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The Blackening (Roadrunner)

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01. Clenching the Fists of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
05. Slanderous
06. Halo
07. Wolves
08. A Farewell to Arms

"The Blackening", MACHINE HEAD's sixth studio album, is quite simply the band's best effort since its shattering 1994 debut, "Burn My Eyes", and may even surpass that modern classic. It may also be the best all-out metal recording of 2007. This is a no-holds-barred, brutally heavy, uncompromising album, a labor of love on which every single note of music bleeds with the passion and anger of Robb Flynn and his bandmates. And the music they've created here — eight songs, with two of them passing the nine-minute mark and another pair cruising past ten minutes — is relentless, monstrously heavy and perhaps lyrically darker than anything the band has done before. In short, MACHINE HEAD has made its masterpiece.

MACHINE HEAD — and Flynn in particular — have always been under intense scrutiny since arriving on the metal scene in such unforgettable style with "Burn My Eyes" all those years ago. In the ensuing decade and a half, expectations and commercial pressures seemed to drive everyone a little crazy: the band, its label, and its fans, all of whom seem to be searching for some sort of abstract, undefined height of perfection and success. The frantic overthinking on the still-worthy sophomore album "The More Things Change" was followed by the more market-driven pursuits of "The Burning Red" (which was nevertheless a solid CD) and "Supercharger" (widely acknowledged as the band's lowest ebb). Fifth album "Through the Ashes of Empire" found the group righting the ship, discarding counsel about current music trends and finding its way back to the most pure-sounding MACHINE HEAD CD since the first. Freed of commercial considerations, "Empire" was the best-received MH effort in a while and paved the way for the all-out assault of "The Blackening".

Aside from the first record, this is the ultimate MACHINE HEAD album: it clearly sounds like the work of a band completely following its artistic bent without giving a damn for the consequences. Only that kind of mindset would allow any act to open an album with a track that runs for 10 minutes and 34 seconds. But that's just what MACHINE HEAD has done with "Clenching the Fists of Dissent". The song's haunting, gentle opening soon gives way to an overwhelming barrage of riffs, tempo changes and mood swings, each calibrated for maximum heaviness and impact. The track sets the tone for the rest of the album, with a vibe that veers between fury and despair.

The sonic pyrotechnics continue straight into "Beautiful Mourning" and the literally breathtaking "Aesthetics of Hate", which channels its title emotion into a blazing volcano of pure speed and furious guitarwork from Flynn and Phil Demmel. The fact that the song is driven by Flynn's anger over the media response to Dimebag Darrell's death only adds to its raw energy. "Now I Lay Thee Down" is the closest that MACHINE HEAD comes to easing off the accelerator on this record, but even its slight lean in a ballad-like direction is balanced by its onslaught of slow, ominous riffing.

The incredible barrage of metallic power continues on "Slanderous" and especially "Halo", whose main riff is nothing short of classic MACHINE HEAD. All four members of the band — Flynn, Demmel, bassist Adam Duce and drummer Dave McClain — have not only risen to the occasion on this record, but surpassed themselves, with Flynn and Demmel playing off each other in an intense, dynamic way that Flynn has arguably never had before with any previous MACHINE HEAD guitarist. The fluid playing of all four members and seamless songwriting keeps each song lively and interesting, so that even the most lengthy numbers never feel like they're dragging.

"The Blackening" ends almost where it begins, with "A Farewell to Arms", like "Dissent", addressing the spiraling, catastrophic situation that the once-mighty U.S. has found itself in thanks to its depraved, delusional, war-mongering leadership. But whereas "Dissent" is a fevered call to revolution, "Farewell" is more mournful and accusing: "War hawks and senators they sit tight, so trite/Never their sons will know what it's like to fight/But soldiers are dead/And children have bled/And the silence is numb/What have we become?" Some here on the Blabbermouth message boards have already commented on the political nature of the lyrics, but Flynn's clear, unrestrained feelings on these subjects only add to the sense of artistic freedom and emotional power on the disc.

In a recent span of time that has seen credible comeback efforts from SLAYER and TYPE O NEGATIVE, plus worthy new albums from contenders like LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and MASTODON, it's fitting that MACHINE HEAD — who waged an often lonely battle to keep its identity through metal's ups and downs — have topped them all and set the standard for the next big return to form (we're looking at you, METALLICA). But "The Blackening" is no mere comeback: it's the nearly perfect testament to the musical, personal and commercial journey that MACHINE HEAD has taken and survived all these years, their sound and integrity restored and intact. It's also one of the purest, finest, most powerful expressions of modern heavy metal released in this young but already blackened century.

- Don Kaye
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COMMENT | 'Well...'
posted by :
3/26/2007 5:19:21 AM

I heard it. It's good for a Modern Metal style, not exactly my cup of tea, but to be fair - I think this effort deserves an 8.
Just didn't "grabbed" my attention, but an overall quality stuff.

COMMENT | 'Typo'
posted by :
3/26/2007 5:21:42 AM

"It didn't grab my attention"

COMMENT | 'This is perhaps the best album of 2007 so far'
posted by : Ninjer
3/26/2007 5:25:57 AM

If only Chimaira didn't release such a killer record. I never got into Machine Head but this record changed my whole view on them. Positively. 10 for this masterpiece.

posted by : OneManArmy
3/26/2007 5:43:39 AM

this will be the first mh record in my collection. Heard some of their earlier work, some great stuff and some pretty horrible. After all the hype ill give this a chance.

COMMENT | 'hmmmm'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/26/2007 5:47:58 AM

cool production, nice effort, but boring songs. i'll buy it though, they deserve it.

COMMENT | 'hell yeah machine fucking head'
posted by : Trippenstien
3/26/2007 6:03:44 AM

what an album hands down one of the best bands around at the moment from america holy shit this album rocked

posted by : kornholio
3/26/2007 6:05:37 AM

8.5 imo. a ton of cool riffs, precise musicianship and good songwriting but it kinda lacks the certain "punch" of a truly great thrash record. definitely better than Empire, and i think their next album will be better than Blackening.

posted by : Kood
3/26/2007 6:06:48 AM

This album is amazing, I give it a definate 10.

COMMENT | 'Don Kaye may be our...'
posted by : Das Schuetzenfest
3/26/2007 6:11:48 AM

...misfortune, but this review is pretty accurate,
except for two points:

1) The Burning Red was a horrible, horrible album.
2) Are 'we' really looking at "'tallica" these days? Not me.

9/10 ...And Justice For Machine Head.
I still hope this album can be topped - we're looking at you, TESTAMENT.

COMMENT | '9.5 ??? give me a break!'
posted by : J.Jay
3/26/2007 6:12:29 AM

This album is ok but far from anything special. I liked Through The Ashes much better than this one. This got boring pretty quickly.

COMMENT | 'you would think...'
posted by : LurkingInTheShadowOfTheBlues
3/26/2007 6:14:14 AM

a band that took their name from a Deep Purple album would be something I'd like, but guess what... I don't... not a fan of this type of metal guys... sorry... so when is the next Symphony X record coming out?

posted by : ThrashBeast
3/26/2007 6:17:42 AM

SHIT! I'm so sick of the fuss about this album. Metalreview just gave it nearly perfect score. But I still maintain my opinion. Does catchiness mean greatness? FUCK NO.

posted by : Dr Doom
3/26/2007 6:22:23 AM


COMMENT | 'Unbelievably good'
posted by : Metalex
3/26/2007 6:27:25 AM

Months ago, Robb Flynn promised that this album was going to be Machine Head's "Master Of Puppets". Well, that's a bold claim - but I have to say he isn't far off.

I was one of the few that never really liked "Through The Ashes Of Empires". No matter how many times I put it on, I just don't think it gels. There's undoubtedly some good moments, but far too many mediocre moments too.

After the first couple of listens of "The Blackening", I was worried Machine Head had released another average album. A couple more listens revealed the truth. This is damn fine album. In fact, that's a lie, it's a truly great album. Not quite "Master Of Puppets", but I'm already convinced it's easily the best thrash album this decade.

9.5 and rising

COMMENT | 'Totally OVERATED album!'
posted by : MODULATOR
3/26/2007 6:37:15 AM

I was very big fan of first two MH releases ("Burn My Eyes" and "The More Things Change...") and I somehow liked "The Burning Red" and "Supercharger" in sense of best albums in nu/metalcore category.
Then I heard 'Imperium' (top 10 MH song) and my hopes for them rises again, but "Through Ashes Of Empire" was just average album from a band that unsuccessfuly tryin' to capture sound from their first releases.
Same thing is with "The Blackening"...


COMMENT | 'well'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/26/2007 6:51:40 AM

nice riffs
long songs

shitty vocal melodies
no catchiness
a few terrible tracks (wolves = worst mh track ever)

their first 3 three records were way better. the blackening may be metal, but it's definitely not a master piece. if you think so, just listen to some ol' metallica or megadeth, and you'll see the difference.

posted by : suffersystem
3/26/2007 6:59:16 AM

This would get a nine from me. Great album and a defenite hard hitter. It's not a ten but deserves IMO to be up there following a close second.

COMMENT | 'Believe it or not'
posted by : RimsenForce
3/26/2007 7:10:54 AM

but Don Kaye used to know his metal...some 20 years ago. Nowadays we get to read hyped up reviews on soso albums like this. This is just so far away from what Machine Head did 10 years ago qualitywise. This is nothing. Machine Head is still lost on what to do with their talent. C´mon - grunge is a stillborn genre, don´t even go there! If you wanna thrash? Then f**king go ahead and thrash! Don´t drive on the middle of the road! Take the left hand path...

posted by : lostinfaith343
3/26/2007 7:26:03 AM

to me its no master of puppets it feels more like their and justice for all..solid cd...but still wayt too hooked on the new chimaira

COMMENT | 'Great album, but...'
posted by : Superseitan
3/26/2007 7:38:32 AM

not Machine Heads best. BME and TTAOE are both better. Better yet it's the best realese so far this year, and will probably hit my number one spot...


COMMENT | 'MAD PROPS to Awesome FUking Band.....'
posted by : jsoto12
3/26/2007 7:44:09 AM

I gave the record 9 , I would of gave it a 10 if it wasnt for the fact its 8 songs and they realeasing another version of the cd across the seas with 1 or two more songs written for it.. the only song i didnt like was Wolves . with that said they did there best and probably could of done even better but thats probably gona be the next album ... this is no Master Of Puppets but its their version of And Justice For All... i wish they didnt name the title Blackening because then people gona say they trying to be like Metallica when they arent... Mad props to them for a freaking awesome record... and yeah i have the chimaira new cd to and its hard to choose which one is gona be my favorite album of the year.. but until Testament realease there new album if its this year theres gona be some tought calls on which of these release is gona be the album of the year ....

COMMENT | 'awesome'
posted by : Satyr
3/26/2007 7:45:12 AM

their best record in years. i love it. better than ttaoe and close to burn my eyes. 9/10. i feel sorry for those that don't accept what they did with supercharger and tbr and now only say shit about them. you lose

posted by : staylow
3/26/2007 8:10:58 AM

I reviewed this album for Treehouse of Death, and also gave it a 9.5. This review is dead on, and this ablum deserves every damn bit of praise it receives.

COMMENT | 'sales'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/26/2007 8:23:19 AM

how big can it sell ?
20.000 first week ?

posted by : En_Gris
3/26/2007 8:59:49 AM

Before you give this review all too much thought, please remember that it is a Roadrunner release..

COMMENT | 'masterpiece'
posted by : ToBeAnnounced
3/26/2007 9:27:30 AM

of today. enough said.

posted by : troublemass
3/26/2007 9:40:23 AM

"Clenching The Fists..." gives me chills. Been a long time since a new release did that to me. And "Wolves", the one song not mentioned in the review, is just ridiculous.

