I’ve gone too long without talking about Machine Head on this blog! These guys are the kings of the down-tuned chug. Over the years, their style has seen a bit of change (including a rough stint at the turn of the century), but overall, they’ve delivered plenty of great metal music over the years. Let’s rank their albums from worst to best:
Ew. This was that aforementioned rough point. It’s obvious Machine Head was trying to keep up with the ‘nu-metal’ trend of the time, but it didn’t translate well to their sound, coming off as forced–and just plain bad. ‘Bulldozer” has a cool riff, but other than that, this album is thin on positives.
The Burning Red
This album led into Supercharger, and some of the influences can be heard. However, it was more of a blended sound. Songs such as ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears’ and the title track have held up well, and are still performed live– more than what can be said for the follow-up album.
The More Things Change
Now we’re into the good albums. This one, while disappointing compared to their excellent debut album, was strong. Highlights include ‘Ten Ton Hammer,’ and ‘Take My Scars.’ The album is simple, but very heavy.
Unto The Locust
This epic album really drove home the band’s new progressive direction, and featured some sprawling tracks like ‘Locust’ and ‘Pearls Before The Swine.’ The album is packed full of great riffs, excellent compositions, and grandiose displays of the band’s growing musical talent.
Bloodstone & Diamonds
2014 saw Machine Head release a monster! The album featured ‘Game Over,’ a song about broken friendships. It resonated with everyone and proved to be one of the best songs in the band’s discography. However, that can be said about almost every track on ‘Bloodstone,’ an all-around great album.
Through The Ashes Of Empires
What nu-metal? Machine Head roared back to form with this amazing collection of songs in 2003. ‘Bite The Bullet,’ and ‘Imperium’ launch the album with a bang, while the emotional ‘Descend The Shades Of Night’ closes things out. In-between, we get a whole lot of classic Machine Head; huge, chugging riffs, growled vocals, and guitar solos.
Things got even better after ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’ as Machine Head stepped things up a notch. The songs became longer and more complex, while the musicianship reached an unforeseen level. Look no further than tracks such as ‘Halo,’ ‘Wolves,’ and the Dimebag Darrell memoir ‘Aesthetics Of Hate.’
Seven words: “LET FREEDOM RING WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST!”