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Through the Ashes of Empires [Limited Edition]

Machine Head Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • ASIN: B0000D96NX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Imperium
2. Bite The Bullet
3. Left Unfinished
4. Elegy
5. In The Presence Of My Enemies
6. Days Turn Blue To Gray
7. Vim
8. All Falls Down
9. Wipe The Tears
10. Descend The Shades Of Night
Disc: 2
1. Bite The Bullet
2. Left Unfinished
3. Elegy
4. All Falls Down
5. Descend The Shades Of Night
6. "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears (Live)"
7. The Making of Through The Ashes of Empires

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With Through the Ashes of Empires, Machine Head appear to be taking stock, looking backwards and forwards. Before this, using scratching, samplers and bewildering distortion, Machine Head strove to rise above the ferociously rocking pack inspired by their 1994 debut, Burn My Eyes. Yet in much of the first half of this album they return to the churning, multi-faceted metal of their early years, as if attempting to rediscover their former flaming spirit. It's not that it's not aggressive--"Bite the Bullet" and "Left Unfinished" are really quite fearsome--just that it's lacking the furious innovation we've come to expect.

Thankfully, this situation changes. "Days Turn Blue to Gray" features what ought to be a crushing riff that's instead hushed and made to back a pastoral interlude. "All Falls Down" veers from crunching metal to melancholy folk, singer Rob Flynn weirdly employing all the seductive softness of INXS's "Need You Tonight" while threatening strangulation and worse. The tough talkover of "Wipe the Tears" and the sub-classical guitar-fest of "Descend the Shades of Night" bring the album to a glorious conclusion. Machine Head still burn brightly, and Flynn, in discussing the birth-parents who discarded him, takes his rage to new levels. You'd think he'd be over it by now. Be glad he isn't. --Dominic Wills

