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Release date: 25 March 1997
Style: Groove thrash metal


7.9 | 273 votes


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01. Ten Ton Hammer
02. Take My Scars
03. Struck A Nerve
04. Down To None
05. The Front Lines
06. Spine
07. Bay Of Pigs
08. Violate
09. Blistering
10. Blood Of The Zodiac
11. The Possibility Of Life's Destruction [limited edition digipack bonus]
12. My Misery [limited edition digipack bonus]
13. Colors [Ice-T cover] [limited edition digipack bonus]

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Baz Anderson - 09.06.2012 at 15:28  
  I think I prefer this album to the first one actually... that one is hyped too much in my view.
Angry Chair - 06.09.2012 at 19:25  
Rating: 7 Another great album from Machine head, I like this album even more than the first unlike a lot of people I have spoken too.

Best songs for me are:

Ten ton hammer
Take my scars
The frontlines

although the songs struck a nerve and down to none are along stand out songs.
Angelic Storm - 13.11.2012 at 19:41  
Rating: 10 This is my fave album by Machine Head. I love "Burn My Eyes", but the darker, more atmospheric nature of this album makes this the best thing MH have ever done in my opinion.
Ace Frawley - 28.09.2013 at 01:11  
Rating: 7 Love the slow, doomy, heavy as hell intro to track 4 "Down to None". Don't really like the rest of the song though. Pretty decent follow-up to their landmark first album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.09.2014 at 14:58  
Written by deadone on 01.09.2014 at 07:26

My only gripe is Phil using "fuck" as a crutch for lazy lyric writing.

As far as I know Rob wrote the lyrics and not Phil Demmel.
Darkside Momo - 01.09.2014 at 15:07  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2014 at 14:58

Written by deadone on 01.09.2014 at 07:26

My only gripe is Phil using "fuck" as a crutch for lazy lyric writing.

As far as I know Rob wrote the lyrics and not Phil Demmel.

My impression is that he was, for some reason, thinking of Phil Anselmo
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.09.2014 at 15:11  
Written by Darkside Momo on 01.09.2014 at 15:07

My impression is that he was, for some reason, thinking of Phil Anselmo

That was my impression as well
And tbh it is a weird mix-up I somehow made in the past as wel
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 02:07  
Written by deadone on 01.09.2014 at 07:26

The sad thing is this is the last album of theirs I liked.

Same here. Even though this one is a tremendous step back from Burn My Eyes it is their last good one. Everything after The More Things Change varies from crap to mediocre. Yes The Blackening is mediocre. In intent The Blackening has a lot of good ideas, but what is clarly lacking is a producer that could trim the fat off the songs. The band produced it themselves and wanted to use every single thing. With the first two album they kept the songs short and to the point. (btw Exodus after Tempo suffers the same illness of too much fat on their songs)
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 03:23  
Written by deadone on 02.09.2014 at 03:19

Agreed on all points.

I think this is why I confused Robb with Phil (Anselmo) - both are self indulgent arseholes. At least Phil and the Down boys can churn out decent EPs consistently unlike the rudderless jack of all trade master of none that is Machine Head/

Somehow I have also mixed the two up in the past. Phil could only dream of playing guitar like Rob

But indeed MH are totally rudderless. Btw why Down is still good is due to the non-Phil people in that band writing music You should hear some of his death metal and black metal projects, those are totally shitfests extraordinaire, except for the black metal Eibon project but then again he didn't write a single note for that
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 03:41  
Written by deadone on 02.09.2014 at 03:34

Lars Ulrich ...

Although he didn't play it I respect the guy for one thing though... his vehement love of everything NWOBHM no matter how obscure and pushing it like mad at the time when he broke big with Metallica.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 03:47  
Written by deadone on 02.09.2014 at 03:45

Even that appearance on the Anvil doco showed the man loved the music.

Forgot about that, but indeed. And he even acknowledges the huge influences ANvil had on Metallica. Also as bonus material to the Lemmy docu.
Cynic Metalhead - 15.09.2015 at 10:41  
Rating: 8 Well, straight after listening to "Burn My Eyes" I spin this disc. Crushing as it ever was.

But, the only difference I found is this record is less groovier. More atmospheric and vibes are thicker than "Burn".

But, still my favorite will be "Burn My Eyes". That album has goddamn fucking grooves, crushing your face in half and cure is irreplaceable.

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