In this podcast, a retrospective on MACHINE HEAD. We feature music from all the MACHINE HEAD albums. Included new releases from Prosthetic Records, Nuclear Blast and Bullet Tooth Records. Independent metal artists and more!
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1. MACHINE HEAD – Davidian, Album: Burn My Eyes (1994)
BURN MY EYES was released on August 9, 1994. The album shipped nearly 400,000 copies worldwide, becoming Roadrunner Records’ best selling debut album. Most of the songs on the album were songs written by Flynn and Duce during the time Flynn was not in a band, about “being pissed off” from his previous struggles in Vio-lence, as well as both of their battles with illegal drugs. In regards to the musical style, the album is credited as having bridged the gap between Pantera-style groove and the thrash metal stylings of Slayer’s 80’s output.
2. MACHINE HEAD – Imperium, Album: Through the Ashes of Empires (2003)
Through the Ashes of Empires is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Machine Head. The album does not feature any of the conventions Machine Head featured on their previous two albums, and more closely resembled the style of their debut Burn My Eyes and their second album The More Things Change…At this stage, Machine Head still did not have an American record deal, having parted ways with Roadrunner Records US after the Supercharger album was released. Through The Ashes of Empires was such a success that Roadrunner Records US, in an unprecedented move, quickly offered Machine Head a new contract.
3. MNEMIC – Haven at the End of the World, Album: Mnemesis (2012)
4. DEATH RAY VISION – Shattered Frames (2013)
5. SOILWORK – Long Live the Misanthrope, Album: The Living Infinite (2013)
6. THE METAL CLASSIC – SEPULTURA - Bloody Roots, Album: Roots (1996)
7. MACHINE HEAD – Ten Ton Hammer (live), Album: Machine F*cking Head Live (2012)
Ten Ton Hammer is the first track on the heavy metal band Machine Head’s second album The More Things Change…(1997).This song features a tuning that is a guitar in dropped B tuning, but the G string of the guitar (which would be E in this tuning) is tuned up to F. Robb Flynn has said this was to make the harmonics of the song sound better.
8. MACHINE HEAD – Halo, Album: The Blackening (2007)
The artwork for The Blackening is based on a metal carving in the 16th century, these carvings were used to scare people about going to Hell and for propaganda purposes. It features a skeleton on a throne that is standing on top of the world, and the words “The mirror which flatters not.” Flynn thought “this whole record is like holding up a mirror to ourselves. It’s talking about things that are going on now, but it’s not necessarily specific to this time.
9. MUSHROOMHEAD – Saves Us/Embrace the Ending, Album: Savior Sorrow (2006)
10. THE DEAD LIGHTS – Sweet Oblivion, Album: The Dead LIghts (2000)
11. RAMMSTEIN – Keine Lust, Album: Reise, Reise (2004)
12. THE COLT PYTHON’S THEORY – Bless the Python, Album: Here Comes the Python (2013)
13. THE METAL CLASSIC – AC/DC - Are you Ready, Album: The Razor’s Edge (1990)
14. MACHINE HEAD – Darkness Within, Album: Unto the Locust (2011)
Unto the Locust would be the 7th full-length album for the band. It was produced and mixed by Robb Flynn, and it became the band’s highest charting album ever.
“We build cathedrals to our pain, establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins, lest we drown in the darkness within…Music my savior!.”
15. CRADLE OF FILTH – Frost on Her Pillow, Album: The Monticore and Other Horrors (2012)
16. LACRIMOSA – Revolution, Album: Revolution (2012)
17. NERO DI MARTE – Time Dissolves, Album: Nero Di Marte (2013)
18. MACHINE HEAD – Supercharger, Album: Supercharger (2001)
Supercharger despite being a heavier album than The Burning Red, fans of the band are often divided over the album. With The Burning Red, the band changed their sound to nu metal. Supercharger was darker and heavier than The Burning Red, but lacked the groove metal sound of Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change…. Two years later, the band would release Through the Ashes of Empires and returned to their groove metal roots.