4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2001
After one of the best debut CD's in metal history, Machine Head took 3 years to come out with anything new. Worth the wait? You betcha. 'The More Things Change...' is a more complete and refined album than it's predecessor, but still packs the crushing punch MH came to be known for.
The opener, "Ten Ton Hammer" is yet again a killer opener for Machine Head. A concert staple, this song is just packed to the brim with riffs, drums and pure unadultered heaviness. "Take My Scars" takes off where "TTH" left off with more brutal riffs, excellent chorus and intresting lyrics. "Struck A Nerve" is the highlight for me though. This is just an all out brutal thrash assault on the listener. McClain shreds on the drums as the end hits you with some of the most moshpit friendly guitar work around. Extremely fun, modern thrash metal at its finest. "Bay Of Pigs" is another thrash type song packed with seething anger. Read the lyrics while you listen to this one, it's awesome. "Violate", a slow, brooding song that explodes into a thrash fury by it's 7 minute end. "Blistering" has the most catchy riff on the CD, and an epic closer "Blood of the Zodiac" contains the best lead guitar work from the band.
All in all, there is no bad song on this CD. This is Machine Head's shining moment, the only time they ever put together a complete metal album. Absolutely recommended for any fans of heavy music. You can't deny this recording.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2002
This is a genius CD. This 4 piece from America completely revitalized the thrash scene, considering Metallica had lost that super-hard edge with releasing the "Black" album. Burn My Eyes, their debut, remains the fastest selling debut in Road Runner Records history. This may be even better, depending on your metal tastes - it's more melodic, but still brutally heavy, and at times, even heavier, as demonstrated on the super-fast "Struck A Nerve" and "Bay Of Pigs". For those of you who prefer your metal slower and overall, more brilliant, "Violate" is a 7 and a half minute epic, switching from soothing, to crushing, to absolutely blow-away speed. This may just be the most impressive track you'll hear all month. Still, there are tracks which need minor improvement -"The Frontlines" and "Spine" are slightly too long for their own good, running about a minute too long for their own good. Yet still, this "super f**kin heavy" Ten Ton Hammer ( ;) )CD will blow you away. The dentist drill on Blistering will almost certaintly come as relief. Buy this or face the consequences.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2006
If you're familiar with Machine Head's 'Burn My Eyes' album and if you've read the above title, then that should give you an idea on how 'The More Things Change...' is. If you still can't figure it out, then here's an even clearer explanation: it's a less inspired version of 'Burn My Eyes,' though still solid.
What makes the venerated 'Burn My Eyes' so great is its blend of quiet, slow, melody and loud, fast, aggressive thrash. This album tries to follow in that same vein, but unfortunately it falters a bit. It's mostly that the songs aren't as catchy as they are on its predecessor for whatever reason. My theory is that the guitar riffs are a bit more nu-metal sounding.
What can also be said is that 'The More Things Change...' is more divided. More of the songs either don't possess that same melodic/speed blend of 'Burn My Eyes,' or the song (e.g. 'Violate') presents a false sense of climax building. It's only when the song is near end that it becomes apparent that there isn't much of the aggressive rush as there was in songs such as in 'Burn My Eyes.'
Though not as compentate as its predecessor, this album still isn't bad. There are certainly memorable songs such as 'Spine,' 'The Frontlines,' 'Ten Ton Hammer,' and 'Struck a Nerve' (at least the first half.) If you don't already have 'Burn My Eyes,' then you'd be wise to get that album before considering this. If you're looking for material sort of in the same vein, then this is your best bet, as Machine Head's other releases have drifted too far from their original style (though some of it is still decent.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2002
After seeing at least 35 reviews done on this album, I found it to be a daunting task to attempt to say something great about this band and especially this album that hasn't already been said by all the other fanatical followers of this phenomenal aggro-thrash band who has helped pave the way for other great, newer acts such as Pissing Razors, Skinlab and many other Bay area bands. It cannot be denied that this album is one of the top sophomore followups, and that, given the path that Machine Head has taken with 'The Burning Red' and 'Supercharger,' nothing like this album will ever be produced by Machine Head again. But rather than go on and on about just how great these guys are and how influential this album has been for so many people, I decided to do something a bit different - give a couple recommendations for people who really love this band and are looking for other bands with a similar sound and/or feel.
