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This Machine Runs on Empty is Bloodjinn's third label in as many albums. Interestingly, their post-hardcore, thrashed out brand of melodic metal has remained intact and in fact has only gotten better with age. Blastbeats and big, big guitars that lie distorted by clear and fast metal riffs and dual leads — can anyone say Thin Lizzy? — with Joel Collins now-trademark lead vocals. Despite more mature lyrics, Collins keeps it direct, lean and mean and the band follows suit. The sound is enormous and menacing, but its hooks draw the listener unmistakably toward the center of each cut. While the album is virtually seamless from beginning to end, there are a number of standouts including "Mirrored Human," "In the First Degree," "A Moment of Clarity," "The Unloved," and the title track. Music this heavy isn't usually this deep while keeping its musical edge raw and intact. For This Machine Runs on Empty, though, Bloodjinn is a machine alright, yet it is anything but empty.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in North Carolina

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

North Carolina metallic hardcore act Bloodjinn (pronounced "blood-gin") were formed in 1999 by siblings Joel (vocals) and Justin Collins (drums), with guitarists Carter Pennington and B.J. Stevens and bassist Justin Keatts soon completing the lineup that would record the band's debut EP, To Bleed the Demon, for the independent label Flatline Records. This in turn led to an album deal with Tribunal Records (onetime home to Atreyu, Scarlet, etc.) and the release of 2000's full-length Murder Eternal:...
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