Tag Archives: Machine Head

27
Oct

Blast from the Past: Machine Head – Supercharger

Yep, that’s right. I’m going there. Seen by many as the ‘black sheep’ of Machine Head‘s discography, and part of a period in the band’s history that fans largely like to pretend merely did not exist. Supercharger isn’t the most popular of albums and was viewed by some critics as being a further divergence from “real metal”, instead having more than a nibble on the nipples of nu-metal. Dammit Machine Head, you shouldn’t have stared into the eyes of Medusa!

Regardless, earlier this month, Supercharger turned 10-years-old. That’s right, it’s the tenth anniversary and what better time is it, to review the most controversial of Machine Head‘s releases (well, besides The Burning Red maybe)?

Make the jump fuckers before I get all bulldozer on your ass. It’s Supercharger time y’all.


21
Oct

Robb still loves Metallica. Clearly he hasn’t heard Lulu yet…

Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn. Much of the chat revolves around what it was like for the band opening for Metallica, his love for them, and whether he is a table or not. You can read more on the story, and view videos and photos from the tour, over at Blabbermouth.

Check out the video of James Hetfield joining Machine Head on stage to perform their masterpiece, ‘Aesthetics of Hate’, above. The performance is taken from May 2009 during the Death Magnetic tour.


19
Oct

Review: Machine Head – Locust Vinyl (Metal Hammer)

Today sees the release of  the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine in the UK. The magazine is celebrating 25 years “of keeping it heavy” making this issue a very special edition. No, I’m not on Metal Hammer’s payroll, nor am I receiving commission for advertising the magazine, but as someone who was brought into the digital age kicking and screaming, the “free” Machine Head vinyl really does appeal to me. For years people, friends and lovers, have mocked me for clinging so tightly to CDs under their own misguided delusions that “MP3s are better”. Now I get to enjoy the sweet analogue sounds of Machine ‘fucking’ Head on vinyl and I’m #winning as always.

Damn you Metal Hammer, you made me pick up your “fan pack” magazine in order to get a physical copy of Unto the Locust (fuck digital copies), and now you’ve tricked me into buying your 25th anniversary special. Ah well, so I guess it’s time for me to clean the dust off my (*cough* dad’s) record player and blast some Machine Head goodness.

Machine Head – Locust vinyl (Metal Hammer 25th anniversary exclusive)

1. Locust (Album Version)
2. Beautiful Mourning (Live)
3. Bite The Bullet (Live)

Side A begins with the song ‘Locust’ taken from the band’s latest masterpiece, Unto the Locust. Those that heard the early ‘advance mix’ were no doubt disappointed with the track (I know I was), but the final album version kicked ass with a better mix and within the context of the album. Now imagine what it sounds like on vinyl and with huge Wharfedale professional speakers. The bass destroys and song as whole sounds incredible. Although not the best track on the album (‘I Am Hell’ could have really benefited from the vinyl treatment), it still makes for a great start to the record.

Side B contains the two live tracks. ‘Beautiful Mourning’ is a great track from The Blackening and a good choice since it doesn’t always get as much attention compared to other tracks on the album. The performance is flawless and makes for a phenomenal listening. It’s almost like the band are performing right in front of me. Each riff, each note, and each blast of the drum is played with complete precision. Final track ‘Bite the Bullet’ is also played brilliantly, but makes for quite an odd track choice. The song is far from being a favorite for me, but regardless, Machine Head are once again on fire.

Short, sweet, but definitely worthy of the £4.99 price. For more information on the magazine, click here.


14
Oct

Friday Top 10: Worst band transformations

Transformer

Fresh of the recently debuted Korn‘s dubstep track, I got an amazing (and very original) idea for a Top 10: let’s take a look at some of the most drastic transformations in hard rock and metal.

List is mostly based on music, though we all know metal goes hand in hand with fashion, so we’ll feature some of that as well. Read on to find ten examples of some of the most horrific, embarrassing or simply plain stupid transformations, in what is could be the first out of two articles.


10
Oct

Robb Flynn also got interviewed

Robb Flynn of Machine Head got interviewed by a site called LocalBozo. I got a threat warning when trying to view the original site, so I’m not gonna link it here — I’m sure it’s an error, so no hate towards that site, but I simply can’t risk infecting our readers. Not that I care about their computers, I just think God will punish me for eternity. 🙁

You can listen to the chat above through the magic of embedding, though, because what else am I gonna post on the site today? Metal needs to be revived, yo, there’s barely anything to write about today.

Speaking of Machine Head, they’re on another festival with Limp Bizkit, and yet again, they are below them in the lineup. Haha!

We weren’t around when the drama happened, but Metalsucks were, so you can read about it here (for nostalgia factor, or if you’ve never heard of it).


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