Best MFH since "Burn My Eyes"? I say better. This is a classic, a 10 in my book.

COMMENT | 'Machine Fucking HEad'
posted by : Defiler82
3/26/2007 9:43:23 AM

I gave it a 10.
This is the Master Of Puppets of this generation.

COMMENT | 'yes'
posted by : Dirt Junior
3/26/2007 9:58:26 AM rules!

posted by : ovacord9
3/26/2007 10:24:37 AM

i love this album

COMMENT | '8/10'
posted by : schatten
3/26/2007 10:25:59 AM

A very good metal album but not of the quality as i expected it to be after the pre-release hype by rob flynn and some media. I can tell you why this is my summary:

"we had so many great riff ideas that the songs became longer and longer" - yeah, and that´s how the songs came out at last in some cases: patchwork. Take the opener "fists of dissent", sorry guys, this is realy knitting 24 ideas together and call it a song.

robs singing - i agree with some comments above, the singing was fine for one or two records (shouting and whispering), but it gets boring on record 3 and 4 and 5 and beyond. and of course, the melodies in most cases are too cheesy. "This is my last gooooodbahaaaayyyyy" - OMFuG!! :D

As is said, still better than 80% of the stuff released out there, but no "masterpiece" IMHO


COMMENT | 'ups and downs...'
posted by : \m/...Baron Von Wasteland...\m/
3/26/2007 10:27:58 AM

This has been a good metal band on and off.
Loved the first, Bought the Burning Red and loved that for a while, stopped listening to them, now I read this...

I'll let you all know...

posted by : MelodicRockHater
3/26/2007 10:41:37 AM

Overrated, over-hyped, over, over, over.

That's the word that summarizes what surrounded this album in terms of promotion and press/fans responses: OVER.

You all think it's awesome now. You won't think the same in three or maybe even less years.

It doesn't live up to the hype.

posted by : Metalex
3/26/2007 10:44:06 AM

"Before you give this review all too much thought, please remember that it is a Roadrunner release.."

If you don't trust this review as being impartial, then I suggest you check out the other dozen reviews available on the web. Oh look... the majority of them give it a good review as well.

COMMENT | 'The Blackening'
posted by : acmich77
3/26/2007 10:51:50 AM

Usually, I think Don Kaye is a Roadrunner fanboy who rates records along company lines. But with this album, he's nailed it. Its the strongest record from this record since Burn My Eyes. "Aesthetics" is the best song I've heard from the band.
This one tops the new Chimaira album (after the title track, the album is solid at best), and it's gonna take something huge to top The Blackening.

COMMENT | 'by far'
posted by : Alucard2012_A.D.
3/26/2007 10:54:04 AM

The best MH album written.

COMMENT | 'kickass machine head album'
posted by : BrettFavreSucks
3/26/2007 11:12:11 AM

This is so much better than the last Slayer record. Eyes of the Insane is the most boring song ever and I dno't blame Kerry King being pissed he won a grammy for it.

But anyways, this album is definitely their best since Burn My Eyes. Both are different animals so time will tell which one I like better. Ashes was a great comeback album and this one is a middle finger to all the haters that doubted them.

I really think Phil Demmell brought back all their integrity.

3/26/2007 11:15:17 AM

Haha masterpiece? Angra, Dream Theater, Symphony X etc write masterpieces. That being said, this is a decent album.

COMMENT | 'Don Kaye is our misfortune......'
posted by : Icewind Dale
3/26/2007 11:20:14 AM

However Machine head indeed kick ass. I have not heard this yet but their last one was good. Until my wife set it and about 50 other cd's of mine on the ledge of a car wash a few years ago. Sob.

posted by : thefriedpiper
3/26/2007 11:27:45 AM

they do good covers

COMMENT | 'I give it a nine'
posted by : DittoHead74
3/26/2007 11:27:48 AM

I have listen to the Blackening about 5 times now, so it's not enough to know the songs enough but it seems to be a dawn good album, way better than any new acts (LOG, Killswitch...) put out these days. Maybe I'm getting too old but the best stuff to come out seems to be released by old band (Slayer, Exodus, Machine Head, Testament)

I agree with those who said, this is MH attempt to recreate And Justice 2007. The song's lenght, the prog influences... Just have to get more familiar with the album to see if it can stands the test of time the way And Justice has stood to this day.

posted by : subzero
3/26/2007 11:45:10 AM

A solid 9. Not going to be my Album Of The Year (which is pretty much guaranteed to be Resurrection), but an excellent listen nonetheless.

posted by : RiotAct666
3/26/2007 11:49:16 AM

I'll give it a 10.

COMMENT | 'Overhyped'
posted by : Bimkin
3/26/2007 11:52:01 AM

Not the new Puppets, but still fkin awesome. It definitely gets better the more you listen to it (10 minute songs take some getting into). Halo is now one of my favourite MH songs ever. The guys have all raised their game as well, some of the guitar interplay is amazing, great riffs too! Wolves at 4.28 is sick!

8.5/10 - on a par with Burn My Eyes

COMMENT | 'ZZZZzzzzzzzzz...'
posted by : fergrhtght6789
3/26/2007 12:00:08 PM

Say NO to nu and mallcore !!!

That is it.

posted by : Hoodly
3/26/2007 12:02:58 PM

Few things.....

*But boring songs* someone many times did u actually listen to it?.....its FAR for boring! boring is somthing that sends you to sleep

Also the guy talking bout Deep purple and not into this *kind* of metal....well don't fucking post if you don't like this kind lol!!

*unsuccessfuly tryin' to capture sound from their first releases* another one said....just like to say its FAR from burn my eyes to say myself....and sounds quite different from burn my eyes, they're just taking things to a new level and trying different things

I know everyone is giving they're own opinon but please say the right thing and stop making some random shit up

Love this album....defo 10! tons of riffs...long songs and keeps u listening! keep them comin machine head!!

COMMENT | 'problem'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/26/2007 12:09:16 PM

the cd is good, but we expect more from those guys. to me, they're the best metal act with chimaira right now, so i really wanted them to top BME. they didnt, but it's WAY BETTER than any recent slayer/lamb of god/unearth/killswitch engage garbage.

COMMENT | 'Through the Ashes was better'
posted by : MHank
3/26/2007 12:21:15 PM

This album is good, but doesn't seem to have the ferocity TTAOE had.

COMMENT | 'It rocks.'
posted by : Imperium74
3/26/2007 12:22:23 PM

This album is a solid 10. A TRUE METAL CD. Compared to all the bland metal releases lately, I must say that this album put most to shame. Thank God Machine Head came out with this album. In this Rap heavy MTV generation metal has benn lost.

Maybe with CD's like this, Metal may get a new life.

posted by : suicidal maniacyco
3/26/2007 12:39:22 PM

A lot of positive comments on Blabbermouth. That's something you don't see every day. Killer album btw, gave it a 9.

COMMENT | 'good album'
posted by : RainManX16
3/26/2007 12:41:56 PM


And wheres the Daath review? that CD is pretty damn good.
They could be huge.

COMMENT | 'Good album, but too hyped'
posted by : evilheart
3/26/2007 12:58:05 PM


I liked this album better than "Through The Ashes Of The Empire," BUT there is just to much hype about it. I will give in an 8.

posted by : cma3585
3/26/2007 1:25:40 PM

if you take out the 1's and 2's people gave this album simply to be assholes, the average user rating is almost 9.2. that's pretty dead on right there.

posted by : mc666isking
3/26/2007 1:51:03 PM

it's a fine album. i gave it a 9. along with Slayers Christ Illusion, it's one of the best comebacks of recent years.

posted by : Steve Guttenberg
3/26/2007 1:54:29 PM





COMMENT | 'Ummm ONE question'
posted by : azagothoth78
3/26/2007 2:00:51 PM

How have MOST of you guys heard this record in its entirety? What store is selling this album right now?

From what I have heard I like so far, I hope the rest of the album is as good as "asthetics of hate". I really hope this is comparable to BME.

COMMENT | 'Guttenberg'
posted by : DittoHead74
3/26/2007 2:04:05 PM

Maybe I should try Vio-Lence again, because I listened a few time to Eternal Nightmare back in the day and found the music decent but like Voivod, I was barely able to listen to the vocals and in Voivod's case I'm a "Québécois"

posted by : madeinquebec
3/26/2007 2:08:22 PM

Maybe I'm a fool but I love the Burning Red and really like "Supercharger". Plus all his songs from RRUnited.

Sue me....................


COMMENT | 'azagothth'
posted by : DittoHead74
3/26/2007 2:10:07 PM

It isn't comparable to Burn My Eyes. To me, Burn My Eyes was a blend of South Of Heaven, Beaneath The Remains, Arise and Master Of Puppets. It has the melodies of MOP and SOH but with a touch of Sepultura.

This one is more like TTAOE but with more progressive song structures. It is closest to And Justice For All than Burn My Eyes. The songs are longer, the arrangements more complex. It's Machine Head mixed with element from Old Rush or Operation Mindcrime.

posted by : trust no one
3/26/2007 2:11:03 PM

You put it better than anyone. I too was a huge fan of the first two records, particuliarly BME, it and TMTC, were just flat out crushing, hungry sounding, dangerous sounding, all that shit....

The Burning Red and Supercharger were good, good at what they were, better than any of the other records of that "genre". The still maintained MH identity, in a sense, particuliarly Supercharger, which I thing is better than Burning Red, which I thought was half of a good record, at best.

I ve heard Empires alot.... It had moments that were great but nothing that really stood out, and the vox was pretty much hiliarious. Average. I am not saying that they are bad or shitty players or anything like that. They are technically great, they can play alot of notes and are well versed in dexterity and all that, but the SONGWRITING is not there, the hooks and groove and shit are just lacking. The Blackening following that same path as Empires...

MH were great on those earlier records because they kept it simple. Burn MY eyes was just crushing with hooks and everything....

I know that it is totally in fashion and trendy to single out aptitude as the new mark of what makes a band good, but think of the songs, they are long, and flashy, and have alot of notes in them, and are heavy, but they are not that good.

COMMENT | 'Vio-Lence'
posted by : ColdBLoodyChrist
3/26/2007 2:20:54 PM

the vocals ruined that band, i also like the music, but can not stand the voice. If you put flynn in it would be much better. But considering the releases by Machine Head; Fuck Vio-lence, i would rather MH still be around.

COMMENT | '9 sounds about right'
posted by : karma2burn
3/26/2007 2:25:58 PM

this is a awesome album but still gonna have to say that Chimaria - Ressurection tops it. still one of the years best so far.

COMMENT | 'The Return of the Metal ...This is how it''s done "Kiddies"'
posted by : mesobuku
3/26/2007 2:26:17 PM


Deep, complex and allows you to appreciate it more and more with each listen.

This is one of those releases that prove in time to be a watermark for metal. Quality release. This is what a Metal album should be. Can't wait to see the other bands jump on to MH's lead here... They did it in 1994 and they're doing it again in 2007.

Take note "kiddies" this is a metal record, pure and simple....


COMMENT | '"The Blackening"'
posted by : Mon Star P Ness
3/26/2007 2:29:56 PM

Their best EVER!!!!!


COMMENT | 'booo'
posted by : King Dime
3/26/2007 2:33:02 PM

Overrated shite. These guys were and still are fucking Scene Hoppers. Just like 80% of the Roadrunner roster. No wonder Kaye reviewed this one, he doesn't mind sucking the Roadrunner teet and throwing shitty-ass albums good reviews.
Fuck Machine Head! Talentless aggro-metal wannabes.


