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On The Blackening, Machine Head boldly balance sonic brutality with compositional complexity. While straight-ahead thrashers “Wolves” and “Aesthetics of Hate” are bare-knuckled cage matches, the band also incorporate a slew of progressive tactics, including suite-like songs, ingeniously shifting rhythms, and interwoven guitar solos. Ten-minute opener “Clenching the Fists of Dissent” announces their ambitious approach with a mix of anti-establishment rancor and dizzying changes. “A Farewell to Arms” is equally intricate (and awesome), and shows off Machine Head’s atmospheric side.

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This is probably machine heads best album so far......its just constantly heavy the whole was through, if you love heavy metal like me then you should get this album listening to the 30 second preview does not do it justice. One of the best heavy albums i've heard in many years!


This is probably the best cd i have heard. Period. If you dog this album thats straight up ridiculous


In a field of crap metal, Machine Head has really come through with this ablum. This bad boy rips your head off! It's so refreshing to hear quality break neck crunches (best since Lamb of God's last cut.) I wish that more bands would rip like this.


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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