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5.0 out of 5 stars A Recommendation, July 24, 2002
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This review is from: Burn My Eyes (Audio CD)
After seeing at least 60 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 debut metal albums of all time, and that nothing like it 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 this Machine Head album, 'Burn My Eyes,' 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 they're 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 and at a very minimum giving them a brief listen so you can see for yourself how great they are (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' after you get your hands on Machine Head's amazing debut 'Burn My Eyes.' You will not be disappointed. It's very hard to find, and even ...has it listed as "Limited Availability." May the Aggro-Thrash live on!
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2008 8:00:08 PM PDT
HallofGods says:
Dude, thank god you decided to take your review a different route. I have been searching and searching for something similar to Burn my Eyes, and now it appears I have found it. Thanks!
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