COMMENT | 'definitely worth it'
posted by : shatterzer0
3/26/2007 2:33:33 PM

pretty sweet album all the way through

posted by : MODULATOR
3/26/2007 2:36:57 PM

Looks like you and I are belong to minority in this case.
Still, facts are fact - this album is solid but OVERATED!

And to the people who gives this album 10 (!!!): I just hope that you are bunch of jokers!

3/26/2007 2:37:43 PM

Complex? HAHAHAHA!

COMMENT | 'Really good...'
posted by : davo666
3/26/2007 2:47:48 PM

...I dunno why this cd made me want to listen to Chimaira :S

COMMENT | 'Metalex'
posted by : phiissik
3/26/2007 2:52:20 PM

This album is indeed a very very good album.

But thrash? No. Thrash it is not.

COMMENT | 'davo666'
posted by : phiissik
3/26/2007 2:53:01 PM

I don't really know either, considering Chimaira are little more than a third-rate Machine Head wannabe.

posted by : trust no one
3/26/2007 3:11:38 PM

I would give this album a 6 or 7 easily. Thats NOT bad. I like Machine Head. You are right, very overrated.

posted by : SterileEyes
3/26/2007 3:37:53 PM


More consistent than Through The Ashes of Empires...but it's hard to top Imperium and Season's Wither.

The only reason its not a 10/10 is because the chorus in "Slanderous" is so lame - "I hate my father why do I hate myself"...please.

Other than that, a damn fine effort. Color me impressed.

And um, why isn't this band headlining Ozzfest/why are they opening for Trivium?

COMMENT | 'A very good release but....'
posted by : Straycat
3/26/2007 3:38:13 PM

i think it's a bit overrated!

COMMENT | 'Overrated!'
posted by : brir
3/26/2007 3:41:57 PM

Yep, they deserve credit for really doing their own thing and not bowing to any pressure to deliver a radio friendly product. There is some great stuff on here, but there just didn't appaer to be anything that would make me say 'i HAVE to hear that again.' Bands need to learn to stop overhyping their upcoming records, cause it sets up unrealistic expectations! So, decent record, some great riffs, but way overhyped!!

COMMENT | 'Oh and also'
posted by : SterileEyes
3/26/2007 3:45:26 PM

There is NOTHING over-rated about "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent".

It crushes for 10 and a half minutes. I'd like to see Lamb of God pull something like that off. Oh, wait, they can't.

COMMENT | 'Guys,'
posted by : Khasm
3/26/2007 3:55:05 PM

I'm going to have to say this is the best Machine Head album ever, it's crushing at the right times, the songs are well written, and the tempo and time changes are classic Machine Head meets new school American Metal. I'm not a huge fan of bands like Lamb of God, Trivium, or Metal core like Killswitch and God Forbid, but MH seems to be taken a cue from them and adding a bit of that sound to their arsenel. It's like they've taken the best elements of late 80's thrash and new school metalcore and melded them into a MH record. Better than Burn my Eyes, and The more things change. To be honest, The Burning Red was a nu-metal album, but it was pretty catchy. Supercharger doesn't exist to me, worst album I've ever purchased.

posted by : Lobsterman Versus Encyclopedia
3/26/2007 3:56:36 PM

LOL...I've had this for months but I haven't even listened to it yet. Oh well, maybe I'll get around to it one of these days.

COMMENT | 'CD of the Decade!'
posted by : dissolution
3/26/2007 4:02:12 PM

This CD is nothing short of amazing. It takes some time to digest but god damn it is good!!! The guitar work is austounding, the bass is fucking off the hook, drums are amazing!! The vocals are the best I've ever heard....

They sound like they want it again. They are going on 1000% right now. Its like Machine Head on steroids.

posted by : pyroleprechaun2
3/26/2007 4:36:39 PM

not bad, but very overrated


posted by : Kickenitwithkeiser
3/26/2007 4:41:51 PM

I cant wait to get this album, i saw them saturday night and they fucken owned, 2 new songs they played were awesome. I actually have the blacking shirt on right now

COMMENT | 'Brutal.'
posted by : BRINE B
3/26/2007 4:43:01 PM

Not much else you can say about it. I'm a casual Machine Head fan. They've got some good shit. But, this one is a whole different animal. Very good cd. Blows their whole catalogue away. They shot their load with this one.

Very impressed, I am.

COMMENT | 'Oh give me a break'
posted by : phildickian
3/26/2007 5:07:08 PM

"it's fitting that MACHINE HEAD — who waged an often lonely battle to keep its identity through metal's ups and downs — have topped them all and set the standard for the next big return to form"

keep its identity through metal's ups and downs!!??

give me a break, this band has done mediocre thrash, laughable rapcore, generic metalcore, and now they are trying to be a brutaller cup of tea now that the more extreme acts are coming up for air...this is ridiculous, rob flynn is a poser, as well as an idiot, and machine head does not deserve to be named after a deep purple album at all. whatever it takes to be cool? fuck that, stick to your guns

COMMENT | 'If you think this album sucks....'
posted by : chronis1420
3/26/2007 5:21:17 PM

You're the most close minded person in the history of metal.

With songs such as Clenching the Fists of Dissent, Beautiful Mourning, Aesthetics of Hate, Slanderous, Halo, and Wolves this is album is really worth buying believe me it's album of the year along with Type O Negative and new Chimaira.


posted by : chronis1420
3/26/2007 5:23:26 PM

type o's suck and no not the band.

posted by : Troutman
3/26/2007 5:35:55 PM

Highly overrated and nowhere near Burn my Eyes, much less Master of Puppets or And Justice.
There's nothing new here, and besides 2 or 3 good moments it just sounds generic. It sounds heavy and it's well played, but if you don't have songwriting to match, it just doesn't cut it.
It's like MH is trying to imitate their imitators (Lamb of God, etc).
This kind of sound is completely worn out. For some really heavy sound I much rather listen to European bands: Napalm Death, Satyricon, COF, Entombed, Samael, Jesu, etc. The States have been putting out very good (and original) "metal" but in total different approaches: Mastodon, ISIS, Neurosis, Pelican, Red Sparowes.
Let's all hope that Testament comes up with something better than this and up to par with their old works.

posted by : mach
3/26/2007 5:44:52 PM

An absolute Masterpiece. Their best work, and some of the BEST metal I've heard!!! Period!

posted by : Shakezulah
3/26/2007 6:12:21 PM

This album is extremely good. I don't see how anyone could not like this...It gets a 10 from me.

posted by : slayer_fucking_rules
3/26/2007 6:18:32 PM

Chimaira "resurection" is better. Enough said.
Vio-lence was cool though but that was 17 years ago.

posted by : Anus, slayer of the gods
3/26/2007 6:25:42 PM

Normally, I can't stand Machine Head..
But the music on this album is quite alright.. Not my cup o’ Earl Grey though..
But its alright..
Still, that does not change the fact that I could poop in a can, and it would still sound better, more aggressive and less forced than the vocals of Roberta Flynn!


COMMENT | 'Killer Album'
posted by : Hard Rod
3/26/2007 7:02:29 PM

Ok it’s been a long time since anything gave me goose bumps, but at about 1min 43sec of Clenching The Fists Of Dissent, I got em. Remember hearing Fight Fire With Fire the first time? Chills! This album is fast, furious and heavy, every thing that is great metal. I gave it a 9, but Burn My Eyes is still my favourite, its my second favourite album of all time, I'll give that one a 9 1/2. Cause there is only one 10, and that my friends is Reign In Blood. I saw Machine Head open for Trivium and Lamb Of God, last Sunday, they were killer, by far these guys should have been the headliner.

COMMENT | 'This album is tits!'
posted by : Guy's Dogg
3/26/2007 7:04:15 PM

Fucking unbelievably mind blowing record! Haven't stopped listening to it for 2 months now. I'm buying multiple copies tomorrow when it goes on sale! Just because it kicks such an insane amount of ass... its worth buying 2 or 3 times. I'm pouring my support on to Machine Head. They Fucking Rule!

COMMENT | 'trust no one'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/26/2007 7:17:50 PM

trust no one, i cant agree more with you on mh's career.

posted by : tenplex
3/26/2007 7:28:00 PM

What a surprise to everyone!

A roadrunner record getting a high rating! Amazing!

Funny how before the album was even out, it was being called a masterpiece and no one heard it except Roadrunner executives. Now a review on Blab that is calling it one of the greatest albums ever made.

Well, I heard it, it is not even close to the best album ever made. It's not even close to the best metal album ever made. Sometimes I just hate the bullshit reviews and slanted news stories on this site.

COMMENT | 'Jeezus Christ..'
posted by : spaztekmofo
3/26/2007 7:39:20 PM

Half of you kids were still in diapers when Burn My Eyes came out - give respect where its due !

Great fucking album - I've been waiting for weeks for the BM review so I could comment on it. Definitely classic already.

COMMENT | '9.5??'
posted by : Cloud Connected
3/26/2007 7:42:18 PM

Lets see:

Burn My Eyes- Good album, but nothing but a Pantera-Sepultura rip-off

The More...- not that good album, still on the Pantera-Sepultura bandwagon

The Burning Red- Nu Metal, Rob even wrote a song about child abuse.

Supercharger- Nu Metal, still on the Korn bandwagon

Through...- Forget Nu Metal no one likes it anymore. Jumps on the "true metal" bandwagon

The Blackening- Still on the "true metal" bandwagon

Whats the next trend you're gonna jump on Rob?

COMMENT | 'Oh I Forgot'
posted by : Cloud Connected
3/26/2007 7:44:32 PM

It's a Roadrunner release, of course it would get a 9plus...

COMMENT | 'Anyway, this "True Metal" is garbage....'
posted by : trust no one
3/26/2007 8:13:41 PM

Why is it that this supposed true metal in 2007, sounds so much like emo?

posted by : toadload
3/26/2007 9:09:26 PM

This is incredible. How STARVED are we for metal that we call this a9 or a 10? Good timing to release this cd when there are no other real metal bands releasing at this moment. "Following an aritstic TREND" is more realistic with this band. I say 7 out of 10 max. They were really groundbreaking once for sure.

COMMENT | 'best metal album since vulger display of power'
posted by : colts rule
3/26/2007 9:14:58 PM

Any fan of metal should like this record, I have over 3,000 metal cds. Everything for Black Sabbath to dimmu borgir to slayer,overkill,mcrew,lamb of god,maiden,trivium,death,inflames,well you get my point. From start to finish its amazing it takes of a journeyand doesnt let go.i give a 10/10 its what metal should be. Been a fan since 94,seen mh 32 times all their records are at least an 8 but supercharger is my least fav,saw violence once in 88 with testament when 14.Welcome to mh phil thanks for bringing that thrash vibe back and great solos i dont think mh would be nearly as good with out phil in the band. And its good to see roadrunner promoting this record. But you get this cd if all you listen metalcore itll above yourhead.

COMMENT | '10 all the way'
posted by : blabber_scum
3/26/2007 9:15:09 PM

This album kills its truely the 'master of puppets' of this decade

COMMENT | 'Badass record!!'
posted by : ptmmetalman
3/26/2007 9:23:09 PM

I listened to this record and thought i'd judge it for what it is.......
And guess what to the immature nappy fucking dickwods?
It could be the album of there career! Fucking badass!!

Greetings from the U.k

COMMENT | 'Mistake'
posted by : ptmmetalman
3/26/2007 9:25:58 PM

Meant 'their' career

COMMENT | 'ok'
posted by : Bloodbathh
3/26/2007 9:31:41 PM

I was into MH's first two records. A friend picked that abmoniation that is Burning Red...I instantly dropped them from the radar.
This record does seem to be a step in the right direction, if unfocused.
Considering how terrible amercian metal has been for the last 10 years (emo/mallcore/numetal offspring) this is a good release. However, saying that this is some metal masterpiece is off base.

