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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B00005A46S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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San Francisco's Machine Head haven't quite found a niche in the metal world. The sounds and ideas found on Supercharger are interesting and varied, as industrial mellowness mixes with punk fury, rap-metal leanings, and White Zombie-esque onslaughts, all captured deftly, thanks in part to producer Johnny K (Disturbed). Yet, while the album is an aurally pleasing, the songs lack memorable hooks. Singer Robert Flynn sometimes sounds like the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra, at other times like Jonathan Davis from Korn, especially on "Bulldozer." From the death-metal intensity of "Trephination" to the edgy punk of "American High," Machine Head have created an intense collection that, while revved up, runs out of gas quickly. --Katherine Turman

Customer Reviews

Kick You When Your Down...not one good track on this album.
Raldante McGillis
Back then Machine Head had their own heavy sound, I think they have lost that now, and that's too bad.
Not one to buy if your a first-time listener to Machine Head, or don't buy albums regularily.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rich on November 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to start off by saying that I'm a HUGE old-school machine head fan, and I was pretty damn dissappointed with The Burning Red. Supercharger, however, brought back a lot of their old sound, as well as a lot more aggressiveness. most of TBR just lacked, the songs really weren't that great, basically. songs like "I defy" and "devil with a kings card" and "silver" were just weak, they really didn't have any substance to them at all. a few stood out though, like the blood, the sweat, the tears, and Five (which is an all time favorite). this new album has a great collection of raw and powerful songs, and I'd like to do a song by song analysis to get across the most accurate review possible:
intro-it's just an intro...interesting though
bulldozer - good heavy song, it's nice that they kicked in some fast double bass to reoccur in the chorus. it added a lot for me. excellent opener, given their new sound. great song.
white knuckle blackout - sort of cheesy but it's a good song nevertheless. I really love the prechorus and chorus.
crashing around you - excellent chorus, good heaviness with a great guitar riff, it just lacks on some of the vocal intensity that I loved with old machine head. great song though.
kick you when you're down - really good intro, I love the old sounding fast pounding drums and the guitar harmonics. it's too bad he had to ruin it with a "come on" rapish thing right after the intro. interesting chorus...
only the names - great great song, slow, raw, powerful, good lyrics, good combo of old/new school machine head sounds. reminds me a lot of violate.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Troy on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Supercharger? Doesn't sound like a name Machine Head would give their fourth album, does it? All of their previous album names were dark, mysterious, and threatning. After the nonsensical intro is over and done with; Bulldozer enters in a murderous rage. "Sounds like my good old Machine Head", I thought to myself. Then it all started with "Crashing Around You". What the heck is this? The music itself doesn't make sense. Machine Head is so talented that when they play something that requires very little talent, it sounds horrible. Robb Flynn's vocals dont mix well with continuously light riffs. I was hoping that maybe this would be like The Burning Red's "From This Day", and just be a bad, radio friendly song, and later be made up for by some real metal. But it wasn't. "Kick You When You're Down" with Robb's rap-tinged vocals; and "Only The Names" with its exact same melodic pattern as their previous albums cover of The Police's "Message In A Bottle". The only thing keeping me interested is Dave McClain's, as usual, amazing drumming. Although I don't personally like Machine Head focusing this much on melody, I will admit that "All In Your Head" did force me to sing along with its brilliantly written melody. And, the cover of the unforgetable beginning riff of the Star Wars theme, on the title track, is hilarious. But all in all, Supercharger fails as a Machine Head album.
One question I must ask is why does Machine Head feel the need to change? It seems that the only reason for Machine Head to turn towards a more "nu-metal" sound would be to become popular with a mainstream audience. But, Robb's vocals are still anti-radio, and most of the songs are still to heavy to be heard on a mainstream station.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog on July 21, 2011
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Machine Head's fourth studio album Supercharger was released in 2001 to a reaction of almost universal disapproval. The album has since grown a reputation as an absolutely awful album to avoid at all costs.

Personally, I think that this was a bit of an overreaction. Admittedly, the choice of direction that the band had taken (inclusion of rapping and nu metal influences etc) wasn't what anyone wanted from Machine Head. The band have since rectified their direction with the albums which would follow however, and I think a lot of people need to take a fresh look at Supercharger. People were too busy disapproving of Machine Head playing nu metal to objectively judge the actual collection of songs on the album and the album just became the sort of cool-to-hate album that people feel the need to stick the boot into.

The album is by no means the best Machine Head album, but nor is it the disgusting mess it has been made out to be. There are a few great tracks on the album, most notably 'BullDozer,' 'Trephination,' and the title track, all of which may contain some of the more distasteful calling cards of the time, but all of which also contain enough of the classic Machine Head style to warrant reinvestigation.

Even a few of the less classic Machine Head sounding tracks are fun and unobjectionable. While I may be defending the album, it is still worth pointing out that the lyrics are largely a little cringe-worthy, the song structures may follow the quiet/loud structure that was popular at the time too strictly and there aren't the same caliber of guitar solos and dual leads to be found on newer Machine Head albums.

Supercharger is no masterpiece, that much may be true.
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