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After the epic grandeur and perfection of The Blackening, Machine Head delivers Unto the Locust, an album that lives up to its deserved reputation. The band doesn’t waste ideas here or water down its best ones; it hits everything dead-on, and the welcomed complexity is a great relief for a genre often hampered by groups unable to break free from self-imposed rules and limits. At seven and a half minutes, “Locust,” like many tunes here, starts with melodic introspection before tearing the listener’s head off with vicious guitar riffing and demanding drum rhythms. “This Is the End” kicks up dirt while sneaking past some of the most intricate and tuneful guitar lines heard in modern metal. Produced by leader Robert Flynn, the sound is no-nonsense and in your face, like an intense closeup where one can make out every little scratch and instrumental piece. The special edition is an even greater value; it features three bonus cuts, including an acoustic, stripped-down take on the album’s most sensitive track, “Darkness Within.”

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You would think that it gets harder to think of new stuff when you've been playing music professionally for over 15 year, and is about to publish your 7th album but no. With Machine Head that's not how we play the game.
The guys are certainly still alive - maybe now more than ever. Cause this album impressed me and is maybe the best album ever maid by them, even though The Blackening and Through the Aches still blows me away.
Unto the Locust is very creative and is something you haven't seen before and that's what I love about Machine Head. The creativity and the fact that you never know what's coming next. Every album has different details but still has that special Machine Head - sound.

There's not much to say - I love the choir on I Am Hell (Sonata in C#), I love the guitar riffs on Be Still and Know, I love the fastness of This Is The End and I love the sound of Flynn's raw vocal on Darkness Within (Acoustic).

Thank you Lord for creating Rob, Adam, Phil and Dave. And thank you for creating Machine Head!!!


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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