I guess if I never got into Death/Black/Thrash metal and was only exposed to NuMetal/Emomallcore junk I would think this was a masterpiece too.

COMMENT | '10'
posted by : machineaction
3/26/2007 9:45:18 PM

It's a 10 not because it crushes, but because its the best metal release in recent memory. An island oasis in a sea of regurgitated shit that's all samey-same.

COMMENT | 'LeT Down!'
posted by : Deblaze
3/26/2007 9:52:47 PM

This new MH is so over hyped. Ya it's fast and heavy, sure there's couple riffs in the old skool Violence theme but that's it. The songs aren't very good and Robbs vocals are really weak on this cd. OVER IT GIVE ME THE NEW CHIMARIA A MUCH STRONGER METAL CD WITHOUT 10 MIN LONG OVER DONE SONGS.

COMMENT | 'hey all'
posted by : Jester Masque
3/26/2007 9:53:27 PM

if you like this album as much as I do please buy it, not to sound like a comercial, please buy it. This is a band that has some potential to really make a dent in the american metal scene and they need support from all their fans

posted by : PH!L Me$$
3/26/2007 10:13:49 PM

it's good, but I cannot get myself to be really impressed with this album, even though I would really love to love it.

COMMENT | 'Chimaira???'
posted by : trust no one
3/26/2007 10:17:10 PM

As I have already said my piece on this record, I will let it stand, but I have to ask.... Why is everyone riding on Chimaira so hard? Are they the new it band or something? I remember them being like 2 out of 5 on a couple of club tours in the late 90s but kind of hold them in the same regard as say Spineshank, or like Darwins waiting Room, or some shit. Have they changed?

What gives?

COMMENT | 'Chimaira?!?!'
posted by : mesobuku
3/26/2007 10:23:31 PM

Chimaira??? aahahahaha!!

They lay awake at night wondering what MH will do next so they can plot their next move. I got $5 that says they they try to jump on the MH tour this year.

It's not Vio-Lence ...It's not BME part II or anything other than a GREAT metal album ...possibly metal album of the year. It grows with each listen.


COMMENT | '^^^^^'
posted by : trust no one
3/26/2007 10:39:53 PM

Chimaira.... I am confused. Are they NOT the 3rd tier garbage, I remember.
Everyone on here is like "blahblahblah.... not as good as the new chimaira."
Thats like some family values tour shit, no?

COMMENT | 'Overrated & Overhyped'
posted by : Sycophant
3/27/2007 1:47:07 AM

I think alot of people are giving this album super-high praise because it's something they want it to be but can't. I checked it out just to see what the big deal was and apart from a slightly more old-school feel there isn't anything special about it. Robb Flynn did a good job self-promoting it by talking publicly about it every 5 minutes and it looks like his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the sheep. "Master Of Puppets"? Please...
This is just another watered-down New Wave Of American Metal album that nobody will remember in 3 years. Wait for the new Immolation or Malevolent Creation albums if you want something that will blow you away.

posted by : hollowground666
3/27/2007 1:56:13 AM

Defiantly not.


posted by : subzero
3/27/2007 2:01:03 AM

Has anyone that bashes the new Chimaira actually listened to it? Probably not.

posted by : glass
3/27/2007 2:08:50 AM

I'll be picking this up tomorrow. The best Machine Head record yet.

COMMENT | 'very good'
posted by : frenchdudadeyfoulek
3/27/2007 3:50:09 AM

waited a album of this quality since NO MORE..

posted by : iammetalNL
3/27/2007 4:33:32 AM

The only thing I don't like is the end of Halo... 8,5

COMMENT | 'Best'
posted by : Bonzi
3/27/2007 4:51:51 AM

This is right up there with the Chimaira album. Id definitely say it's the best of 07 right now.

COMMENT | 'this record is'
posted by : TheGuuff
3/27/2007 5:05:52 AM


COMMENT | 'Huh...'
posted by : Kovaks
3/27/2007 5:30:25 AM

"The More Things Change" was followed by the more market-driven pursuits of "The Burning Red" (which was nevertheless a solid CD)

"The Burning Red" is absolutely horrible.

This album was a pure sellout and the worst record to hit the stores in 1999.

Everything from the production to the shitty Police cover was a hymn to the art of compromise.

I never could listen to another MH record with fresh ears after "The Burning" cause they've been spoiled forever by this "Limp Bizkit wannabe" album...

COMMENT | 'Well Done'
posted by : AllDeadWithin
3/27/2007 8:48:10 AM

Yeah, this is about as close to Master Of Puppets that these dudes are gonna pull off, baring a miracle. That said, this is a fucking rad release. I've had it for over a month now, and while I had to steadily grow into it, it has not left regular rotation in my iPod for weeks. Also, possibly one of the best opening tracks I've ever heard.

I'll give it a nine and hope that they come back through Chicago/Milwaukee again soon.

posted by : Weyland/Yutani
3/27/2007 9:07:53 AM


COMMENT | 'seriosuly'
posted by : Exc_Mat
3/27/2007 9:17:07 AM

really this album is stunning for a metal disc, its not really my thing but i know what to look for in a metal cd and i can see why fans find it appealing, everything is in the right place and production is huge, probably does deserve 9.5, it cant be that bad if everyones ranting about it

COMMENT | 'Fucking Great!'
posted by : DCMetalScene
3/27/2007 9:41:03 AM

I am a MH fan through the years, all records and all the tours... This is a masterpiece, just saw them last night and it was a shame they opened for F*ing Trivium.... should never happen again. "The Blackening" is truely a metal record!

posted by : Sifor
3/27/2007 10:44:25 AM

I got a leaked copy of this awhile back and loved it. I'm definitely gonna buy thus. This album is a freaking masterpiece.

COMMENT | 'Dumbasses!'
posted by : juveallan
3/27/2007 10:59:33 AM

Who cares what you think? Machine Head doesn´t.

Keep masturbating suckers!

COMMENT | 'Dumbasses!'
posted by : juveallan
3/27/2007 10:59:34 AM

Who cares what you think? Machine Head doesn´t.

Keep masturbating suckers!

COMMENT | 'Amazing'
posted by : cozeppelin
3/27/2007 11:23:35 AM

This album is awsome, one of the best albums of the year

COMMENT | 'sucks'
posted by : Diamnrust
3/27/2007 11:43:35 AM

no talent screaming,pot banging,barre chord shit.

COMMENT | 'I agree'
posted by : Strange
3/27/2007 12:31:12 PM

With damn near every word of this review. The album kicks massive amounts of ass!

COMMENT | 'digi'
posted by : budbundy1998
3/27/2007 12:35:21 PM

even though i think it's their worst cd, i'm still a fan and i bought the digipack today
really nice artwork, cool videos, it's worth the price !

COMMENT | 'OK well'
posted by : On They Slay
3/27/2007 12:46:26 PM

This album is very good (9) but doesn't have the naked rage of BME. Let's face it Robb Flynn is a dad now and has mellowed a tad so we are never going to hear another BME so let us be happy that the Vio-lence guitar team are still alive and well and shredding like mofo's.

COMMENT | 'Definitely one of the best of 2007'
posted by : jamesonjunkie
3/27/2007 12:47:44 PM

This album is crushingly awesome from the first note to the last. I love Through The Ashes Of Empires, and I'm not saying this is better than that album because I think that album was a superior return to form over Supercrap and The Burning Red, but this album is in another place altogether.

COMMENT | 'OK They SLay'
posted by : BrettFavreSucks
3/27/2007 1:05:48 PM

Rob Flynn mellowed out? I guess you didn't hear Aesthetics of Hate.

I'm not saying u (ok they slay) but its funny how the haters fucking whine that its new wave of american heavy metal which it isn't or trying to compare it to Vio-Lence. Sorry but the vocalist from Vio-lence had shitty ass generic vocals. Stop trying to act all underground.

COMMENT | 'Vio-lence?'
posted by : trust no one
3/27/2007 1:36:26 PM

Vio-lence is lame, dude.

COMMENT | 'BrettFavreSucks & trust no one'
posted by : On They Slay
3/27/2007 2:39:28 PM

You chaps need to clean your ears out and establish the meaning of true bay area thrash - first Metallica, Exodus, Defiance etc and then Testament, Vio-Lence, Death Angel......I could go on.

Aesthetics is the closest I have heard to thrash from the MH camp but let's not get too carried away with the past and look forward to some killer MH shows this year.

COMMENT | 'Vio-lence'
posted by : And Then There Were None
3/27/2007 2:56:23 PM

Eternal Nightmare was a stone-cold killer.

the vocals were polarizing but once/if you got used to them, you could appreciaite the viciousness that Killian exuded.

and he had pretty cool lyrics:

"This ain't a church and I ain't no priest
So save it for the funeral to be....

And you can see me on your public TV
Sports jacket, cool tie, and wheeling out the body"

-- "Calling In The Coroner"

gotta love that.

even if you hated Killian's nasaly tone (many did/do) the riffs were killer.

you need a box of industrial-size Q-tips if you don't like the music on Eternal Nightmare.


COMMENT | '10/10'
posted by : hammerpunch
3/27/2007 2:57:32 PM

long songs and an incredible massive riffage is what this record is.. it took about 4,5 listens before i started understand things cause the songs is do damn long but hell.. this record is a great effort from my heroes since 6 years back.. come to stockholm and tear shit up with these fantastic new songs!!!

machine fucking head!!!

COMMENT | 'Could have been a really good album except...'
posted by : Krane
3/27/2007 3:29:13 PM

Terrible cheesy pop melodies.

COMMENT | 'The first 3 records...'
posted by : karlmetalhead
3/27/2007 3:45:58 PM

range from good to average. I really despise everything after and including Supercharger... does anyone else remember all the hype that surrounded the release of Burn My Eyes (that led to the $1million debt to Roadrunner that caused Flynn & co to go nu metal) Well, it kinda feels like the same thing is happening again...

COMMENT | 'asdf'
posted by : ballsmccrackin
3/27/2007 5:26:13 PM

"(that led to the $1million debt to Roadrunner that caused Flynn & co to go nu metal)"

Hahaha, where the fuck did you get that story from. Your buddy down the street isn't a credible source. LOL

Great record. Fuck the haters.

posted by : killerman
3/27/2007 5:29:01 PM

What an amazing record. They really outdid themselves this time. I don't understand all the shit-talking. Those people must listen to power metal or something lame like that.

COMMENT | 'What a killer!!!!'
posted by : josh666yeager
3/27/2007 6:00:38 PM

This album is fuckin amazing! Easily the album of the year hands down. A fuckin 10!! Masterpiece

COMMENT | 'a m a z i n g'
posted by : vicarious462
3/27/2007 6:30:07 PM

yeah this album kills.
i was never that big of a machine head fan.
but the last 2 albums they put out have changed my view on them and now i love them. this album is great. a masterpiece.

COMMENT | 'There isn''t A thing I don''t like about this album...'
posted by : \m/...Baron Von Wasteland...\m/
3/27/2007 6:42:42 PM

Listening to it now. Halo is quite possibly the perfect metal song. Fuck it. I said it. So be it. I've been listening to metal a long time. I'm entitled to enchant a little truth upon you all.

tenplex, Don't let the label hostility blind youir opinion. Give it another go. It's worth it. I haven't listened to Machine Head since The Burning Red. I loved that and I loved how they broke the album up with a Police cover.

Nicely done. If we are only allowed 5 marks of 10 a year, then this could very well be my first used for 2007.

For now I give it a 9.