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MACHINE HEAD Through The Ashes Of Empire (2003 UK issue limited edition 2-CD set comprising the 10-track CD album featuring the singles Imperium & Days Turn Blue To Gray plus a Bonus Enhanced CD including demo versions of Bite The Bullet Left Unfinished Elegy All Falls Down Descend The Shades Of Night and making of footage. Complete with a outer card picture slipcase with an extensive picture / lyric booklet. The slipcase displays some light storagewear on the spine but the disc remain in perfect condition RR8363-8)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy as hell 4 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
The two words i would use to describe this album are heavy and melodic. Every song is heavy and melodic and usually well paced. Some songs have fast as hell parts on them. If you liked the older machine head because of intensity and you like the new machine head because of melodic-eness then you should buy this because its great. 10/10!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine head e.g Gods of Metal 1 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Machine Head have done it again. Through the ashes of empires has got to be their best work since Burn my eyes if not better. This band are pioneers of the way metal should be and are constantly pushing the bench mark in the music industry. They give you a blend of all out heavy riffing and crazy double bass like Vim or Imperium to melodic master pieces like Descend the shades of night. I feel that people can easily relate to this album and this band as there songs are so meaningfull and honest, i personally deeply relate to Wipe the tears because of what i have been through and im sure other people respond the same to this or any of the other songs on the album. This album is the best investment i have every made and once you buy this i garranty you'll feel the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the album of 2003 19 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Simply stunning, a metalheads dream come true.
Imperium, one of the finest songs to ever grace a metal lovers CD player. My friend let me listen to this one song, and it simply blew me away and I went out to buy the album the next day. The build up in this song is simply incredible and then the roar from Rob Flynn signalling the return of brutal Machine Head. I would give the album 5 stars even if Imperium was the only good track on it and the rest of it sucked. However the rest of teh album is far from crap. It is simply stunning. From the incredible choruses, brutal guitar riffs and astounding drumming this album is metal perfection. The final track on this album, the semi acoutic, Descend the Shades of Night is remarkable. From slow acoustic chords being played a unbelievable outpouring of emotion near the end of the song from Rob Flynn takes place.
Trust me, you like metal, buy this, you will not be disappointed. Machine Head seem to be the only band in 2003 that returned to their 'old' roots and succeeded with flying colours. Metallica and St. Anger by far the most disappointing album I ahve ever heard, don't get me wrong I like it, but even after 8 months I can't compare it to any of their old albums, even Load. Korn, yes Take A Look In the Mirror was a triumphant return and was simply the heaviest beats to come out of them in a while, it lacked....... the directiona and emotion of their first attempt. Both these classic bands should take a page out of Machine Head's book for their next records.
Machine Head, they rule, yes they do, they are truly the Kings of Metal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Improvment 7 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This new album from Machine Head is a big improvement from their other albums and is a good follow up from Supercharger. This album can be heavy with all the guitars thrashing away but there is more melody and singing in this album. Machine Head fans will love this album and the band, show us again that they are still great writers and performers. Their UK tour, which finished this month, has proven that they are still a great band. This album is a great gift for a big fan at Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Ashes of the Best Album Ever Made 7 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Eyyyyyyy! I got the cd, put it on, turned up the volume and was blown away. I'd read in places like the roadrunner uk and machine head websties that this was a good album, but i thought it was just hype. It really is one the best albums out there. The first song Imperium does the job of getting you hooked. It starts with some quiet clean guitars then Machine Head kick in with crazy drums and some of the best guitar riffs we've heard from them yet. The rest of the album follows this pattern and if you liked Burn My Eyes or The More Things Change, your gonna love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5stars +.............. 21 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
......5stars + if u get the version with 'seasons wither' on it. basically in my opinion this is the best metal album to come out in a long time. i didnt manage to get it with the strangely deleted track, but when i added it to my mp3 player i just added it in as i'd downloaded it.it makes a really good album into the best heavy metal album for a long time! the limited edition (2discs) of this album is real gud too, as u get demos and videos which are both interesting and entertaining. Machine Head and Down it seems produce the best f*king metal albums known to man, so its no surprise that this is absolutely awesum. the riffs are top draw, aswell as the lyrics, really hit the spot. also the drummer i feel is a little underated. All in all well worth your hard earned pennies. please buy it now and experience metal the way it was meant to be played in the 21st century.awesome!!! cant wait for The Blackening!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning release 1 Mar 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
machine head epitomise metal,i would be lying if i said they always have as the albums 'the burning red' and 'supercharger' didnt rock and rip like the classic albums before them,rob flynn and company let some fans down on 'supercharger' and 'the burning red',but this was just the remedy we needed,metal was restored and chaos and ferocity were the order of the day on here,of course it wasnt all metal,there were ballady moments but they were cracking ballads,some songs are long but they retain interest by strong hooks and memorable chorus',all in all it is metal and thats why we loved them,the memory of their nu metal days is starting to fade now ,thank you machine head
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Brilliant machine head album! imperium and days turn blue to grey are my favourites but they are all good, a very good album! 5 stars.
Published 6 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear Me Now!!
This is the much needed return to form for Machine head after the previous supercharger which consisted of mainly Nu-Metal throughout which is good if your looking for a limp... Read more
Published 14 months ago by RuairidhMc92
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head - Through The Ashes Of Empires
Machine Head's fifth studio album Through The Ashes Of Empires was released in 2003 to a mixture of praise from some fans and suspicion from others. Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
The track listing for this item is incorrect, there's a song missing.
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01. Imperium
02. Bite The Bullet
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Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Mr. J. Bentham
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
Through the Ashes of Empires is an awesome album, the previous album was a bit of a disappointment but this is Machine Head back to their best.
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Ms. S. Mahony
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Much better than Burn My Eyes. A truly stunning CD with powerful vocals and a simplistic approach to metal. Read more
Published on 30 May 2007 by Bod
4.0 out of 5 stars intensely dark, stunningly powerful
i'm not always a heavy metal fan and seem to be one of the few people who loved 'the burning red', but whatever type of metal you usually listen to, buy this album. Read more
Published on 17 April 2007 by me
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly 5 stars, 4.5 maybe
This is a very good metal album, especially when comparing it to alot of other metal bands around, but Machine Head have still not managed to find the same heaviness, ferocity or... Read more
Published on 14 July 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars back with a bang
em, not heard much of these guys since burn and the way things change. Caught the lead track on the website and it hit straight away so bought the album. Read more
Published on 1 May 2005 by Mr. Pj Armstrong
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