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An Awesome band...doing what they do best
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 17/03/2011 14:25:11
Machine Head was at what seemed their lowest point of their career with the album supercharger. The album didn't sell well at all, so Roadrunner cut funding and dropped the band. Lead guitarist Ahrue Luster wanted to go in a more melodic direction and he left. So Machine Head picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and said forget mainstream, we'll do what we want to do .Well, as a three piece they created a masterpiece of an album called "Through The Ashes of Empires" which had no label support or a permanent replacement to Ahrue Luster because at this point it was :
Robb Flynn - Lead Guitars/Rhythm Guitars/Vocals
Adam Duce - Bass
Dave McClain - Drums
Every song has a killer solo, or drop to your knees chorus, or pounding ear bursting drums. What Machine Head has done in a nutshell, is amplify the heaviness to 11 while keeping the melodies on 10. So while the heavy parts of this album are heavy, the softer parts are soft enough that fans of "Burning Red" or "Supercharger" can still enjoy the record.
The album itself starts out with the Machine Head classic "Imperium." What a killer song. It has fast parts, slow parts, soft parts, loud parts, heavy parts, melodic parts, and everything in between which is why it's my favourite song by Machine Head of all time. This is what a Machine Head song should sound like. This song alone is enough to buy the album
The American version of the album has a bonus track called season weather and I suggest that you get it because it is just a phenomenal song.
In conclusion, this is my favourite album by Machine Head but I can't help but feel this should have been their third album. It does everything for me that a Machine Head record should. It is really heavy, and all metal fans would enjoy it, the whole record is an experience on its own.
The recommended tracks to listen to are.
In The Presence Of My Enemies
Days Turn Blue To Gray
Descend The Shades Of Night
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: AverageJoe91 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/01/2011 23:19:08
This album is intense all the way through, it bleed with emotion. There are a few meh tracks compared to the rest, but that doesn't really matter, because the good tracks are brill.
I would also like to stress how much this was an improvement from Supercharger.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: iMeTaLjUsTiCe on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Better Than The Blackening?
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/12/2008 19:02:46
On release, this instantly sealed a place in my top fave albums of all time and was my favourite album for a long while, but once The Blackening came out, everyone was blown away, but now the hypes settled, I still think this album has a shout at being their best album ever.
Amazing tracks all the way through, and you will not be dissapointed.
Ignore that guy down there, he's not even a fan and is still stuck obsessing over Slipknot, possibly a 9 year old.
The fact he doesn't even know any of the band member's names and refers to Rob Flynn as "Machine Head" pretty much sums that up.
Amazing album and I advise once you've bought this, go and buy Elegies as well, an amazing live DVD which features many of the songs from this album as well as other classic MH tunes.
The album doesn't even need questioning, go look at pro reviews, they'll tell you the same thing.
Oh, and P.S. when you buy it, go and download the track Seasons Wither, in my opinion the greatest song on the album and possibly their greatest song ever. It's only available on the USA release because it got released late there due to record company problems so they had to make it up to them ...and made a mind blowing song, haha.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Gavinge on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
True return to form
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/03/2008 14:57:20
After Supercharger, most people thought that Machine Head had effectively died as a band (I didn't think supercharger was that bad, but oh well) But they clawed their way back on top with this album which has raised the bar higher for metal bands. There isn't a dull track here, but particularly standout ones are Imperium, Descend the Shades of Night, and if you get the american release, Seasons Wither. This album is a must-have for any MH fan.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Nickosaurus on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Repetive and boring
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/07/2007 19:25:10
I really thought machine head would live up to their high standards with this cd but i got alot smarter when i started listening to it.
The tracks are pretty boring and none of them really stands out.
I always been a fan of Machine heads vocals but they really dissapointed me with this release.
This cd in my opinion pretty bad and you should not buy this.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Cleansation on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Part 2: Still Outstanding
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/06/2007 12:37:11
Due to not being able to write two reviews for one product I have taken the Liberty of Reviewing the standard Edition of Through The Ashes of Empires, The Limited Ed. Has my full review of Tracks 1-9 and this review is meant for track 10 alone and further musings. However given that this may be the only reivew you see I will breifly describe what I think.
1. Imperium: Phenomenal.
2.Bite The Bullit : Great song
3. Left Unfinished: Good, Emotional Affair, Brutal attack on Flynns abused childhood
4. Elegies: One of the only down turns in this otherwise unrelenting assault
5. In the Prescence Of My enemies: Superb Song, great Breakdowns and a riff so good Bullit For My Valentine Stole it
6. Days Turn Blue To Grey: Not great, Not bad, but less than good enough to warrant a high position on this album.
7. VIM: Oh So Cool song, with nice drumming, odd times and a good Guitar Piece in the breakdown.
8. All Falls Down: Good Song, Great Chorus.
9. Wipe Away the Tears: aggressive and memorably sung end verse.
But then we come to 'descend the Shades of Night'
Not an Obvious choice for a MachineHead song, it is no less an astonishing finishing piece. Starting with a slow acoustic chord progression and lightly tapped snare drums with have the bands great ballad in place. Around 7-8 Minutes long it weaves from saddened singing in the verses to an emotional crescendo where Flynn and Duce on Backing Vocals cry out 'Descend...Descend the Shades of Night, Death shines her Golden Light' You cannot help but feel enthralled at their intensity before the song weaves itself into a truly gorgeous solo piece led by Demmel and then Harmonised by Flynn to produce the albums finest moment, That Harmony on Guitars Not only shows that MachineHead For all their aggression can produce a ballad of truly monstrous proportions, but shows a touching display of emotion that is executed not with technically advanced guitar fret work but with the simplest of solo moments that still manages to evoke a pure feeling and intensity rarely felt these days. When Flynn roars 'Free ME...FREE ME' before crying out a very well sung note entering into the last chorus it is clear that Machine Head have found, truly found their place In the Metal sound surpassing anything they have previously done by having greater production technology this album sounds incredible and live sounds even better. There has been some scrutiny of this album and when Kerrang UK (Who have let themselves slip immensely) reviewed this they gave it a poor 2/5 K's and called the Album Patchy. Listen for yourself then never read Kerrang again: this is a fine piece of work and shows a band finding once again the greatness they have always been capable of. With Machine Heads 2 Best tracks ever opening and closing this CD this album is so welcome a return from the Bay Metal Titans that the impact is nothing short of collosal, like a second birth, a second chance at a debut Machine Head Have set the bar, defacated on it, then set it higher. In a time where Emo is strong and pop- Punk still holds sway over radio and music TV, what a wonderful sound to have appeared when no one thought possible.
Album of the Year, Best Machine Head offering ever and far far better than most other bands on the market.
With the Blackening out this year Machine Head have set their Place as one of the land mark bands of this decade, however none should forget this superb offering, a true metal classic and given the context of the band at the time and then this release, I would argue heavily that this is their most important album without which we would have no 'Blackening' No Big Tours anymore and just a memory of what was once a great band.
Buy This album NOW..
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Asmodeus on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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