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What a wonderfully epic metal album!,
This review is from: The Blackening (Audio CD)
When I first heard Machine Head a few years back, I dismissed them as your stereotypical nu-metal band trying to cash in on the trend. I was ignorant to Burn My Eyes and didn't bother noticing Through the Ashes of Empires.
Well, one night while wandering around my local hypermarket, I saw The Blackening in the CD rack. I remembered reading some decent articles on it in Revolver and Decibel and, without even having heard a track, took a gamble and bought the CD.
What a great idea that was.
The album has 8 tracks, yet is over an hour long. Every song is so over the top that it's pure metal decadence. "Clenching the Fists of Dissent", the opening track, is over 10 minutes and barely prepares you for all of the bone-jarring breakdowns, high-flying solos, pounding drums, and anti-establishment lyrics that this album throws at you. I could go on and list all of the highlights of the songs on this album, but it's best stated that this album serves as an example of what's right in modern thrash metal. If you're a bigger fan of songs that are direct and to the point, then you'd probably get a big kick out of "Beautiful Mourning", "Aesthetics of Hate", and "Slanderous". However, the songs that stood out to me on the album to be the best are the ones that I considered the most melodic and progressive: "Clenching the Fists of Dissent", "Now I Lay Thee Down", and my personal favorite "A Farewell to Arms."
Again, "A Farewell to Arms" is in my opinion the most outstanding song on album, not to mention the song that I feel best summarizes the elements found throughout the album.
This album makes me ask so many questions: What if Phil Demmel was in the band earlier? What if Roadrunner didn't try pushing them into nu-metal when that style was popular? Would this album be considered as great as it is if Metallica (one of their larger influences) still wrote music with this type of tenacity? You know what, forget the questions and go with the now: This album rules!
Bottom line: If you haven't bought this album already, you're wasting time! Get it now!