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How do you create a masterpiece of modern metal? Is it a conscious effort on the part of the artists or is it something more organic – a confluence of events and moods, emotions and mechanics that all come together in the right place at the right time? That’s the question that comes to mind upon the first listen to Machine Head’s sixth studio album The Blackening. Guitars ... Read more in Amazon's Machine Head Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner UK
  • ASIN: B005OK42KA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 2011 album from the Bay Area Metal band.

Customer Reviews

Heaviness This album gets better the more you listen.
Jessie's Boyfriend
The harmonizing vocals, the blazing guitar and drum work of "This is the End" mixing with to the simply overwhelming heavy grooves and speed of "I am Hell".
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And, quite frankly, each time you play the album it just gets better and better - and each song seems new and uniquely refreshing every time.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Machine Head seems to have one thing in mind on the new album: Heavy Metal. Each track avoids sounding influenced by current trends in metal and achieves a timeless quality due to the unapologetic focus on creating a true heavy metal album that will stand the test of time. While some people will call this a masterpiece and others will say it's only average, very few will argue that it's not good. I was skeptical about Unto the Locust hearing Robb Flynn give interviews about how he brushed up on his classical guitar and took vocal lessons. Here we go, I thought, some pretentious attempt at being "serious," that will just come off sounding forced and generic. I'm ecstatic to have been proven wrong by the Machine Head powerhouse.

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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Anderson on September 27, 2011
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The word masterpiece traditionally applies to the single greatest work of an artist's life. For instance, even though I personally prefer Ride the Lightning the vast (and I mean VAST) majority would say that Master of Puppets is Metallica's masterpiece. I would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't believe The Blackening to be Machine Head's masterpiece. It's the best album of the last decade, let alone their work. Well, I stand before you a conflicted man because I think Unto the Locust is best described as a masterpiece too. I don't know if I could put it above The Blackening, at least not yet. I've had four years to sit on and enjoy that album over and over again. But Locust is at the very least yet another major and important album from the Bay Area Kings and cements their place among the the major thrash bands like Slayer and yes even Metallica.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Saint Vegas on October 6, 2011
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Unto the Locust as of right now, album of the year for me and will make the list of my all time favorites without question. Always been diehard Machine Head, since day one. Didn't have the hate most had for Supercharger, even with it's faults, which it definitely had. Can't say how incredible The Blackening is to this day and Through The Ashes... my "it album", that came at a time in my life, that I not only needed it but I connected with, in such an emotional and heavy way, you know, one of those rare ones, people may be lucky to have really touch them, maybe only once in a listener's life.
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!!!!
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