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The Blackening

26 Mar 2007

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  • Original Release Date: 28 Sept. 2001
  • Release Date: 28 Sept. 2001
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Copyright: 2007 The All Blacks B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:00:57
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  • ASIN: B001F30LJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,542 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Fairclough on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well, I have been waiting a long time for this album to come out and I have got to say I have not been let down!

The Blackening is said to be a big epic of the metal canvas which I first thought would be a huge overstatement... but I was wrong! This album is a musical milestone for the awesome Machine Head... Kerrang! have given this album a 5 out of 5... and i must say its not often they do that! And even Metal Hammer have given this album a 10 out of 10.. this album is truely and utterly awesome and every metal fan on earth should BUY IT NOW!!!! It is not only a Machine Head milestone proving Through The Ashes Of Empire was not just all they can produce of good musical class but it is a metal milestone.. people are going to be talking about this album for years to come.. it is the new 'Master Of Puppets' so make sure you are a part of this phenomenon... you will be making metal history!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
With machine heads debut they brought themselves to the world,with the follow up they kept us closer than before,with the burning red we kinda jumped back a bit,the nu-metal stylings horrified,with supercharger the world kinda looked at machine head with love again but in time that faded somwhat,with the brilliant through the ashes of the empire machine head had a hand on the metal world and now with their new album the blackening,machine head are on track to take the metal world back as their own,my tip is to back them on doing it.

The blackening on first appearances has the look of an old school thrash album,eight songs in total,just like the old days there then,the running time is just over a hour so the average song length is just over 7 minutes long,that may concern some but trust me when i say that the diversity within and the quality of chorus' charged down with solo work that swims in the waters of 80s thrash make for moments that we were born to enjoy.

The album opens with the bruising 'clenching the fists of dissent',a 10 minute epic that swirls all over the place with riffage that can tear a hole in your wall from 100 yards,rob flynn shouts his lyrics with force and focus and the music in the background is as metal as metal can be without delving into the dark side of metal (ie) black metal for example,machine head thrive on their melodies and here they compliment furious riffs,with speeding drums that knock the senses along with slower,more melodic and soothing sections.One such example can be found on 'beautiful mourning',a great song that will find its way into your head sooner rather than later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Oaten on 19 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Before Machine Head released "Ashes" they were on the brink of collapse, all their previous albums had been met with uncertainty from fans that Machine Head would never return to the glory they achieved in Burn My Eyes. After reforming late into 2001 the band set out to prove a point that they were indeed still a very credible heavy metal band. Along came "Ashes" and some people considered it to be the best machine head had released to date, they had restored faith in current fans and achieved in collecting a massive fanbase.

But many still considered machine head to have yet released anything groundbreaking, something which would set in stone the bands intentions. It is with their new album "The Blackening" that they really answer all their critics.

After multiple listens I have yet to find a single thing I do not like about this album. Rob Flynn's vocal performance is simply stunning, ranging from guttoral roars, to amazing harmonies with bassist Adam Duce. Its not only the vocals that impresses, The guitar work is incredible, riff upon riff of wonderous heaviness are pounded out, soloes squeal and screech their way onto every track. Nothing I have heard has ever even touched the talent on display here.

Being a drummer myself I was very impressed with the drumming on this album, Dave McClain really has great skill, double bass thunders out at super speed and elaborate patterns are woven to make the structure of the songs complete.

What Machine Head have produced here is their "Master of Puppets". II eagerly anticipate seeing them at Download this year and being able to take part in their equally stunning sets.

I seriously recommend that you buy this album, it will stun those who arent already a fan of machine head and amaze those who already are. Well done Machine head you have made my metal year!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wreckthedisco on 27 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ok so maybe my title for this review is a little unfair, but it does annoy me the way Roadrunner continually rip off the fandbase of its artist roster, rererere-releasing albums but with little treats each time to make us part with our cash. by shining example take the Roots album by Sepultura. How many times was that released?

The Blackening is a superb album, seen by many as a return to form building on the stunning "Ashes of Empires."
The best thing about this re-release is the B-Sides and Rarities cd.
Machine Head have doen some corking tunes that have been hard to track down. Alan's On Fire - the bonus track from the digipak special edition of Burn My Eyes, and My Misery from the Demon Knight OST & The More Things Change Japanese import. although some tracks arent that great.. Colors is a fine example, what they HELL where they thinking?
Anyway, this is a nice repackaging, and although it sucks that Roadrunner have made us all buy the Blackening AGAIN, to get this rarities CD, there are more inclusions on this DVD than were on the DVD special edition that the Blackening originally came with, I just think its a shame we couldn't have had a b-sides and rarities album on its own (because i dont have the restraint neccessary to not buy something i already have, especially when enticed by a few extra bits and pieces - take all 5 reissued carcass albums for example).
Although i will put my money on The Blackening being released again at some point with an "Even more special edition" like they did with the 20years of Roadrunner re-release of Roots by Sepultura.. any old excuse eh..
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