Machine Head, especially on this album, helped to trailblaze what could possibly by considered a new sub-genre or pseudo-genre in the metal scene: aggro-thrash. This kind of metal is defined by its particularly aggressive style, and its penchant to lighten up a little on the speed of the songs in order to simply make the songs heavier by adding crunchier guitar riffs, baselines, and thundering drums with a bigger emphasis on song quality and style rather than breakneck speeds. Don't get me wrong, though, because bands in this style still know how to tear it up like no other when it comes to making lightning fast songs. However, these bands like Machine Head normally truly shine in works where speed is not the essence of the song(s). If you're looking for something along the lines of Machine Head's albums, 'Burn My Eyes' and 'The More Things Change,' but have not been successful in finding music in a similar vein, then I sincerely suggest checking out the following four albums: 1) 'Roots' by Sepultura, 2) 'Disembody: The New Flesh' by Skinlab, 3) 'Fields of Disbelief' by Pissing Razors, and 4) 'The Twisted Rule The Wicked' by Face Down.
The album 'Roots' by Sepultura is in a similar vein because, despite their history as incredible speed metal musicians, Max and Co. decided to slow things down a bit on this album and throw in some more tribal influences creating a truly unique, scorching, memorable album. 'Disembody: The New Flesh' is, in my humble opinion, the best piece of work produced so far by Skinlab. It is full of extremely aggressive music all around, with a variety of tempos and vocal styles (ranging from screaming to more of a somber, hoarse kind of talking). Pissing Razors is an unbelievable aggro-thrash band, with a much more raw sound than the likes of Machine Head. They usually tour with bands like Pro-Pain, but their very close to Machine Head's sound. Their album 'Fields of Disbelief' is considered their masterpiece due to its diversity and all around brutal intensity. However, one of my personal all time favorite albums that I consider to almost top this debut by Machine Head would have to be Face Down's 'The Twisted Rule The Wicked.' From the first track to the last track you're bombarded by just utterly fantastic musicianship, and the mosh pit possibilities created by this album by Face Down are simply beyond words.
If you're a fan of Machine Head, ESPECIALLY Machine Head's first two albums, then I highly suggest checking out the bands and albums mentioned above (Sepultura, Skinlab, Pissing Razors, and Face Down), but above all those bands I very, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking out Face Down's album 'The Twisted Rule The Wicked.' You will not be disappointed. It's very hard to find, and even Amazon.com has it listed as "Limited Availability." May the Aggro-Thrash live on!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2006
They were just some of the the thoughts running through my head when I first heard this album. I have all of Machine Head's albums and to me this is one of the greatest albums ever released by the band.
1994's "Burn My Eyes" was a tremendous album, and although it took three years until The More Things Change was released, Im sure it would have been worth the wait for early listeners (I wasn't a fan back then.)
The album opens with a classic, Ten Ton Hammer, and then it pummels your @$$ until the final song.
Although you won't find a Davidian on this album, it is still a classic in its own way.
The style of Machine Head sort of evolved after "Burn My Eyes". This album certainly had songs a lot darker then all of the songs on the debut album, it also became a lot more punishing and heavier, although some of the songs on Burn My Eyes were a hell of a lot heavier than some of the songs on this album.
Ear bleeders such as "Blood for Blood" on the first album are still present here such as "The Frontlines" and "Ten Ton Hammer".
I disagree with the person who said that "The Burning Red" is better than this album. I believe that some of the songs were OK, but many were cruddy. That was Machine Head's worst album, but people can have their own opinions definatetly.
