Unto the Locust
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Make no mistake, this is another very, very solid MH album to add to the roster. Robb has become excellent at injecting melody into his songs without losing one bit of the heaviness. His classical influences are given a decidedly metal stamp, seen most clearly on the track Be Still and Know. The classic-metal guitars are blended perfectly with a traditional MH groove for a track that is reminiscent of the Empires album, but with a thrashier edge than that release and even The Blackening. Every song on `Locust' just screams metal, from the opener, I Am Hell, and its blistering speed that recalls A Nation on Fire, to the crushing Pearls Before Swine, which again uses melody to perfection in creating powerful metal.
I could nitpick some of Robb's clean singing, which isn't always as great as people around him probably tell him, or a chorus here and there that sounds a bit radio-catchy, but it would be exactly that...nitpicking.Read more ›
Now 2011, welcome, Unto the Locust, something I hoped for and wow, couldn't have imagined, the greatest MH album to date. I keep reading in dfferent places, it's not The Blackening 2, like that is a bad thing. I for one, don't want the same, we had The Blackening. When you want that, listen to it. Actually, the nice thing is in my opinion, they took the structure of The Blackening, made it more compact/easier to digest and absolutely improved on every performance scale, vocals, playing, production etc..Unto the Locust is an absolute beast all on it's own, exactly the way it should be heard and judged!!!! Love Robb's production. Nothing clouds up the other. The drums just are the best they ever had on any MH album. Phil and Robb just shred and not in any repetitive way. I hear complaints bout the kids singing, the complaint seems so minor for the part they play and I think actually compliments the tune.
I wanted to pick favorite tunes and can't, this is a true album, great individual tunes but should be experienced in whole. I will say these guys kick out great cover tunes and the two on here are no exception, with The Sentinel just crushing. Definitely if you can, get the deluxe version. The artwork is really cool to and worthy of pointing out. In conclusion, this album seems to be going over well with many and as I listen now, I stand by my opinion, this is a MH masterpiece!!!!
Whereas The Blackening felt very cohesive stylistically and blended together nearly perfectly Unto the Locust is a much more divided album stylistically. There are acoustic guitars. There's a children's choir (made up, I'm told, of the kids of the band members). The album begins with a full out sonata with three movements. Machine Head doesn't have anything left to prove to us. They've overcome the dark days of the Supercharger era and are headlining major festivals like Wacken Open Air. Unto the Locust is an expression of that confidence.Read more ›
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Excellent Product, Totally Recommended! a nice super top notch itemPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
This is one of the best albums they have made in my opinion. Adams vocals on the 2nd track and others are fantastic. I think his backup vocals will be missed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by nix999
Pretty fantastic stuff all around.
My only real qualm is the first track. It starts in such epic fashion and builds into such intense, metal bliss that I found the... Read more
I've seen a lot of people saying some bad things about this album because its not as heavy as their older ones, or because its more or less blah, blah, blah than their old ones. Read morePublished 6 months ago by EE
I've listened to Machine Head since their self-titled album came out. This isn't their best album, but not their worst either. By now, you know what Machine Head sounds like. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MoT BarSToW
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The deluxe version has a total of 10 songs, 2 covers (Judas Priest's 'The Sentinel' and Rush's 'Witch Hunt', I believe) and an acoustic version of Darkness Within. Still, The Blackening only had 8 tracks, so I wouldn't jump the gun just on the number of tracks alone. If this album is in the same... Read More
Sep 7, 2011 by That Metal Guy | See all 4 posts