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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.

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Angry, Brutal and Raw.

Its a shame really, the 3 albums that followed, just had to follow this album. I mean they weren't all bad (Ten ton hammer from "The More Things Change" and The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears from "The Burning Red" were good) but a album to match Burn My Eyes's intensity and rawness was a tough feat, listening to this album sounds like some one took the best of the 80's thrash metal and threw in some Rob Zombie/Pantera, and I mean that in a good way. Rob Flynns vocals is fierce and angry, Logan Maders and Flynn's guitar work memorable and heavy, the drums (Courtisey of Chris Kontos) hammers on, hell even the bass is good. If you like thrash metal, Groove metal, f&&& it any metal, this album is easy to reconmend. Reconmended songs: Davidian, A Thousand lies, (just buy the album).

One of the best albums of the 90's

Machine is nothing less then legendary, and you can say the same for thier debut album. Every song on this album is amazing and is true hard htting metal. Logan Mader's and Robert Flynns guitar work is insane, and the drum and bass are like a wrecking ball. This is one amoung many great albums released by machine head so if you like this album check out The More Things Change, and The Blakening, thier other stuff is good just not as good. All in all, any true metel fan should buy this album.

Greatest groove metal album ever, hands down

I was going to buy Sacrament by Lamb Of God, and it was no longer available. So I look for something that had the LOG Groove Metal sound to it. I decided on Machine Head, and I wasn't at all disappointed. Burn My Eyes is a great metal album, no matter what sub-genre you like. Machine Head is simply a great band, and their debut album is by far their best, followed by their newest edition, The Blackening. The 30 second previews aren't enough, you need the whole album to the real experience. This album simply rules.

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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