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Avatara's review of Machine Head "The Blackening".
on 11 May 2015
"The Blackening" sounds more like the natural successor to "Burn My Eyes" than "The More Things Change" and is like "Burn My Eyes" Part II with all the added benefit of thirteen years of experience as a band. Musically the album has more going on than "Burn My Eyes" as it has more melodic passages and tempo changes which add to the heaviness of the album. Machine Head have written four of the longest songs of their career for this Thrash Metal opus and they are so good that they seem no longer than three minutes in length!! The lead guitar work is amazing in its technique and melodies, Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel are like a modern day Glen Tipton and K.K. Downing trading leads like duellist's trading blows and parries like their very lives depended upon it. Robb's vocals weave in and out of the clean and gruff styles with ease and undeniable presence, sounds like he may have taken a leaf from Burton C. Bell's songbook! The drumming is superb, tight and precise, Dave McClain is nimble and groovy in his flawless drum gymnastics and a true pleasure to listen to. Adam Deuce's bass work is driving and pounding with a funky twang peppering the songs admirably. I can say with hand on heart that this is my favourite Machine Head album to date and what a masterpiece it is!! This album is the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears and it oozes conviction and power. If you love Thrash Metal that is light years ahead of the pack then you owe it to yourself to buy this album, you really won't regret it at all!!!