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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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Another excellent album from Machine Head its just a shame that they don't get the respect they deserve here in the US.

Expected more...

I am not going to bash this album. I don't think I'd have the heart to do that to anything Machine Head puts out. However, I expected a lot more out of them. Aside from their single, "Locust," the only two songs I found really appealing are "I Am Hell" and "This Is The End." That leaves four songs that are only average. I mean really, seven songs on the whole album? Come on guys, I know you have more than that! I've been waiting for this album for a long time, and I'm disappointed that it didn't live up to the epicness (is that a word?) of previous albums.


The best album of 2011.


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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