ANGRY MACHINES is brash, angry, heavy for heavy's sake & completely uninspired. This was Ronnie's 2nd album with guitarist Tracey G, whose riffing is aggressive here, but also quite forgettable. Their prior collaboration STRANGE HIGHWAYS was actually quite a good record. The lackluster songwriting here makes this album seem as if these songs were the outtakes! It may also be telling that this was the first album by Dio that failed to yield any singles. Ronnie's lyrics are also quite "out of gas" here as he lamely tries to address more contemporary themes. His vocals are as impassioned as ever and the band tries to make all of the right sounds behind him, but there isn't a single song here that you'd hear his fans crying out for on later tours. Hugely disappointing.