort, some of these minor shortages have been taken care of by then, and the band is prepared a bit better for their world conquering than what they are on REIGNING DISEASE.