Anyway, after reading this review you will go to the nearby music
store and BUY THIS ALBUM. QUICKLY!!!!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Machine Head virtually came out of nowhere with their instant classic debut album "Burn My Eyes". Old time metalheads responded with overwhelming joy to that album, and the band had quite a bit to live up to. In 1997, Machine Head released "The More Things Change...": a great album on it's own, but naturally paled in comparison to the band's brilliant debut. From 1995 on, the music scene became more and more watered down while bands like Pantera and Biohazard refused to change according to the musical climate and trends. While Machine Head eventually went the way of a more nu-metal sound further down the road, this album is still a testament of a once uncompromising band. "Ten Ton Hammer", "Take My Scars", "Down to None", and the epic "Violate" are all memorable tracks that display the band's once patented unending metal assault. It's not "Burn My Eyes" or even "Burning Red", but it's pretty close.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 1999
This album is a must buy for every Metal fan out there. Rob's vocals are great, I can not get over the killer guitar playing, I love the lightning fast druming, and there is not a song I don't like. I bought this cd a 2 years ago and I still listen to it almost every day. If you like Machine Head you will also like Skinlab
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2005
What a great opener "Ten Ton Hammer" is. And what a great song. This album "The More Things Change.." is such a good follow-up to "Burn My Eyes" it almost betters it in some ways. Robb Flynn's vocals are so very good too, along with the riffs that are so tight, and the drumming which is just fantastic.
I bought this album a while ago, back in 1999, and as with Fear Factory's "Demanufacture", it changed my whole outlook on Heavy Metal. Machine Head write some really catchy songs that you can really mosh to. Seeing them Live would be awesome.
From the great opener, and definitely one of the greatest Machine Head songs ever written, "Ten Ton Hammer", right through to "Blood of The Zodiac"..Get ready to listen to an angry, pummeling, riff-tastic album. The best songs to me, and surely to others, would have to be "Ten Ton Hammer", "Take My Scars", "Down To None" (With it's cool slow intro, and powerful chorus..), "The Frontlines" (Riffs!!..), "Spine" (Another one of my favourite Machine Head songs..), "Violate" (A crawling intro really adds a kind of tension to it..It's actually that way for the entire song up until about 6 minutes, then it turns into Thrash/Hardcore, then slows down to a really headbanging riff..), and "Blistering" (Riffs!!..).
The song "Violate" i've read in interviews, is really personal to Robb Flynn although he doesn't exactly say why. All he says is "Read the lyrics.." ..It's one of the slowest songs on here, but isn't quite a slow, 'acoustic', song..It's really just a crawling riff through the entire song pretty much. It's a great song, and one of my favourites on this album. They also shot a pretty cool video for "Ten Ton Hammer" as well.
In a time when 'Nu-Metal' was starting to rise to it's peak, Machine Head with this album at least, really don't get caught in it. They stick mainly to their "Burn My Eyes" sound, while still producing something different, and a little more dark in my opinion. If you're new to Machine Head this is the perfect start.
on July 20, 2011
1997's The More Things Change is the unsung hero in Machine Head's discography, never really getting mentioned in list of best albums by magazines or having people ask for it to be played in its entirety live in concert. From what you read, it seems that people mostly got into the band from either their debut Burn My Eyes, the softer and more accessible The Burning Red or else from their universally acclaimed The Blackening album.
The More Things Change may not be as famous as any of those albums, but it is a very strong album in any case. The music is very heavy and groove orientated, with only a slightly darker leaning to the riffs and lyrics changing the formula inherited from its predecessor.
Go to any Machine Head concert in the last decade and you'll find a healthy portion of the material is from The More Things Change; tracks like 'Ten Ton Hammer,' and 'Take My Scars,' are absolutely essential listening for Machine Head fans, but even the less famous material like 'Bay Of Pigs,' and 'Blood Of The Zodiac,' are of the utmost quality.
Everything about this album is good, from the general musical direction to the production and performances. The musicianship is excellent (this is the final album with guitarist Logan Mader and the first album with drummer Dave McClain) Even the artwork and booklet are effective and understated.
This may not be the obvious first port of call for prospective Machine Head fans, but once you get into the band you definitely ought to pick up a copy of The More Things Change, it is a very underrated album and beyond that simply a very good album all round; its very hard, very heavy and almost bleak in atmosphere... I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 1999
smart lyrics, loud guitars, booming bass, pulsating bass drums, and crashing cymbals. What is this: 1.)another Puff Daddy rip-off? no I don't think so, 2.)it is an American masterpiece of a band; Machine Head.