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Album Review

Machine Head's The Blackening is an over-the-top rage and pummelfest that proves a gamerchanger in heavy metal. Period. Not only does it contain the visceral qualities the band has displayed since commecning its recording and touring career but the growth in songwriting, dynamics and production place MH in their own league as perhaps the most important mainstream genre act on the planet bar none. The record starts out unlikely enough (thankfully) with a left-of-center call to arms for the youth of their nation to not blindly accept the words (and threats) of "patriotic brutes." It calls for a righteous rage with triple-timed slamming beats and blistering lead guitar breaks, as the piece alternates between death metal, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and prog. It blends seamlessly. At ten-and-half minutes for an opening cut, one can tell this is no ordinary heavy metal record. "Beautiful Mourning" is anything but gothic heavy metal. Commencing with a taut, explosive riff matched by the drum kit, Robb Flynn is off and running, celebrating being "taken under" by her, and the seductive power of both women and death. The thrash element here rivals Slayer at their best, and breaks new ground within the realm of composition for aggressive music. The intense dual arpeggios between both guitarists — Flynn and Phil Demmel on "Aesthetics of Hate" (as just one example) are among the tightest ever. The drama produced by Dave McClain's blastbeats and the steady guidance of Adam Duce's basslines comprise a deeply intuitive rhythm section for the six-stringers to fly from. They don't so much fly as fight, though. Other standouts include "Halo," and "Now I Lay Thee Down." Essential.

Customer Reviews

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: Rock

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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