Release date: 7 November 2014
Style: Progressive thrash metal

Rating:

8 | 194 votes

Owners:

152 have it
54 want it


01. Now We Die
02. Killers & Kings
03. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
04. Night Of Long Knives
05. Sail Into The Black
06. Eyes Of The Dead
07. Beneath The Silt
08. In Comes The Flood
09. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells
12. Take Me Through The Fire

Review
Lyrics (2)


Line-up
Robert "Robb" Flynn - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Phil Demmel - guitars
Dave McClain - drums
Jared MacEachern - bass, backing vocals

Session musicians
Rhys Fulber - keyboards
Jordan Fish - keyboards

Staff review by
Ilham

Rating:
6.0
Metal fans can be hypocritical sometimes.

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published 16.12.2014 | Comments (34)

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Ace Frawley - 14.08.2014 at 08:58  
Rating: 9 Bring it on.
telephonebear - 14.08.2014 at 11:40  
  I thought the album would be called killers and kings? this is a better name anyway, after the last couple of releases im expecting great things mr flynn
schlakt - 14.08.2014 at 14:32  
Rating: 8 Super excited for this
Sepulnation - 07.11.2014 at 00:29  
  "Bloodstone & Diamonds" is the band's first album not to be released on Roadrunner Records...
Mattybu - 07.11.2014 at 03:53  
  "Progressive Thrash Metal"

hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Risto - 07.11.2014 at 09:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Mattybu on 07.11.2014 at 03:53

"Progressive Thrash Metal"

hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Haha, that's what I thought as well. Just because there's several songs over 7 minutes doesn't mean it's progressive.
Ralle - 07.11.2014 at 21:25  
Rating: 9 2014 - best metal album
Rhager - 07.11.2014 at 23:18  
Rating: 10 One of their best.
BloodJuNkie - 11.11.2014 at 21:14  
Rating: 5 The vocals are awful
Legmeister - 12.11.2014 at 00:12  
Rating: 9
Written by BloodJuNkie on 11.11.2014 at 21:14

The vocals are awful

Well your favourite genre is death metal so I'm not surprised the vocals aren't quite your cup of tea
BloodJuNkie - 12.11.2014 at 00:23  
Rating: 5
Written by Legmeister on 12.11.2014 at 00:12

Written by BloodJuNkie on 11.11.2014 at 21:14

The vocals are awful

Well your favourite genre is death metal so I'm not surprised the vocals aren't quite your cup of tea

His vocals in The Blackening were way better. Except for Now We Die the vocals are not good.
DahliaRock - 12.11.2014 at 05:49  
 
Written by Legmeister on 12.11.2014 at 00:12

Written by BloodJuNkie on 11.11.2014 at 21:14

The vocals are awful

Well your favourite genre is death metal so I'm not surprised the vocals aren't quite your cup of tea


this logic led to the death of thousands of kittens.. please think responsibly!
Legmeister - 12.11.2014 at 16:21  
Rating: 9
Written by DahliaRock on 12.11.2014 at 05:49

Written by Legmeister on 12.11.2014 at 00:12

Written by BloodJuNkie on 11.11.2014 at 21:14

The vocals are awful

Well your favourite genre is death metal so I'm not surprised the vocals aren't quite your cup of tea


this logic led to the death of thousands of kittens.. please think responsibly!

Wow, really? Your logic that almost every album you've ever listened to is "perfect" must have killed even more then...
DahliaRock - 12.11.2014 at 16:34  
 
Written by Legmeister on 12.11.2014 at 16:21

Written by DahliaRock on 12.11.2014 at 05:49

Written by Legmeister on 12.11.2014 at 00:12

Written by BloodJuNkie on 11.11.2014 at 21:14

The vocals are awful

Well your favourite genre is death metal so I'm not surprised the vocals aren't quite your cup of tea


this logic led to the death of thousands of kittens.. please think responsibly!

Wow, really? Your logic that almost every album you've ever listened to is "perfect" must have killed even more then...


lol dude that's not me, I just wanted to contribute a handful of poop to your crappy analysis, that's all.. I hope you don't try to juggle couple gf's at once
The Massenger - 14.11.2014 at 12:04  
  I think this is one of the best albums of the year. Combining elegant Groove and Thrash . lengthy and complex . Knock , Diversity tracks and best solo . I enjoyed that . Machine Head
Ace Frawley - 15.11.2014 at 09:16  
Rating: 9 This is fantastic. Machine Head deliver yet again.
Sword_Chant - 16.11.2014 at 18:05  
Rating: 9 I think it's fair to say it's highly unlikely they'll exceed The Blackening, but this is a very respectable release.
Ozman - 16.11.2014 at 18:10  
 
Written by Sword_Chant on 16.11.2014 at 18:05

I think it's fair to say they'll never exceed The Blackening, but this is a very respectable release.



They already exceeded The Blackening with their vastly superior debut Burn My Eyes.
SergioBv - 17.11.2014 at 11:56  
Rating: 7 Good album, of course, but somewhat lower than their predecessors.
thehondo - 18.11.2014 at 16:19  
Rating: 9 Love it. A lot of Diversity. I think it would rank #3 of their library, right?
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.11.2014 at 02:16  
  Machine Head are progressive thrash now, and have been since 2003? I didn't realise making songs that were too long to justify the content counts as progressive.
Ozman - 19.11.2014 at 03:05  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.11.2014 at 02:16

Machine Head are progressive thrash now, and have been since 2003? I didn't realise making songs that were too long to justify the content counts as progressive.