COMMENT | 'Why?'
posted by : BruceisGod
3/27/2007 6:46:59 PM

Granted this is a great album but why is'nt roadrunner pushing the shit out of it? The week it can chart its $14.99 at best buy! Why is'nt it $9.99 or even $11.99? SPV had New Type O- at $11.99 it charted. C'mon man! Nickelback would have been $1.99!

posted by : slayer_fucking_rules
3/27/2007 6:48:05 PM


posted by : jackcake
3/27/2007 7:09:54 PM

What's that? A Toadrunner album given top marks on Blabbermouth? Never!

Machine Head fail.

COMMENT | 'Message to all the shit-talkers'
posted by : recluso
3/27/2007 8:24:29 PM

Give it a week. This album is monumental. Your comments are fucking weak and pointless. We'll let the press and sales show you what the fuck is up. The Blackening is THE metal album of this decade!

COMMENT | 'fuck off elitist metal head already.....damn'
posted by : reamkore
3/27/2007 8:31:31 PM

you know what i do with acts/albums i dont like??????
i dont give a shit about them
But you whiney little bitches come and wast your time talkin shit
its sad really, I listen to alot of metal and dont care for for alot of metal. that is what is so great about this music its so fuckin adaptable that no heads CD collection is gonna look the same.

That being said this album fucking owns, ive had the leaked copy for two months and have not stopped listening to it. Runs such a gauntlet of mood and does not get old. I know im regurgating what has been said but for me a Masterpiece and i cant think of the last album to take ahold me like this......maybe since far beyond driven and shit thats 13 years...damn im gettin old.


and again to anybody that doesnt like this album.

If one man
Had one home
In one world
Held live alone without variety
Full of anxiety
No one to point at, question
Or even talk to -- in his private grave
No matter what color
He wouldn't be saved from hell
He dwells
A closed mind playing the part of prison cells

posted by : magmetal6
3/27/2007 8:41:45 PM

Dude this is the Album of the year, with Chimaira's Ressurection comming in at a close 2nd. All you who think that the only reason its has a really high rating because of the blabbermouth and roadrunner ties are really stupid. Go check out the reviews on metal hammer, kerang!, metal edge, Decibel, and and all of those sites gave it a 9 or 10. This is the best album since burn my eyes!

COMMENT | 'Excellent'
posted by : theinfinity7s
3/27/2007 9:10:45 PM

I can't wait to hear this now. I have always had a place in my heart for machine head and am glad that Rob did not lose his way.

On another note, I still find it hard to believe (....ok on this board....I find it hard to understand) why everyone hates "The Burning Red" so much. OK, sure it's Nu-metal or whatever the idiots like to sterotype metal, but it was a perfect leek for kids and others to branch out of the Nu-metal scene. Just starting with that Album for some guy who only listened to Korn before, will find that Album to be likable. This will then turn the kid to check out previous albums by Machine Head. Then he'll devise ideas that tell him not to listen to what MTV tells him. You should atleast give it credit. Rob was probably under so much pressure aswell.

and personally "supercharger" was the worst. Not saying it was bad but just felt very mediocre.

COMMENT | 'ten and rising if possible'
posted by : evilcannibal
3/27/2007 9:43:16 PM

if you don´t like this kind of music why do you evn bother. Angra? Symphony X? Who f..kin cares? And to all you "metalheads" who cares about labels and what the music is haven´t been in the game too long have you! I´m sure yout wearing corpsepaint in bed and that you haven´t moved out of your parents house yet and that you cry if a band isn´t metal enough for you and your twelwe year old boyfriend. Metalcore or whatever, if MH did two numetalrecordings that´s too bad (yeah, at least Superc. was too bad) but for f..k sake forgive them. look what they have become now. kiss their feet, suck their c..ks if necessary. They are gods now, the best in their genre. I wouldn´t call it thrash but it´s f-ing great. This album is a ten...don´t f..k with me! And the best is that it´s getting better! Loved vio-lence too and i´m not gonna rewiew the new Hammerfall-album!

COMMENT | 'sorry'
posted by : evilcannibal
3/27/2007 9:53:43 PM

Sorry , i´m a retard Swede and i had a litle problems with my gramatics and spelling as seen above but MH made me do it, stressed and pissed at everyone who doesn´t know what metal is because they only listens to Power or black-metal. No one gives it less then 10, ok? I will kill you!!

posted by : raGneG
3/27/2007 10:00:45 PM

This album is over-rated.

COMMENT | 'Holy Crap!!'
posted by : genomyte
3/27/2007 10:51:44 PM

This thing sounds killer...
I am very happy with the direction they chose on this album; it's more on the progressive side than their previous efforts.
Overall, a great addition to their catalog. Although, I found it hard to truly remember some of the songs just after listening to them for the first time, I still liked the song writing... and that may be my only complaint: these songs are so long that they are devoid of some really good hooks. But this isn't pop music, and some of the best albums I've heard have been 'growers'. Just give it repeated listens and it will pay off. A thumbs up for MH this time around.

COMMENT | 'I support this band a lot!'
posted by : p_A_C_OJ
3/27/2007 11:47:58 PM

I've seen machine head the last 2 times they have toured the states and PHENOMINAL SHOW! But FUCK ROADRUNNER FOR SLAPPING A 15 DOLLAR STICKER FOR A NEW RELEASE! I don't care if its metal or not! 15 dollars for a new release is absurd! This is the reason why I didnt get the latest type o negatie cd...give me a break roadrunner, besides they'll prolly end up putting a 'special editon' version to get more money! FUCK YOU!

COMMENT | '^^^^ p_A_C_OJ'
posted by : genomyte
3/28/2007 12:35:16 AM

.. Circuit city had 'Dead Again' it for $8.99 the week it was released and Best Buy had it for $11.99 with a bonus Live CD.
And I agree, $15 does suck... I looked everywhere on-line and no one had it on sale... still a great album from MH

posted by : Rotting Elvis
3/28/2007 12:45:23 AM

6. Without the guitar work, 1.

posted by : Rotting Elvis
3/28/2007 12:47:55 AM

and I thought Type O Negative left Roadrunner?

COMMENT | 'evilcannibal'
3/28/2007 2:39:11 AM

I think you misunderstood me, I like this band...but they are not capable of a masterpiece.

Oh and a lot of people care about those bands, because musically they are exceptional.

posted by : kinyoku
3/28/2007 5:42:46 AM

one of the bands that cares much morefor crunch and precision than feeling.. and since most of metal is played again so many times i can't say i find this interesting

posted by : yltti
3/28/2007 6:45:54 AM

Boring cd. 7/10. "let's make songs with lots of different vibes, like the other bands do..."

posted by : basstard6969
3/28/2007 8:54:26 AM


COMMENT | 'Machine Head the new album i...'
posted by : carcrash
3/28/2007 10:00:53 AM

Bought it first day and wow this album doesn't dissapoint this might be the album of the year all of the tracks are powerful, hopefully this album explodes and goes platinum.

posted by : carcrash
3/28/2007 10:01:15 AM


COMMENT | 'Genius! 10/10'
posted by : In_flames_ep667
3/28/2007 10:42:02 AM

You lot who are slagging off this album, have you actually heard it, listened to it properly? Bet you aint, cos its stellar.

If you idiots want to lock yourself away and blast death/grind/fucking mortician crap 24/7 be my guest, but dont slag something off that you have no real interest in.
Anyone rating this a 1 needs a kick in the teeth.

Its not your music, so shut it.


COMMENT | 'this is'
posted by : k.a.p.
3/28/2007 11:03:08 AM

an excellent album, indeed. no masterpiece, no album of the decade, but easily a 9/10.
gonna buy it when it comes out in europe

COMMENT | 'ok bathoryimmortal'
posted by : basstard6969
3/28/2007 11:12:31 AM

how do you spell it then? Brainchild.

COMMENT | 'Fucking Epic and Must Own'
posted by : catbarf33
3/28/2007 11:16:07 AM

Fuck all you uneducated mallcore diaper wearing gas huffing loozers. This is the metal album of the year, pick it up.

COMMENT | 'Good album'
posted by : Norwegian Soft Rock
3/28/2007 11:21:47 AM

Maybe not "one of the purest, finest, most powerful expressions of modern heavy metal released in this young but already blackened century" (that would apply to This Godless Endeavor by Nevermore) but it's nice to see this band getting this kind of good response because there is still a place for good well written music of this type. I have never been a huge fan of Rob's voice. Just not my cup of tea. For me, I still prefer Chimaira's album, if comparing to some of the more well known releases this year.

posted by : quinardov
3/28/2007 11:31:14 AM

bad ass fucking album!!!!!!!!!!

COMMENT | 'a crushing album'
posted by : bc5
3/28/2007 11:39:52 AM

But I've never heard so many reviews and interviews boasting how long the songs are...who fucking cares if it's 10 minutes or 4 just write a good song....great stuff though

posted by : uh huh
3/28/2007 11:40:49 AM

What an amazing impartial unbiased review!

posted by : bassplaya
3/28/2007 12:05:44 PM

finally they got a ten ton hammer in their heads and did a awesome album!

COMMENT | 'I like it'
posted by : HOD
3/28/2007 4:02:40 PM


COMMENT | 'riiight'
posted by : deathrules
3/28/2007 4:04:15 PM

of course roadrunner has to say it is a 9.5 out of ten or whatever the hell, they are on their label....this is easily the most over-rated band of all time...they are a shapeshifting bunch of losers...they were numetal for a while because it was popular...they started somewhat metal but are still nothing special

posted by : Asathar
3/28/2007 4:08:41 PM

All the ppl who gave this album rating 1 -> You guys are in a wrong place... this is a website about metal music...and if you really think that this album is that bad... then you just don't like metal :P

COMMENT | 'this'
posted by : cjacob6
3/28/2007 4:20:06 PM

this is a good album....great?? no. we must be really desperate for some metal if this is given a 9.5....guitar work is excellent, production is top-notch, but it just is not a fucking masterpeice. the end. i say 7

COMMENT | 'Awesome Album!'
3/28/2007 4:35:20 PM

a solid 9!

COMMENT | 'Carefator 0'
posted by : Rotten_Carcass
3/28/2007 6:39:56 PM

Burn my eyes was great. What followed after was shit. This is better - but its no where near 'masterpiece' status. Ill give it a 5.

COMMENT | 'damn....'
posted by : NATHAN_POOLE
3/28/2007 7:34:20 PM

Say what you like but i love this album. It may not be a masterpiece, but its better than most of the shit thats came out this year. Full marks from me....

oh and Rotting Elvis, Type O are on SPV!

posted by : DeadSkin Mask
3/28/2007 8:14:22 PM

I STill havnt checked this disk out.

Its definatly on my "To-Do" list....

COMMENT | 'this place is full of idiots'
posted by : pine99
3/28/2007 10:45:54 PM

If you don`t recognize this album as a masterpiece you are a fool.
End of story, nothing more to it. A 10 on every level.
A True Masterpiece. ALL HAIL THE FRONTLINES!!!!!!!!!!!

COMMENT | 'oh yeah'
posted by : pine99
3/28/2007 10:47:38 PM

all hail Don Kaye!

