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Album Review

Released to massive European acclaim, Machine Head's full-length debut, Burn My Eyes, successfully bridges the gap between second-generation Bay Area thrash (Testament, Death Angel, etc.) and the modern-day Pantera school of hard knocks. Produced by underground stalwart Colin Richardson, Burn My Eyes is a bone-shattering exercise in brutality that gives Pantera's classic, Vulgar Display of Power, a good run for its money. A veteran of the Bay Area thrash scene, guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn emerges as Machine Head's anchor. As guitar player of the riff-heavy yet vocally challenged band Vio-Lence, Flynn had already distinguished himself as a riff-making machine on tracks like "Serial Killer" and "Kill on Command." Interestingly, with the release of Burn My Eyes, every effort was made to cover up Flynn's involvement with his ex-bandmates. Looking back at it, it's easy to understand why. Because of the quick word of mouth in the underground metal community, comparisons to his ex-bandmates would have limited the impact of the record, possibly thwarting its merits. If Vio-Lence held promise, Machine Head was a different proposition all together. Anthems like "Davidian" are monstrous slabs of metal that, by far, eclipse anything Flynn had previously done. Nevertheless, Burn My Eyes is a classic debut and one that helped launch a huge European groundswell for the band that would result in a tour as Slayer's support act. A few months later, the Head would return and headline the very same venues in which they'd opened for Slayer.

Customer Reviews

One word....

Classic. Don't believe me? One blast of that drum roll on Davidian and you'll see why Machine Head's debut album remains untarnished after 14 years. Rob Flynn's caustic roar cuts through the malestrom on barnstormer tracks Old and Block, the former beginning with a sinister statement on racism spreading through the US. The Blackening may be MH's return to form, but Burn My Eyes remains their cutting-edge masterpiece.

Awesome!

Burn My Eyes - awesome. Whenever Rob Flynn is involved with something you know it will be top quality, and this is. Davidian is the standout, but 1000 eyes and None But My Own are great too. Just buy it, and let the tracks do the talking.

Turning Point

While I listened to Sepultura before I heard this album and Chaos AD was awesome, this album convinced me of the future of the genre. Superb production and amazing power. Saw them last year at Download and they are the songs that will define my childhood and still remind me of the eye-opening days of music for me.

Biography

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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