Before the release of "Supercharger" came "The burning red", and out of the two albums this one is probably the better one. So while It still has the questionable smell of the stale and generic metal pampering in places, there does seem to be a concerted effort to provide an equally good measure of the traditional Machine Head brand too. On deconstruction and merit I am not entirely sure this is a truly effective album, but the progressive mindset behind it is sure to be highly commended and well deserving of recognition.
Out of what's here I prefer the quieter ones, (which is unusual as an avid rock & metal fan). "Enter the Phoenix, Silver and The burning red" all pass with flying colours on my quality control scale. The cover song of the classic police track "Message in a bottle" was a nice touch and a suitably honourable patronage to the original. The metal songs for me are largely lackluster: with the riffs being mostly forced and a song structure that doesn't seem to go anywhere. "I defy" and the more well known "The blood, the sweat, the tears" characterises these problems:- in particular.
For me, Machine Head's - The burning red sits in middle ground, it's still probably not one of they're better albums, but some parts work well and others not so well. So give it a try, especially to those with an appetite for aggesive nu metal leanings.