COMMENT | 'Not heard it yet'
posted by : Aggroculture
3/28/2007 11:42:57 PM

But when Kaye says "Fifth album "Through the Ashes of Empire" found the group righting the ship, discarding counsel about current music trends" he is inaccurate. MH have ALWAYS followed trends, and TTAOE was them jumping on board the metal-is-back bandwagon.

posted by : Deblaze
3/28/2007 11:58:12 PM


COMMENT | 'hey herrrr'
posted by : pine99
3/29/2007 1:04:51 AM

aggroculture if u aint heard it then shut you mouth ho.
eat a cock deblaze

COMMENT | 'The Sh*t Talkers Are Aplenty...As Usual'
posted by : pukeman44
3/29/2007 1:54:39 AM

First and foremost, "The Blackening" is a f*cking classic in every sense of the word. I'm not even going to go into detail listing the reasons for such a claim because I know I'll miss something. Hands down the best album of 2007, PERIOD, for any genre. I know the year is young, but I highly doubt in the next 9 months any artist will come even close to capturing the type of magic Machine Head did on this album. Absolutley f*cking brilliant.


posted by : Reaper43
3/29/2007 1:57:13 AM

You guys are bitching about 15 bucks our local record store.... the only one for an hour and a half any direction.... prices any new metal release anywhere from 18 bucks - 32 bucks, so quit your whining.

posted by : dissident
3/29/2007 2:39:01 AM

......close if not better than Burn My Eyes......


posted by : Marko82
3/29/2007 4:36:28 AM

I'll give it 10.Simply,the best MH record.

COMMENT | 'fuck sake'
posted by : NATHAN_POOLE
3/29/2007 6:13:40 AM

What is it with this place? Slate a band for trying something new and then returning to what they do best.

All I ever see is..this is shit, they should have stuck to what they know...or...this is shit, they havent tried anything new.

For the record. BME was not and is not overrated. It still stands up to the test more than 10 years on. The Blackening returns to those days while mixing what the band learned on TTAOE. That to me is what makes this album one of the best this year. We will see in 10 years time if it stands up the way BME did. I for one think it will!

posted by : astrocreep
3/29/2007 6:21:06 AM

good, but i like the raw sound of BME and TMTC, it sounds a bit "synthetic" (overproduced/mastered/mixed don't know, am not a pro)

still 8.5 -> 9

COMMENT | 'Zzzzzzzzzz.'
posted by : NUZRUB
3/29/2007 10:53:09 AM

Generic. Mediocre. Can't take these guys seriously after the Nu-Metal thing. Sorry. Even if that DIDN'T happen this would still be forgettable stuff. You people are easily entertained.

COMMENT | 'tteotd'
posted by : k1liK
3/29/2007 12:01:16 PM

Through The Eyes Of The Dead!!!!

COMMENT | 'Awesome album....'
posted by : Imperium74
3/29/2007 1:04:36 PM

This is an epic metal album. I can't understand the people bashing it. Oh yeah, they are the loser fucks that live in mommy and daddy's basement playing D&D listening to that shitty crap, what's that called, oh yeah, Black Metal. Get laid losers. This is the best METAL CD to hit so far this year and I don't see much on the horizon to challenge it.

The Blackening owns, so does the new Vital Remains!

COMMENT | 'wow'
posted by : Leeroy
3/29/2007 1:40:11 PM

amazing album, and definitely MH's best work to date. this coming from a hardcore Vio-lence fan, its awsome to see the Flynn - Demmel guitar duo back in full swing again.

posted by : Screaming Beaver
3/29/2007 8:28:32 PM

No, this was very well done. I give it a 8.5.

posted by : Cupid Stunt
3/29/2007 11:26:14 PM

I really, really tried to like this cd. After about three full listens I would give it a 6 at best. There is nothing that great on here at all, and I would go as far as to say that it's boring and predictable. To those of you who call this "amazing" and "the best metal cd this year" are either retarded or you seriously need to get out more. I also don't get how people think this is so awesomely heavy. Most of the emo-core bands are heavier and more brutal than this. NEXT!

COMMENT | 'Awesome'
posted by : wastingbeerz
3/30/2007 1:49:08 AM

Awesome album, indeed.

COMMENT | 'Pure Metal'
posted by : InFlames_Episode666
3/30/2007 5:50:41 AM

I could right a long review of why this album has to me become one of the albums of this century, but I feel all I need to say is, where other bands have fallen Machine Head have stood strong, this band deserve the respect of the metal community, with their strong commitment to the fans and the Icing on the cake 'The Blackening', modern metal at it's fucking finest. 10/10

COMMENT | 'First Impressions'
posted by : Chicken ala Sweatsock
3/30/2007 8:57:38 AM

First I have to point out that I never really listened to Machine Head before this new CD. Good music; Well-composed and arranged, but the singer sounds like a run-of-the-mill constipated Sesame Street character. Getting really tired of this kind of vocal in metal. I gave it a 5 because the tunes are quite good but the vocals are poop. Won't be buying this one or any of the back catalogue.

COMMENT | 'It''s really worth a 9'
posted by : DittoHead74
3/30/2007 9:09:17 AM

The more Ilisten to the album, the better I find it. Better than TTAOE. Burn My Eyes and The Blackning are two different animal but they're equally good. Reaaly impressed by ehat MH have achieved with The Blackning.

COMMENT | 'Saw them live'
posted by : stonedraider666
3/30/2007 9:12:24 AM

and they rip. Never really got into them, but I might check this one out.

COMMENT | '10/10'
posted by : houde666
3/30/2007 9:31:28 AM

Phil Demmel
Rob Flynn
Dave McClain
Adam Duce

Thank you. Awesome album.

COMMENT | 'hold on..'
posted by : kuuntslaag
3/30/2007 1:22:23 PM

This album clearly does not surpass 'Burn My Eyes'. Not even close. The breakdown wankfest and soppy 'i want to touch 14 year old snatch' sections of 'beautiful mourning' have rendered this so, as early on as track 2.
Face facts Mr. Flynn and co. you can certainly write good tunes, and you have attitute and balls to spare, so cut the shite and write a good record. This 'blackening' has very promising riffs, some ripping solos and nearly the whole of 'clenching the fists of dissent' is killer apart from the 'trivium are our bum chums' touchy-feely section that wouldnt be out of place in a boyband song. Aesthetics of Hate is also a good tune. Take the best from this and 'between the ashes of empires' and you would have a formidable album.
I am definitley not saying this is a bad album, Machine Head are standing strong in amongst a sea of inadequacy and mediocrity. Hoewever maybe a bit more consideration and cut and paste when it comes to the lame parts. All killer, no filler please!
Oh and 'the burning red' was terrible.

COMMENT | 'Amazing'
posted by : Belmont
3/30/2007 3:24:41 PM

I've been a Machine Head fan since day 1.....This is their fucking masterpiece. Hands down.

posted by : hardass259
3/30/2007 3:50:30 PM

Don't see what is so good about this band yet,Although I havn't heard the album,But will get the pleasure to witness first hand @ the HEAVEN & HELL concert!Maybe then I will respect them.

COMMENT | 'Just got this album'
posted by : stonedraider666
3/30/2007 5:51:52 PM

and fuck it's good. Machine Head has surpassed my expectations.

COMMENT | 'boring'
posted by : sandpaperkunt
3/30/2007 7:57:35 PM

this band has always been lame
go listen to some nile or something
this is still not death metal
trendy,and not original
just by saying its their master of puppets
is gay

posted by : BrianC4
3/30/2007 8:13:49 PM

I like the metallica cover of battery on the album.

posted by : Stam1na
3/30/2007 11:29:49 PM

I never really liked Machine Head before, well Burn My Eyes is a classic but the other stuff didnt really do anything for me. But this album, I mean jesus this album kicks ass, I havent been listening to anything else since I got this record! First I was kind of worried about the songs being so long, but the songs never get boring, even the 10 minute songs seem to fly by as your listening to them! Classic shit!!

posted by : Tw1ster
3/31/2007 1:16:25 AM

After The Burning red )which was a disappointment to a lot) and Supercharger....they have fired back with two fucking awesome albums...after "Through the ashes of empires"...I never thought theyd make an album that matches its brute strength.....""The Blackening" which I assume is their Black album exceeds all my expectations...the best part is the long solos

COMMENT | 'pickerdy3rd'
posted by : And Then There Were None
3/31/2007 1:27:07 AM

wouldn't you be better off complaining to at

i highly doubt that reviewer scans Blabbermouth, let alone the CD reviews, let alone 80 posts down on a review thread.

but at least you're not doing that "1st post" thing you were really keen on a month ago, pickerdy3rd.

to keep my post on track with the subject at hand: i will check this out: loved Vio-lence but never really got into Burn as much as most and never bought another Machinehead album. but any album compared to Master by a throng of metalheads is worth investigating (so long as said metalheads are not young kids who think shit like the new Trivium sounds like Ride The Lightning (what some young guy at a local record store told me and my buddy who then bought the Trivium CD: buddy, can he get his $15.99 plus tax back from you?))


COMMENT | 'here''s the def:'
posted by : And Then There Were None
3/31/2007 3:03:00 PM

"A Picardy third (also known as Tierce de Picardie) is a harmonic device used in European classical music.

It refers to the use of a major chord at the end of a musical section in a minor key. This is achieved by raising the third of the expected minor triad by a semitone (a half step), to create a major triad. The aural effect of this is unexpected, and can add a "bittersweet" feeling to the music."


and the relevance to what i wrote above your question would be?

3/31/2007 3:19:33 PM

Oh, not so smart now eh? Use a spell check next time. ;)

COMMENT | 'Like it...'
posted by : lostinfaith343
3/31/2007 3:56:29 PM

But fav cd so far, Through the ashes of empires, "Imperium" "wipe away the tears" some of the best songs ever...I love this cd just nothing sticks out

COMMENT | 'Meh....'
posted by : MansonKiller
3/31/2007 5:09:36 PM

I don't see why you can't care for the album (I gave it a 5). You guys are so funny sometimes. The posts range from "If you don't like this, you're an idiot"; to "If you like this, you're an idiot". LOL. It's mediocre at best. I agreed with some of the more logical posts on here. It's mediocre. It's not anything that stands out in my opinion, and while people certainly have the right to think it's "great" (I REALLY wanted to like it), I just don't see it as a "masterpiece". It's nothing new in the way of offerings already out there imo.

As I said in another post, Masterpieces are cds that can withstand the test of time. While there are good cds that get released, I wouldn't consider most to be "masterpieces". Masterpieces are cds that people can listen to years down the road, and still "get it". Those cds are ones like Metallica's 'Puppets' and 'Justice' albums, Slayer's 'Reign in Blood', Megadeth's 'Rust', and even a Pantera album or two. I would even include Machine Head's 'BME' as a good cd to withstand the tests of time (not a masterpiece, but still relevant 10 years later).

This cd caters to a particular sound and style that is "popular" right now, and though people can certainly enjoy the cd (more power to them), it's hard to argue there isn't similarities to other "popular" metal artists that currently enjoy some form of popularity.

This is all my opinion, and hail to Machine Head and fans who love this cd, and support them. I might not be crazy about what they've done since BME, but I think they've been in the business long enough to earn, and deserve some respect. I wish them well.

COMMENT | 'nice!'
posted by : piperbastard
3/31/2007 8:04:52 PM

This is the best metal cd i've heard in years. it is absolutely awsome! The only problem is that they jumped on the political bandwagon. The reason that this cd will NOT "stand the test of time", is because in just a few short years people are going to listen to it, and not know what the fuck the lyrics are about, or not give a fuck. That's fine that all these bands are against the Iraq war, and the government, but in a couple of years when Bush is gone, no one will give a fuck, and no one will care about how strongly against the war all these bands were.

posted by : Eagleheart85
3/31/2007 9:37:45 PM

i dont know man...the vocals mmmmm do not convince me

COMMENT | 'pickerdy'
posted by : And Then There Were None
3/31/2007 11:56:26 PM

you didn't offend anyone with posting's review.

i was merely pointing out that a rebuttal would be better served on the website.

perhaps i came across a bit dickish with that remark. Blabbermouth has a way of bringing out the inner dick in people (it's easy to critcize someone when you don't see them face to face; i bet if everyone hear were in a bar talking and drinking, the arguments would be far less and people would actually like 90% of the crowd).

and i remembered that you were the "first post" guy a while back. and that IS annoying buy i don't suppose i had to bring it up.

you sound like a metal fan, so that's why were all here.

i couldn't point out a picardy third when i heard one but i know metal pretty well and i play guitar and maybe i've played one and dont' know it (you don't have to read music to be a good writer or player).

anyway, you didn't offend anyone and i guess the vodka's softened me up to kinda say i was being a bit of a sarcastic dick. just lay off the you know whats.


