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  • ‘The Blackening’(MH’s 6th studio album) hits you right in the face and doesn’t stop. A step in a different direction is what Robb & the boys have accomplished with ‘The Blackening’. An unrelenting thrash attack with hooks, killer riffs and great arrangements. Machine Head has really stepped it up on this one….far more then what they had accomplished with ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’ which also stands as a metal masterpiece. The main difference between the two is the distinctive sound of……Thrash. Incorporating their roots (which are 80’s Bay Area thrash) Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel have come full circle. Once before bandmates in the thrash group Violence, Robb and Phil are back with a true old school dual guitar attack that doesn’t sound dated in the least bit. Agressive and exciting are there soloing efforts…..back and forth between the two………really awesome stuff. Many influences are heard throughout the album which include Metallica,Exodus, Slayer, Black Sabbath,Pantera and Iron Maiden. And the lyrics are well written with many words of our dismal future. Top notch metal is what you are going to get with MH’s ‘The Blackening’. An album that exceeds 60 minutes in length on only 8 tracks…….wow.
    Now for the special edition…..many complain(as I do) when the rec. execs. reissue albums that were released only a short time ago. Clearly to capitalize on a success. Some are not worth re-buying ie. Life Of Agony’s ‘A River Runs Red’ (top shelf edition). But some are as in the case of ‘The Blackening’.
    On the first disc you get bonus tracks from the Kerrang tributes, Iron Maiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and Metallica’s ‘Battery’. Both very well performed being down-tuned ofcourse. So this adds a different flavor.
    But the DVD is where you get your bang for your buck.Clocking in at over 2 hours worth of live performances, videos (Halo,Now I Lay Thee Down,Asthetics Of Hate) along with the making of each video.And ending with a 25 min. doc on the making if the album itself.
    Well worth picking up.

    Posted on December 25, 2009