The Blackening [Vinyl]
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by Revolver Magazine and declared one of the
greatest metal records of 2007 by countless
others, The Blackening is widely regarded
as Machine Head' s greatest triumph to date.
Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the
release of this modern day classic as a double
LP, packaged in a full-color, gatefold jacket
and inner sleeves featuring song lyrics and
Top Customer Reviews
So what's the point in the history lesson? To understand why Machine Head's return to form has been so triumphant. "The Blackening" is hands down, without a doubt, the best thing Machine Head have done since 1994. One listen to the opening epic, "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent," and you're opinion of Machine Head will be forever altered. I'd hate for this review to be just mindless hype, but everything you've been hearing so far is true. "The Blackening" is a masterpiece.Read more ›
It's amazing that a band can go from making a sub par album like Supercharger to making a great album like Through the Ashes of Empires. I was glad of their return to form with that CD, but the Blackening is even more than a return to form. It is a reinvention. They've taken the great riffing and precice timing of Burn My Eyes and imbued it with a tone that is both brutally angry and chillingly haunting at the same time. Many of the tracks have slow, melodic passages with amazing bass lines, acoustic guitar parts and a chorus of background vocals and then lead into riffing so brutal you almost forget you are listning to the same song. Also, as with BME and TtAoE, they intermix modern style riffing with catchy style riffs that are definitely 80s influenced, making them a metal band that anyone can love. The guitar solos in these songs act as more than just talent showcases for the artists, they flow with the song and with some songs they are the best part.
1) Cleching The Fists of Dissent: Wow! Possibly my favorite song on the album and maybe my favorite from the band (though Imperium is hard to top). The intro to this song reminds me of 'Fight Fire with Fire' on Metallica's 'Ride the Litghtning'. It starts out with a mellow acoustic passage and then bursts into a brutal riff with angry vocals and lyrics to back it. This is an epic track, clocking in at 9:36 with not a second wasted. (I particularly like the part at about 6:30 'FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!Read more ›
After releasing their debut, "Burn My Eyes" (which is groove/post-metal landmark), in 1994, Machine Head began experimenting with their sound by releasing a series of mediocre and uneven albums which were substantially softer, and even arguably nu-metal-ish. As a result, the band lost a large part of their fanbase. But then, in 2004, they stormed back onto the scene with a triumphant return to form, "Through The Ashes Of Empires." Unfortunately, heavy metal (and the metalcore genre, in particular) was at the peak of its popularity that year, so some fans thought of "Ashes" as just a trend jump. But now, three years after that, the Oakland-based quartet have released their sixth studio effort, "The Blackening," an album that leaves mere "metalcore" and "groove metal" in the dust. In fact, throw out all of the categories, because Machine Head are now in a class by themselves.
"The Blackening" sounds like a mix of old and new. Frontman Rob Flynn (who was once in a Nineties thrash band called Vio-lence) draws a bit from his own past by filling these songs with intense tempos, excellent riffs, and killer solos which evoke the Bay Area's glory days. Plus, "The Blackening" recaptures much of the same raw energy, emotion, visceral impact, and iron-fisted aggression as 2004's "Through The Ashes Of Empires." But in no way is this just a simple throwback album, because it expands a great deal on Machine Head's sound, musicianship, and songwriting skills.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is headed towards being one of my forever classics. It is a bit older but you can hear the beginnings of some seriously fast moving music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Rieth
Awesome price, awesome shipping, have zero negative things to sayPublished 11 months ago by shane phillips
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|UK Version comes with DVD||
yeah, wtf. The UK version has a cover of Battery on it too, evidently. I had to download the song because they don't have it on the US version.
Mar 27, 2007 by C. Wilson | See all 5 posts
|The UK version has "Battery" on it???||
Knowing Roadrunner Records, they'll probably re-release The Blackening a few months later with a bunch of b-sides, with Battery probably being one of them, a bunch of demos, liner notes and a dvd or second disc worth of music. Sadly I would probably buy the album a second time if they did do... Read More
Mar 2, 2007 by Matt Richardson | See all 6 posts
|"The Blackening" is awesome!||
I agree, this is an awesome album!! I was just looking for some songs on the net by Machine Head & i ran across this advance album. Like 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' this album mixes the best with the old & new. I know every band goes through a faze every now and then & they end up puttin out... Read More
Feb 11, 2007 by Midnight Distortions | See all 4 posts
|what are the two extra tracks?||
just received my copy today may 19, there is only one bonus track on the cd a cover of metallica's "battery" and the bonus making of and extra concert footage dvd-appears to be regionless(which plays ok in my pc drive and x-box drive) NO 2ND BONUS TRACK , but still worth the money for... Read More
May 19, 2007 by timbuktu | See all 2 posts
|For the people who HATE "The Blackening"||
I would also like to call Anthony Charles Wieck an idiot.
Machine Head is known for their stage presence. I believe it is impossible for Machine Head to have a dvd displaying their concert skills that has sold as well as Eligies, and still manage to completely suck on stage.
Plus, I have seen... Read More
Apr 21, 2007 by Aaron Lamb | See all 17 posts
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