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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."
This deluxe version features 3 bonus tracks (2 studio b-sides & 1 acoustic track) and a DVD with a 45 min "Making of the Album"
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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.
When I heard he left "Vio" to form Machine Head I was anxious to hear what he'd come up with.
I loved "Burn My Eyes".
Loved "The More Things Change" even more.
Then came "The Burning Red" and "Supercharger".
Let's just say that after "Super" I pretty much jumped ship with everyone else lol.
I really hadn't gotten back into them but then I heard "Locust" and was hooked right off the bat.
Based on all the positive reviews of "Blackening" I bought that and it hasn't left my I Pod in over a month.
I'll be getting "Through the Ashes" pretty quick here.
I just got "Locust" today and wow, am I impressed.
"Blackening" is an awesome album but I'm not really sure about the comparisons.
"Locust" is a lot different, different in good ways.
The songs seem more focused and to the point.
They're still every bit as long, every bit the musical journey but there seems to be a lot more dynamics this time around.
The vocals are amazing this time around.
Rob's vocal lessons totally paid off.
His rough vocals were always the best in the business but now he has clean vocals that are powerful and effective.
Easily one the most recognizable voices in metal, Rob has totally gone to another level on this album.
I'd love to hear him do a version of "World In a World" from "Oppressing the Masses".
The dual vocals especially are brilliant on "Be Still and Know" and "This is the End".
"I am Hell"........incredible.
"Darkness Within".......dynamics and more dynamics.
"Pearls"......technical and brutal.
"Who We Are"..........well......the song itself is good but I hate the kids singing.
From Pink Floyd's "Teachers, leave them kids alone" to that colossally annoyingly epic failure "Hard Knock Life" from Jay Z...........when little kids are chirping away in any song it's like nails down a chalk board.
Thankfully it's only a few seconds in the song which I just forward through.
The ending has strings.....yes strings..........I wouldn't mind seeing more of that overall (Not quite as bombastic as Dimmu Borgir) but a few instrumentals would rule.)
Like I said the rest of the song is amazing MH.
All in all, just as good as "Blackening" maybe even a little more mature.
Not quite as epic but more focused and tighter overall.
I love it.
So glad MH got their act together before it was too late.
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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