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Release date: 27 March 2007
Style: Groove thrash metal


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Disc I
01. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics Of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
05. Slanderous
06. Halo
07. Wolves
08. A Farewell To Arms
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name [Iron Maiden cover] [bonus]
10. Battery [Metallica cover] [bonus]

Disc II [Special Edition Bonus CD - B-Sides/Rarities 1994-2008]
01. Hallowed Be Thy Name [Iron Maiden cover]
02. Alan's On Fire [Poison Idea cover]
03. Negative Creep [Nirvana cover]
04. Seasons Wither
05. My Misery
06. House Of Suffering [Bad Brains cover]
07. The Possibility Of Life's Destruction [Discharge cover]
08. Ten Ton Hammer (Extended Original Mix)
09. Hole In The Sky [Black Sabbath cover]
10. Colors [Ice-T cover]
11. Hard Times [Cro-Mags cover] [live]
12. Halo (I Want Your Soul) [demo 2005 version]
13. Aesthetics Of Hate (Thrash-terpiece) [demo 2005 version]

Disc III [Special Edition DVD]
01. Clenching The Fists Of Dissent [Live With Full Force 2008]
02. Now I Lay Thee Down [Live With Full Force 2008]
03. Halo [Live With Full Force 2008]
04. Aesthetics Of Hate [Live Rock In Rio 2008]
05. Davidian [Live Rock In Rio 2008]
06. Imperium [Live Download 2007]
07. Old [Live Download 2007]
08. A Thousand Lies [Live Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004]
09. The Rage To Overcome [Live Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004]
10. Death Church [Live Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004]
11. Blood For Blood [Live Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004]
+ Halo [video]
+ Now I Lay Thee Down [video]
+ Aesthetics Of Hate [video]
+ Making Of Feature For Each Video

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Top 200 albums of all time: 119

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Guest review by

Who said Thrash was on its way out? From the first listen, the first riff of 'Clenching The Fists Of Dissent', you could tell that this was not so. Since Machine Head's début, 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994, they have done what they do best. Playing top-notch Thrash Metal. And their latest effort 'The Blackening' is definitely their best release so far.

published 27.11.2007 | Comments (43)

Guest review by
Mr. Sizzle

I absolutely hate hearing people say that whenever they hear an awesome album, they think it's the greatest thing ever to come since sliced bread, and the fact the people consider something perfect is complete crap. This is what bothers me the most about Machine Head and The Blackening: it may very well be the greatest thrash album ever created in this generation (meaning the 2000s only of course).

published 12.11.2010 | Comments (10)

Guest review by

Finally... Machine Head released an album in 2007 after four years of absence. Although not one of the biggest metal bands of the last 20 years (at that time), The Blackening was one of the most expected albums by all the fans or non-fans of the band. In my opinion, most of the fans wanted to see the direction the band was going to take. Machine Head had different styles through the years since their formation. In the entire album, one thing I have to say and honor is the outstanding performance of the band but mainly by Rob Flynn, finally he got a grip on his life, learned how to play guitar really well (before he almost never made a solo, in this album he makes solos in most of the songs), changed his life and that reflects in the entire album and his performance.

published 02.12.2011 | Comments (3)

