Unto The Locust
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Musically, Unto The Locust is the essence of what Machine Head have been doing for nearly two decades. "It feels like the culmination of what we've been doing for the last 17 years: power grooves, patented Machine Head harmonics, crushing guitars and dark melodies, but taken to a new level," Flynn said. "It's a natural progression from The Blackening."
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Everything about "Unto the Locust" is simply flawless. The guitars are crisp, fast, and heavy, Flynn's vocals are as angry and brutal as ever, but also melodic in all the right places, and McClain brings us the best performance of his career on the drum kit. Bassist Adam Duce graces our ears with his haunting backing vocals on a number of tracks, most notably on "This Is The End," and Flynn harmonizes his own vocals in a few spots as well, which is a new tactic. Demmel and McClain can be heard a few times here and there, but for the most part they stick to their instruments.
Despite containing only one song under six minutes in length, there isn't any filler present on "Unto the Locust." Each song is stuffed with killer riffs; before anything has a chance to get stale Flynn and Demmel diverge into something completely different, then bring back familiar (but not always identical) melodies before diverging once again. On tracks such as "I Am Hell" and "Who We Are" Flynn utilizes his classical guitars, and Demmel employs some interesting effects on the breakdown riff in "This Is The End." Just as on "The Blackening," Machine Head achieves a vast amount of musical complexity without making the album unlistenable, which is always a complicated feat.
There is not a dull moment on "Unto the Locust," let alone a bad track. Machine Head really knocked it out of the park with this album, and frankly, I'm still in awe. My expectations for "Unto the Locust" could not have been more unrealistic, yet they were still exceeded. "Unto the Locust" is, simply put, a force to be reckoned with. If you don't believe me, purchase this album for yourself and enjoy the carnage first hand.
For those of you interested in the special edition extras:
If you spring for the special edition you're going to get a great cover of Judas Priest's "The Sentinel," a decent cover of Rush's "Witch Hunt," an acoustic version of "Darkness Within" which is well worth the extra money, and "The Making of Unto the Locust" documentary, which is interesting but (and this is my only complaint about the entire package) only clocks in at 22 minutes. It could easily have been twice as long and still been quite entertaining.
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. No, Darkness Within, the "slow" track doesn't quite live up to Descend the Shades of Night, but it's still awesome, with some nice acoustic work that builds up into a semi-heavy song, with a very heavy middle. And songs like the pre-released Locust and the excellent Be Still and Know bring to mind Through the Ashes of Empires more than any other MH album, at least in my opinion. Yes, this one is a success for a hardworking band that seems to have finally found an identity after years of hard touring and soul searching. Fans of this band should not be disappointed.
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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