Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
CMJ: "[T]he once mighty neo-thrash Machine Head have returned to the no-holds-barred form that made them famous....[A] true return to form."
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- Released: April 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Roadrunner Records
CMJ - 3/29/04, p.16"[T]he once mighty neo-thrash Machine Head have returned to the no-holds-barred form that made them famous....[A] true return to form."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.53"[T]he quartet returned to what they do best: writing mammoth, crunching riffs of undeniable power."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Imperium
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Bite the Bullet
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Left Unfinished
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Elegy
- $0.99 on iTunes5.In the Presence of My Enemies
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Days Turn Blue to Grey
- $0.99 on iTunes7.VIM
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Seasons Wither
- $0.99 on iTunes9.All Falls Down
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Wipe the Tears
- 11.Descend the Shades of Night
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Initial pressings of THROUGH THE ASHES OF EMPIRES include a bonus disc.
Machine Head: Robert Flynn (vocals, guitar); Phil Demmel (guitar); Adam Duce (bass, background vocals); Dave McClain (drums).
Recorded at Sharkbite Studios, Oakland, California in 2003.
Machine Head: Robert Flynn (vocals, guitar); Phil Demmel (guitar); Adam Duce (bass instrument, background vocals); Dave McClain (drums).
On THROUGH THE ASHES OF EMPIRES, Machine Head delivers another potent dose of the group's signature blend of late-1980s thrash and Pantera-inspired alt-metal. This time around, though, the band takes frequent musical interludes from the sonic onslaught--a tinkling toy piano provides "Left Unfinished" with a nicely eerie, horror-film intro, while "Wipe Away the Tears" features a Black Flag-style spoken rant. In a few places, the ordinarily pummeling juggernaut that is Machine Head even gets downright melodic--"Shades of Night," for example, features vocal harmonies would fit right in on an Incubus disc. Longtime fans need not worry, though--THROUGH THE ASHES OF EMPIRES provides enough angst-laden growls and six-string shredding to keep heads banging, machine or otherwise.
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