Machine Head - The Blackening


8.8 | 913 votes |
Release date: 27 March 2007
Style: Progressive 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

Top 20 albums of 2007: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 137

Guest review by
BurbotsRevenge
Rating:
9.3
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.

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published 27.11.2007 | Comments (43)

Guest review by
Mr. Sizzle
Rating:
10
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).

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published 12.11.2010 | Comments (10)

Guest review by
AndMetalForAll
Rating:
9.5
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.

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published 02.12.2011 | Comments (3)

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28.02.2010 - 04:09
soadbyob
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Saw some site that said this was album of the decade, and I agree!
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02.03.2010 - 18:18
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Looks like its got alot of good shit on it!!
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13.03.2010 - 22:55
Rating: 8
Builtforsin88
Best MH album!!
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11.10.2010 - 03:10
Rating: 9
thewall30
This sounds absolutely amazing! I've got to get this soon!
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11.12.2010 - 18:41
JJslipknot
Is a great album.....but some songs are too long....
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08.05.2011 - 00:54
Lit. Metalhead
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Wickedly epic and just one awesome blast of sound.
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07.08.2011 - 00:02
Rating: 10
Swamphell
Perfect album ......i hope the upcoming album to be similar to this masterpiece
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09.09.2011 - 23:42
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
One of my favorite albums of all time...!
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12.09.2011 - 17:35
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
In my opinion this album is very overrated...although the longer songs are really well written.
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22.09.2011 - 02:29
Timmeh
Dudeman
I think what makes this album excel is its song writing, its superb.
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16.10.2011 - 18:21
3rdWorldFuckface
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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!!!
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04.12.2011 - 05:24
Nemo Atkins
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.
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09.03.2012 - 12:49
Rating: 10
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
This is a brilliant album and surely one of the best of the first decade of the new century.
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01.06.2012 - 01:01
Rating: 10
Neiluria
Impressive creativity!
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26.08.2012 - 17:20
Rating: 10
jp
My favorite trash metal album.

Fantastic melodies, technically superb, great musicality and insanely original.
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27.02.2013 - 19:07
Rating: 10
Megamachinica18
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
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30.07.2013 - 14:19
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
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
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13.08.2013 - 11:12
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
Eventually voted 9. Nothing happened
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22.01.2014 - 02:48
Rating: 10
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
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.
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03.05.2014 - 14:08
Rating: 10
Sword_Chant
Best album of their whole career.
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14.08.2014 - 00:26
Rating: 9
SlaytanicBacon
Written by deadone on 22.01.2014 at 02:07

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.



I completely disagree just because of the song Halo.
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02.09.2014 - 03:52
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
I am still baffled to this very day about the 8.8 score this album gets here on MS and is also considered really good by loads of other people.

FFS get a producer in and cut down the fat on your songs. The same illness Exodus suffers from after Tempo Of The Damned.
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02.09.2014 - 05:04
Lit.
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And in this corner, Marcel "The Broken Record" Hubregtse futilely attempts to make his opinion mean anything other than the disillusioned cries of a bitter old man. Taking lessons from deadone, or is it the other way around? You decide!

People can bitch all they want; this is the most solid record released by MH since Burn My Eyes. The More Things Change... had like four good songs among all the filler, and it just went downhill from there, before being semi-redeemed by the okay-ish Through The Ashes Of Empires. Nothing will ever top Burn My Eyes, but this is the best thing MH releases in years (or the only good thing really, depending on how you feel about Unto The Locust, which, flaws aside, is also still preferable than anything post-BME).

I'm still baffled there are people that think otherwise.
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02.09.2014 - 10:59
Rating: 10
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2014 at 03:52

I am still baffled to this very day about the 8.8 score this album gets here on MS and is also considered really good by loads of other people.

FFS get a producer in and cut down the fat on your songs. The same illness Exodus suffers from after Tempo Of The Damned.


We all have different feelings about music and what one considers really good, another thinks is average or terrible. I think the longer songs work here but that's just my view. Having read a lot of your posts, I can see you often disagree with a majority view anyway, so I'm not surprised you don't think much of this album.
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25.01.2015 - 21:56
Maco
Handbanana
Decent stuff. The problem is that some songs are longer than necessary and it makes the album tiring and a little bit boring sometimes.
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25.01.2015 - 22:13
Rating: 7
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Maco on 25.01.2015 at 21:56

The problem is that some songs are longer than necessary and it makes the album tiring and a little bit boring sometimes.

That's Machine Head's signature songwriting, makes me wish I could chop 80% of their songs in half.
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10.04.2015 - 07:05
Rating: 4
Dr. Strawberry
This album is GREAT (for metal newbies) !
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28.06.2017 - 18:10
Rating: 7
VIG
Starman
Written by Maco on 25.01.2015 at 21:56

The problem is that some songs are longer than necessary and it makes the album tiring and a little bit boring sometimes.


Couldn't agree more. Although I haven't heard the album in a really long time.
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