COMMENT | 'My Review as of yet.'
posted by : Twistorted_Jack
4/1/2007 3:04:35 AM

Dissent- Good opening track. But really i was expecting something crushing from machine head. I'll be listening for a while, to see if all sinks in. But this track wasnt AMAZING.

Mourning- I dont care who you are. with a line "Fuck You All" to start a song, thats metal my man. Good song, still setteling in. Reminds me a lot of "Burn My Eyes", pretty awesome melodie back and forth in the song, id give it a 9 out of 10 for a song on the record.

Aesthetics- Awesome song, i heard the begining awhile back on a webisode, and thought the new cd was going to be crushing. One of the best songs as of yet. Awesome theme, truely intriging lyrics. Going to be a classic no matter if they make a video or not, Machine Head will be playing this song for years.

Lay Thee Down- I really liked this song. I dont care what much of you say. I like heavy build-up, and really i think flynn's voice is beautiful on this one. Different style on the record, but nothing MH hasnt done before.

Slanderous- Good. The lyrical message, which is something people always miss with this band, is really amazing. AND HE'S NOT COMPLAING ON HIS FATHER, so listen closer next time you bash! But not an outstanding song compared to the last 3.

Halo- I downloaded this song early, and really wished i wouldnt of downloaded this before i bought the cd because its quite simple an amazing song. And if i had heard it when buying the Cd i think it would of made me pretty pumped for it all. Classic song, and one that you dont have to listen to 10 times to get into. i heard it once and remembered song arrangments. I think it may be the best song on the Cd. nice vocal solo flynn!

Wolves- Crushing. Cant say much i guess. im still listening. But if machine head flawed on the concept of this album it was to make a few of these numbers past the 6 min mark. and this is one. If you want impact, make a song heavy, short and to the point. This would be more memorable if it was shorter.

Farewell- Well... good closer. I really havent listened to it enough to get into it. but i can say for the album ill be listening for awhile, so thats a positive.

I LIKE: this album because machine head have turned back to form, and the music is really technique driven. I like they tried something new, and really took a risk.

I DONT LIKE: how long the songs are. The songs are powerful, but its really like watching somebody beating a man down. One punch and a knock out is better then a repeated trama to the head. I think there needs to be more "classic" songs. Something that sticks to you and makes you go, "WHOA SHIT!"

I am huge Machine Head fan of BME and TMTC, and ill admit TTAOE was good. And expecting something of this sort was a let down for me. I think best tracks are "Aesthetics Of Hate" "Now I Lay Thee Down" "Halo", just like the CD package said. haha. otherwise i think the new songs are just riffage. I gave this cd a 9 on first listen. but i really was disapointed, and i was defending them after the bashers went off. But im going to say what everyone else is. Its not my thing... Maybe if you into dream theatre, Metallica, and Old Thrash you'll be a fan. I wont rate it at a 5 of something now because i dont like it. But its not what i was expecting. Machine Head cant complain, i seen them in milwaukee and bought $45 of merch, and this fucking 8 SONGS for $17 dollars. So machine head have gotten $60 bucks from me. So they complain, and thats why i felt compleled to write this shit. But if you want my background music taste to know if you'd wanna buy it, im into HELLYEAH.

COMMENT | 'killer'
posted by : john_h11
4/1/2007 10:09:00 AM

I agree with most here. While the record is not BME, its a killer record. The entertwinning leads are incredible, and is it just my age or just me but am I only one who here's some Vio-lence in the riffing? Not a perfect record but a very good album. To me, this is as close as it going to get to a new vio-lence record. maybe Sean Killian could do a guest spot or somthing!

posted by : Zaphyan_Returns
4/1/2007 10:30:42 AM

Track by track 'reviews' arent reviews. Thats called a summary. Here in the US, they teach us the difference between a review and a summary in the 4th grade with Goosebumps. How some people got through highschool without learning that, Ill never know.

COMMENT | 'The Blackening is the album of the year'
posted by : rick_rotten
4/1/2007 1:43:26 PM

This is the best cd to come out so far from this year. I give it a 9.

COMMENT | '"Best album of 2007..."'
posted by : kazrog
4/1/2007 7:51:42 PM

Except that Soilwork hasn't released theirs yet....

posted by : basstard6969
4/2/2007 10:36:28 AM

I just figured something out this weekend......


End of thread.

COMMENT | 'Kick Ass!!! SHIT'
4/2/2007 1:42:38 PM


posted by : Mudvayne76
4/2/2007 3:33:32 PM

I really didn't think it was going to live up to the hype. Album of the year so far until Hell Yeah comes out!

posted by : Duderino
4/2/2007 5:52:09 PM

great cd I give it a 9, this cd grew on me, eceryone should give it a couple listens before voting

posted by : rooney77
4/3/2007 5:34:32 AM

Ye ya, Fraser the champ, unless metallica or megadeth give us somthing unbelieveable, nothing will beat the blacking!!!!

COMMENT | 'Machine Head''s 3rd Best CD to Date'
posted by : iceolate
4/4/2007 12:53:21 PM

Nice review.

It sickens me to see so many newbie psuedo metal fans on here talking shit. This cd is good but by no means a Master Of Puppets. If it must be compared to a good Metallica CD then AJFA would be a better fit. I love old Metallica (KEA-AJFA) and I hate it when people shit on real metal masterpieces. The rest of Metallica's work laughable.

Anyway, I love 4 songs on this CD. "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent", "Aesthetics Of Hate", "Slanderous" and last but certainly not least, "Wolves". Even if the entire cd sucked, Wolves a lone would redeem it. But it doesn't suck. It does suffer a little bit of nu-metalitis in some of the choruses. The other 6 I consider filler although I won't skip them in my playlist. I usually end up playing Wolves at least twice. :)

I rate this latest effort an 8/10. it is pretty good and I am glad Rob got his balls back.

BME - 11/10
TMTC - 10/10
TBR - wtf Rob? 3/10
SC - again, wtf Rob? 1/10
TTAOE - 7/10
TB - 8/10

I didn't know Sacred Reich's drummer played for Machine Head. And I thought i was a metalhead... I was and still am a huge SR fan. It sucks they faded away.

posted by : the_stalwart
4/5/2007 12:08:30 AM

this is a good album..

machine always have a good sound...

cant wait to see them on this tour....i hope they lose the cover songs and play all their stuff.

COMMENT | 'Good record'
posted by : darkHELL
4/5/2007 6:09:12 AM

kick ass record, Halo and Wolves vare kind of a little bad but overrall the record's great

COMMENT | 'On second thought...'
posted by : iceolate
4/5/2007 12:51:00 PM

After more listens I have to change my rating to a 10. :)

This cd kicks ass.

COMMENT | 'maybe it''s their best'
posted by : buonified
4/7/2007 11:02:47 AM

but it's still not good enough. this is the second time i've bought a machine head album on hype and it will definitely be the last. I've only listened to the album twice all the way through but both times i've been thouroughly bored by the music and embarrassed by the lyrics. New - Thrash for kids I guess. In all fairness, I bought the new Clutch and Type O at the same time as this, this does not compare to either, especially Clutch. Maybe I'd listen more if I got it on it's own. For now, it will collect dust.

posted by : DecrystallizingReason
4/8/2007 9:15:58 PM

I gave it an 8...It's very good, even great in some places, but many of the songs follow pretty similar formulas, and the clean vocal harmonies were definitely overdone in some places. It's definitely not the best metal album in a decade, not liking it doesn't mean you have bad taste, and BME kicks the shit out of The Blackening. I'm thinking Roadrunner had some influence over a lot of the reviews out there, moneywise.

COMMENT | 'Not a classic....................yet'
posted by : Mr Maiden
4/10/2007 2:32:46 AM

I think it's a pretty bangin' metal album. Not quite as good as TTAOE but fuckin close. The main riff in Slanderous is CRACKING!!!!!

posted by : NxH85
4/10/2007 10:44:50 AM

wow! first chimaira and now machine head!!! 2007 is becoming a very good year for metal.
Amazing album!
Amazing band!

COMMENT | 'You Said It!'
4/10/2007 12:06:27 PM

07 just started and it's just starting to rev up the engines of what I hope is better than the past years! PEACE YOU SONS OF METAL!

posted by : raffmetal
4/11/2007 4:45:51 PM

10/10 PERIOD.

COMMENT | 'wazaaaaw..'
posted by : Machine Dead
4/11/2007 5:33:23 PM

I would like to hand over a BIG FUCK U to the guys that voted 1


COMMENT | 'The next Leaders of Metal'
posted by : Metal Head Mark
4/11/2007 8:34:22 PM

It's about fucking time that Machine Head got noticed. Now they are touring with Lamb of god and tour lamb will be opening up for them...

COMMENT | 'Leaders indeed'
posted by : metalhenkie
4/13/2007 4:44:14 AM

These guys are focking awesome.. this record is going to write metal history.. But none of their records are bad.. NOT even supercharger.. and the have never been nu-metal, they were just experimenting
And I'm gonna see them in june!! yah!

COMMENT | 'Awesome record!!'
posted by : Beyond Hate
4/13/2007 10:29:35 AM

Burn My Eyes will always stand out as M. H. masterpiece(at least in my world), and as one of the best metal albums ever.
But besides that I really dig The Blackening. It is a totally solid record with great riffs and McClaine beating his drumkid like Tyson vs Andy Dick. I think Flynn is one of the best voices in metal, and has been that since their debut.

Looking foreward to see them play this stuff live!!

COMMENT | 'Hails to Machine Head!!'
posted by : VincentAmaranth831
4/13/2007 11:09:10 AM

After hearing three of their songs from this album, Clenching the fists of dissent, beautiful mourning and aesthetics of hate I was caught in the washroom jerking off to the, really though I thought these guys must have been possessed at the time with pure musical talent and genius! This album struck my happy nerves, gave me goosebumps just head banging along to the crunchy relentless riffs and blazing solos! I've played this album for a few people who turned their backs on Machinehead during 'The burning red' and 'Supercharger' albums and they literally began thrashing out to it with me, instantaneously reclaiming their love for the band or just simply throwing them down into the top list. I can't imagine anyone giving this album less than a 9 even. ok, maybe a 7 for the jaded "metal" fuckers whose blood isn't even made for metal but for the passionate metal lovers, yesss we all know how fucking SCORCHING this album is!! 10 out of 10, one of the best albums of the year, guaranteed!

COMMENT | 'Awesome!'
posted by : shred420
4/15/2007 7:39:32 PM

Easily gets a 10/10. One of the best metal bands with a diverse style. I have enjoyed all of their albums, but the band is an even better experience to see live.

Machine Fucking Head!!!

posted by : El_Brujo
4/16/2007 1:13:58 PM

overrated I voted it a 6 heard the cd but nothing special its good but nothing to call it one of the best... the new Dark Tranquility owns this album!

Fiction album of the year! enough said..

