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On The Blackening, Machine Head boldly balance sonic brutality with compositional complexity. While straight-ahead thrashers “Wolves” and “Aesthetics of Hate” are bare-knuckled cage matches, the band also incorporate a slew of progressive tactics, including suite-like songs, ingeniously shifting rhythms, and interwoven guitar solos. Ten-minute opener “Clenching the Fists of Dissent” announces their ambitious approach with a mix of anti-establishment rancour and dizzying changes. “A Farewell to Arms” is equally intricate (and awesome), and shows off Machine Head’s atmospheric side.

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A Must Have

This is an essential for almost any rock/metal fan out there, Machine Head's sound is more bludgeoning yet diverse on their new album. For fans of Slayer, Trivium, Metallica, Lamb of God (amongst others!).


If your a true metal head... pick this album up!!! You wont be dissapointed from start to finish they deliver the goods!!!!!

Another great thrash metal album

Thrash metal has made its triumphant return to the mainstream crowd with Machine Head, with an album with so much hatred and anger on it, they could have just called the album "Aesthetics of Hate" and it would work equally as well.

The first thing that suprised me on the album was the drums, which were particularily well done throughout the album. Great fills and some fun to learn breakdown beats. Guitar work is great, Most of my time listening to the album was enjoying the main guitar riffs. I was unsure with Flynn's vocals though on the first track, but all of that changed when I heard "Beautiful Mourning", a great mix of screaming and lyrical vocals worthy of a Killswitch Engage reference... that was it.

The only bit of critisism that I can think about for this album is that is does not have a particular polish to it. In general, this will always be the case for metal albums, but this album in particular did not have a particular sense of clarity as to exactly what is going on.

Great album that has me going out of my way to purchase even more albums by them.


Formed: 1992 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Influential West Coast heavy metal quartet Machine Head formed in 1992 around the talents of ex-Vio-Lence guitar players Robert Flynn and Phil Demmel, bass player Adam Duce, and drummer Chris Kontos. Their D.I.Y. work ethic, aggressive playing, and relentless self-promotion eventually landed them a deal with Roadrunner Records, a relationship that would extend all the way through 2005. Their blistering debut, 1992's Burn My Eyes, blended the powerful, modern attack of Pantera and Alice in Chains...
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