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soadbyob - 28.02.2010 at 04:09  
  Saw some site that said this was album of the decade, and I agree!
BoxCar Willy - 02.03.2010 at 18:18  
  Looks like its got alot of good shit on it!!
Builtforsin88 - 13.03.2010 at 22:55  
Rating: 8 Best MH album!!
thewall30 - 11.10.2010 at 03:10  
Rating: 10 This sounds absolutely amazing! I've got to get this soon!
JJslipknot - 11.12.2010 at 18:41  
  Is a great album.....but some songs are too long....
Lit. - 08.05.2011 at 00:54  
  Wickedly epic and just one awesome blast of sound.
Swamphell - 07.08.2011 at 00:02  
Rating: 10 Perfect album ......i hope the upcoming album to be similar to this masterpiece
Cynic Metalhead - 09.09.2011 at 23:42  
Rating: 9 One of my favorite albums of all time...!
musicalkaratekid - 12.09.2011 at 17:35  
Rating: 8 In my opinion this album is very overrated...although the longer songs are really well written.
Timmeh - 22.09.2011 at 02:29  
Rating: 9 I think what makes this album excel is its song writing, its superb.
3rdWorldFuckface - 16.10.2011 at 18:21  
  Better than "Burn My Eyes " OMG !!!
Good enough 2 b album of the decade and on par with master of puppets !!!
sounds like my all-time favs r gonna tumble a bit ... LOL!!!
Nemo Atkins - 04.12.2011 at 05:24  
  Not heard the whole album yet, but Clenching The Fists Of Dissent literally made my jaw drop when it finally got heavy (and, at the time of comment, am less than seven minutes into it: when I first went to check the time, it was less than four minutes and I was stunned at how much time had passed) and Aesthetics Of Hate was incredible (although I got a bit bored during one section of the song). Pretty sure this is going to be getting purchased when I get a spare chance.

Edit: Finally purchased it. Don't like it as much as Unto The Locust (although, to be fair, I did get that one first and most people tend to like first purchases over anything else), but I would still recommend it to anyone who likes modern thrash metal. For now, however, it gets an 8.
Ace Frawley - 09.03.2012 at 12:49  
Rating: 10 This is a brilliant album and surely one of the best of the first decade of the new century.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:01  
Rating: 10 Impressive creativity!
jp - 26.08.2012 at 17:20  
Rating: 10 My favorite trash metal album.

Fantastic melodies, technically superb, great musicality and insanely original.
Megamachinica18 - 27.02.2013 at 19:07  
Rating: 10 I bought this album late last year already hearing beautiful mourning and aesthetics of hate. I didn't expect much from the rest of the songs considering that both songs are AMAZINGGGG!!!!!!!! But holy crap was I wrong. There are no fillers on this album first of all. Secondly every song has a great structure and none of them keep me bored. Last 3 tracks are my favs on the album atm. Especially farewell to arms every song has crunchy guitar riffs, pounding drums, great bass lines, and I forgot to mention HEAAVVYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! Easilly in my top 10 favourite metal albums
andreosokin - 30.07.2013 at 14:19  
Rating: 9 Oops... my 8 vote brought this album places down in top 200

I wish I could vote 9, but this album is 8.3/10 for me so far... Songs like Wolves or Farewell To Arms don't really appeal to me. Tracks 1, 4 & 6 are great though
andreosokin - 13.08.2013 at 11:12  
Rating: 9 Eventually voted 9. Nothing happened
deadone - 22.01.2014 at 02:07  
Rating: 5 Tried getting into this one again.

And again Robb Flynn's woeful attempts at crooning destroyed the flow of the album and put me in a vile mood.

Boy should stick to his heavy voice and use spoken word for the soft bits. Or get someone in that can sing.

This band has really managed to fail dismally after their first two albums and even then The More Things Change... started to lose steam.
Ace Frawley - 22.01.2014 at 02:48  
Rating: 10
Written by deadone on 22.01.2014 at 02:07

Tried getting into this one again.

And again Robb Flynn's woeful attempts at crooning destroyed the flow of the album and put me in a vile mood.

Boy should stick to his heavy voice and use spoken word for the soft bits. Or get someone in that can sing.

This band has really managed to fail dismally after their first two albums and even then The More Things Change... started to lose steam.

Really? I don't mind his voice, both heavy and mellow. He isn't for everyone, though. I think the most common criticism I've hard of this album is the long songs - almost like a progressive thrash sort of thing going on. This is one of my favourite albums ever, so it really worked for me. I wasn't originally a fan of their first album but later got into it and think it is a real classic now.
deadone - 22.01.2014 at 02:52  
Rating: 5 I love their first album and enjoy the second. But that's it. They've been nothing but disappointing since.

The new stuff would work if Robb Flynn refrained from that mellow crooning. He is a shit soft singer and sounds like some sort of whiny loser.
Sword_Chant - 03.05.2014 at 14:08  
Rating: 10 Best album of their whole career.

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