The album was praised for its "impressionistic" elements and fresh outlook on jazz orchestra culture. It is credited with "launch[ing Argue] from Brooklyn-based unknown into the international conversation (and touring circuit)". The AllMusic review stated "Argue's music is a stunning display in diversity within drawn out, developed themes, requiring a keen ear. It's an exceptional example of new jazz music that deserves a broad forum for listening and appreciating". On All About Jazz Troy Collins wrote "Although the halcyon days of the big bands are long past, Infernal Machines stands defiant, updating the big band tradition for the new millennium while presenting exciting possibilities for the future".