COMMENT | 'Full Metal RUSH!!!'
posted by : CxIxDx
4/16/2007 5:47:13 PM

These guys put their heart and darkened souls into this project - Philthy's added influence definitely elevated the musical temperature and Robb did push his vocals to include viable singing in a thrash platform, and the drums have improved to such precision - how could so much effort still have the raw edge without creating a formulaic result most thrashers avoid in order to keep the raw energy. MH has matured in production and understand what we wanted!!! They created what they wanted, the way they wanted it, and gave us fans what we wanted - a major stiff kick in the metal world's fat ASS!!! Whatever friggin label you want to put on it's success, will never describe it's place in metal history - one of the heaviest of all times. Give the guys a fair break, they made it what they wanted, and it was what we wanted - how many thrashers can deliver everything you want in one album? At least they still call Bay Area their home and don't hop over to the greener pasture of Metal Friendly L.A. (those St. Anger dudes), who are now recording in NY because they can't stand L.A. anymore.... MH puts one of the heaviest out and still calls Bay Area home - leave the money chasing for the sell out guys, love MH because they are successful for being what we want them to be and that is what they've always been!

COMMENT | 'Album of the Year'
posted by : Fraser The Champion 1
4/17/2007 9:58:37 PM

This is the absolute best album of the year. Chimaira had a good effort but it just doesn't stack up to this crushing metal masterpiece. I had a spontaneous erection during this entire album. Machine Head are masters of Heavy Metal.

COMMENT | 'Sweet'
posted by : ARE1234
4/18/2007 1:40:15 PM

i fucked loved this cd, so fucking good no 2 songs are similar, which i always like, keep it up fuck

COMMENT | 'Machine Head Are Back'
posted by : Locky
4/19/2007 5:46:51 AM

Top album by Machine Head.

Easily their best album since BME.


posted by : pantera3200
4/21/2007 6:57:29 PM

this record is bomb, kick ass riffing, with wiked epic songs. really good if ur into thrash, dude pic slides are in this album, that is totaly BOMB. probably 9/10. nice come back

posted by : Metal Head Mark
4/23/2007 5:01:31 PM

THis is what metal is, this is what people should fucking listin to. These guys are now touring with Black fucking Sabbath and Megadeth... Pretty soon they will be headlining their own goddanm shows. Are people so fucking blind that they cant see who fucking amazing this band really is? Sacrament has nothing I mean nothing on this album. If you give this album less than a 9... then I know you have no taste in music what so ever...DId I offend you or do I piss u off? drop me a line at
Just watch as this album explodes and fucking rapes the metal world... or wait untill United Ambominations comes out...

COMMENT | 'Disappointment...'
posted by : electricwizard_
4/24/2007 5:20:57 AM

Biggest disappointment this year...

posted by : Life_Of_Agony_4_Life
4/24/2007 7:32:06 PM

Burn My Eyes is the best !!!!!!

COMMENT | 'great album'
posted by : tHrAsHaHoLiCa
4/25/2007 11:55:43 PM

I knew this album was gonna be pretty good after they did the TTAOE album. Theres some really killer songs on this album, hell..basically all of em kickass.I gave it a 9.

COMMENT | 'Good Album'
posted by : -Liquid-
4/27/2007 8:15:28 AM

Awesome album, Kick ass riffs, awesome drumming, awesome solos, etc. The one thing I don't like it Flynn's vocals. It just dosen't seem like he fits the singing job. Don't get me wrong, he's an alright singer, he's nothing like Six feet under's vocalist or Hatebreed's but there is something about his voice that dosen't suit their music to me.

posted by : corpsefucker666
5/9/2007 3:03:50 PM

one of my top metal albums of all tme. this is machine heads master of puppets, taking the roots of their music and adding a progressive mix to it with songs clocking out at least 7 minuets. this album completly makes up for machine head selling out and releaseing 2 nu metal albums.

COMMENT | 'Jesus H Christ'
posted by : Deus Sol Invictus
5/13/2007 1:44:10 PM

Most OVERRATED album of the year. Machine Head continues to bring teh suck.

COMMENT | 'this'
posted by : lol36
5/14/2007 11:46:22 PM

sucks. most overrated album of the year

posted by : Umis
5/22/2007 1:46:36 AM

I give it 10/10.|It's the best album of this year

COMMENT | '2007 Metal at It''s Finest'
posted by : oneshortbreath
5/26/2007 1:58:25 PM

Ok, so I'm not a huge fan of Rob Flynn's screaming vox. They sound much like Burton C. Bell in that they just sound more like yelling than a true onslaught of vocal power, but save that one criticism, this album is about as sick as they come. First off, the guitarwork is on par with a Dream Theater or Megadeth, without question, which is a serious tip of the hat. The riffs and dynamics of this album is absolutely perfect. What so many metal bands forget is that dynamics make the heavy heavier and can keep your attention for ten minute songs. That's what made every early Metallica song awesome, the slow to the heavy to the downright sick. This album has renewed my faith in Machine Head and what metal bands are capable of in 2007. GET THIS FUCKING RECORD unless you have no taste for heavy music.

posted by : lol36
5/28/2007 3:40:02 PM

Unfortunately Machine Head cannot keep you interested for 10 minutes. Neither could most Metallica songs.

COMMENT | 'strange macock'
posted by : nablinto
5/30/2007 3:51:17 PM

best metal album so far of 07

COMMENT | 'Metal'
posted by : -gODGRINDER-
6/1/2007 1:22:13 PM

Like Lamb of God, this is just balls-out American metal. No scene. No trends. No girl pants. Just killer riffs and hooks.

Me like.

COMMENT | 'i really like this'
posted by : littlehugs
6/4/2007 12:51:44 PM

i almost went to the heaven & hell concert JUST to see machine head...but didn't
i almost gave up on this band...thank goodness for this record
8/10, almost a 9

COMMENT | 'boring'
posted by : elnombre
6/6/2007 3:40:04 AM

this is a decent album, kind of boring sometimes and no catchy songs, nothing memorable, good but no masterpiece. 8/10

COMMENT | '...'
posted by : alexi_laiho
6/7/2007 4:11:38 PM album of the decade....probably on the top 10 metal albums of all time

posted by : SlayerJay
6/8/2007 6:00:00 PM

Best Machine Head Record Since Burn My Eyes,Robb Flynn is fucking god

COMMENT | 'Best album yet'
posted by : Juicemain_1982
6/19/2007 1:32:34 PM

What can you say about Machine Head , these guys are metal!! I love this album and think with the momentum they have gained there will be only greater machine head majic to come!! Congrats to all the guys, keep it up!!!

posted by : Teracotta_Pie
6/23/2007 4:47:49 PM

Wow, this is definatly one their best albums 9/10

posted by : Teracotta_Pie
6/23/2007 4:48:53 PM

Halo is a sick song

COMMENT | 'Oh my fuckin god!!!!'
posted by : TheManThatFolowsHell
6/26/2007 9:43:47 AM

This kicks the shit out of anything I have heard lately. They are so much better than they were. Machine fuckin Head!!!!!

COMMENT | 'aesthetics of hate'
posted by : +Metalarchin+
6/27/2007 1:55:57 PM

i havn't heard the album and i dont really like machine head's music but i heard 'aesthetics of hate' of the album and it sounds pritty fukin good.

COMMENT | 'def their best'
posted by : cementfilled
6/30/2007 12:53:54 AM

i never really was a fan of machine head. the vocals i feel lack any range at all.
with that said this album is fucking shredding!!! whew!! it has some great guitaring like the old days of thrash. this is a new machine head! (vocals still bore me but fuck it...)

posted by : grady
7/4/2007 5:39:23 PM

Awesome album.How could you not love this album.One of the best albums of the year.

posted by : Metal_Hitman82
7/8/2007 9:01:07 AM

Machine Heads follow-up to 2003´s TTAOE and they did it again!! The best metal album today, hand down!

COMMENT | 'kick a$$!!!'
posted by : ilikebush
7/12/2007 5:53:51 PM

i thought that Machine Head couldn't top "Burn My Eyes," or even "TTAOE", which I both thought were perfect. but this one, "The Blackening" is beyond perfect. every song is effing perfect, and I fell in love with this album. can't wait for the next album, which might even be better than this one.

COMMENT | 'The Blackening'
posted by : TrashGod
7/24/2007 11:14:24 AM

Well..It was a disapoitment for me. I had huge expectations after what i had read and heard from them. But Still...It has three songs (clenching the fist, halo and slanderous). The first one is by far the best song they´ve ever wrote, but everything else don´t really stand up. Worth of buing though. Huge music fan
Nice album cover :)

Holy 3 (The Offspring, Metallica, Pantera)

posted by : metaljoint
8/1/2007 6:27:22 PM

This album gets better with each listen and stop bitching about "wolves" just listen to the riff at 4:27 and tell me that doesn't blow you away

THE BLCKENING=MOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by : metaljoint
8/1/2007 6:36:15 PM

Sorry for the typo
THE BLACKENING=MOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COMMENT | 'Fucking Good'
posted by : michaelotero91
8/2/2007 1:21:52 PM

Liked all except wolves going to see them with arch enemy does throwdown suck? i dont know

COMMENT | 'Gets a 7/10 from an old-school thrasher'
posted by : oldskool667
8/3/2007 3:47:56 AM

musically take equal parts Biohazzard, Pantera, and 80's Bay Area thrash and add nu-metal vocals and you've got the new Machine Head. Ok, but hardly a formula for metal greatness imho. I would expect a glowing review from Don "corporate tool" Kaye...9.5, WTF!!! WAY TOO OVER-HYPED!

The new Exodus, released later this year, should toss this aside with relative ease.

COMMENT | 'fuckin amazin'
posted by : Paschal McCracken
8/8/2007 5:32:52 PM

Their absolute masterpiece. they have created their epic monster. bloody amazin. 10/10

COMMENT | 'Peak album'
posted by : DeathMetalProgRocker
8/8/2007 7:52:05 PM

Its simple they are the best they have ever been right now

posted by : Nu-Metal Chick
8/14/2007 12:10:52 AM

They sucked after supercharger


posted by : lol36
8/14/2007 5:46:43 PM

Still a steaming pile of shit.

COMMENT | '9.5'
posted by : Tin Omen 07
8/15/2007 6:15:10 PM

To me this album along with Skinny Puppy's Mythmaker, and Dream Theater's Systematic Choas are contenders for "album of the year"

The Blackening is just the perfect metal album.
Not only are Machine Head keeping more to their roots.
But are progressing with the metal roots.
Every song on here is killer. Every lick, riff, solo, meledy, vocal delievery, transition, rhapsody, and note owns.
I'd give this cd a 10.
Only two albums have recieved a ten from me. I listen to A LOT of shit.
Those two albums.......................................................
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Queesryche Operation:Mindcrime

COMMENT | 'wow'
posted by : megachad
10/3/2007 10:18:10 PM

This album is a masterpiece, if you haven't bought this cd yet DO IT NOW!

COMMENT | '...'
posted by : Rubin Barefoot
10/5/2007 9:41:05 AM

Finally gave it a listen:

- songs are too long
- songs are just riffs stringed together with no cohesion
- clean singing blows
- they stole the main riff of Technocracy's "How We Die" for the first song (did you run out of ideas or something?)
- other than that, it's entertaining

COMMENT | 'Wow.'
posted by : Atrom Atrox
10/9/2007 9:24:03 PM

Nobody, and I do mean NOBODY puts more heart and soul and sweat and blood into making an album than Machine Head. They've been through a lot of crap to get where they are, and quite frankly, they show no signs of fatigue. I mean, record label disagreements, band problems, everything. It sucked but look at this! This album is heavy metal at its finest. And to the people who talk shit... well, that's what you should be reduced down to. Shit. This is a great album, "Aesthetics of Hate" and "Slander" are my top 2, but they're all brutal. I'd give 'em a 13/10, I'll settle for a 10/10

COMMENT | 'It''s alright.'
posted by : how1ard
10/15/2007 4:37:21 AM

Songs def to long, a couple of great tracks but overall a dissapointing effort.

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