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Machine Head

Unto the Locust

Review by Kat Heitzman

When I first heard this CD I was pleasantly surprised that it was much different than the last one. It is very well mixed and has some very unique and expertly played riffs. This band has really honed their metal playing skills and they have definitely landed this disc in my top 20 CDs to which to listen. This band also does a fantastic live show so go see them and support heavy metal!

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Track by Track Review
I Am Hell (Sonata in C# )

Right off the bat the intro tells you that this CD will be a work of art.  Fade in the heavy guitar and then this song has a very unique sound that changes up both in speed and lyrically.

Be Still and Know
The intro on this one really shows the talent of this well seasoned band. It is very well written and produced.
Locust
The distortion in this song is almost reminiscent of locusts. It has the hardcore sound you would expect from Machine Head.

This is the End

This is my favorite song on this CD. It has a very beautifully played intro and then goes into an all-hell’s-broken-loose thrash.

Darkness Within

When listening to this cut you have to check the CD player to make sure it is still Machine Head. It is not the typical sound you would expect, but that is not a bad thing. It is a very deep song.

Pearls Before the Swine
The drums in this song are just off the hook! This has some of the best guitar/bass combos on this CD.
Who We Are
A song for all, this is definitely an anthem that will sound great live. I can imagine the chanting of the lyrics, “This is who we are / This is what I am /We have nowhere else to go/ Divided we will stand” - hell yes!
 
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