Better ask Troy why he added that tag
Ace Frawley - 19.11.2014 at 03:10  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.11.2014 at 02:16

Machine Head are progressive thrash now, and have been since 2003? I didn't realise making songs that were too long to justify the content counts as progressive.


That's always been the definition of progressive. Just ask the punks in the 70s about it.
deadone - 19.11.2014 at 06:41  
Rating: 6 Progressive Groove Metal would probably work better, even though Groove Metal is a dirty word in metal. After all Groove has plenty of thrash elements combined with the groove bits.

Or to go back to old school terminology: Progressive Post Thrash!

This album works if I zone out on the few irritating bits.
Necrodamus - 20.11.2014 at 08:01  
Rating: 7 If the second half were as good as the first half then this album would be much better. Too much weird shit going on in the latter half (Imaginal Cells is just odd), and Game Over sounds like a Slipknot song
But with songs like Killers & Kings and Night of Long Knives, it still manages to be a good album. Definitely not in my top 10 of the year though...
X-FrEaK - 20.11.2014 at 12:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Necrodamus on 20.11.2014 at 08:01

If the second half were as good as the first half then this album would be much better. Too much weird shit going on in the latter half (Imaginal Cells is just odd), and Game Over sounds like a Slipknot song


I find Imaginal Cells to be a cool medley and Game Over doesnt sound like Slipknot at all, it sounds like Punk Rock on steroids, something like Offspring but with some metal on it, and although I absolutely hate punk rock, I really like Game Over.

Also Beneath the Silt sounds like a Down tribute song. This album is better than Unto the Locus but in spite of being a long album it gets old fast
screenshot - 20.11.2014 at 19:54  
Rating: 1 What kind of BS is this...
if you call trash something progressive, then this BS has definitely progressed to the top level of trash, which is shit

anyway... has someone got any suggestions what could be used as music to listen to?
Lit. - 20.11.2014 at 20:41  
 
Written by screenshot on 20.11.2014 at 19:54

What kind of BS is this...
if you call trash something progressive, then this BS has definitely progressed to the top level of trash, which is shit

anyway... has someone got any suggestions what could be used as music to listen to?

My only suggestion to you is to work on your grammar, punctuation, capitalization and redundancy.
Fearmeister - 20.11.2014 at 21:54  
  And give us something to work with. No idea what you like since you have a grand total of 1 vote.
musicalkaratekid - 25.11.2014 at 17:18  
Rating: 7 I'll get straight to the point in saying that I prefer "Unto the Locust" to this album. Main reason being, some songs on this album seem to try way too hard in trying to stay relevant and "true" to MH's original core style, whereas "Unto the Locust" in my opinion was a lot more diverse and experimental-and that's basically how I like my Machine Head.

Nonetheless, "Bloodstones & Diamonds" is still a really solid, above average album, and especially considering I wasn't too fond of 'Now we Die' and 'Night of the long Knives' (still not actually). I think these sort of songs showed Machine Head at their most aggressive, but not necessarily best-again, it made me think they were trying too hard. That said, my personal highlights are definitely 'Sail into the Black', 'Beneath the Silt' and 'Damage Inside', as for me they were each hardcore evidence of how MH can write a brilliant song.
Cynic Metalhead - 25.11.2014 at 18:44  
 
Written by musicalkaratekid on 25.11.2014 at 17:18

I'll get straight to the point in saying that I prefer "Unto the Locust" to this album. Main reason being, some songs on this album seem to try way too hard in trying to stay relevant and "true" to MH's original core style, whereas "Unto the Locust" in my opinion was a lot more diverse and experimental-and that's basically how I like my Machine Head.


If you're talking about comparing this new disc with "Unto The Locust', it might be stepdown. But, then I haven't clearly listen to an album(just had an overview but not in state of mind to judge it). By the way, Unto The Locust was a terrible record to come out; people whined about progressive, change in sound, brought innovative elements, different style, altered lyrics concept blah blah. None of them has make into 2011 release. Excessive of stretching out songs with no right plot to songs has made Locust tiring, boring and unoriginal. I don't think Bloodstones will sound that terrible but as I said, I don't have check out this album yet but I need to give new disc a go soon.
deadone - 26.11.2014 at 02:05  
Rating: 6
Written by musicalkaratekid on 25.11.2014 at 17:18

I'll get straight to the point in saying that I prefer "Unto the Locust" to this album. Main reason being, some songs on this album seem to try way too hard in trying to stay relevant and "true" to MH's original core style, whereas "Unto the Locust" in my opinion was a lot more diverse and experimental-and that's basically how I like my Machine Head.



Ha, I'm the opposite. This one is growing on me because there's more hints of their old style. I prefer my Machine Head groovey and 1990s.
Vonpire - 27.11.2014 at 19:44  
Rating: 8
Written by SergioBv on 17.11.2014 at 11:56

Good album, of course, but somewhat lower than their predecessors.


This
Vonpire - 27.11.2014 at 19:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Ozman on 16.11.2014 at 18:10

Written by Sword_Chant on 16.11.2014 at 18:05

I think it's fair to say they'll never exceed The Blackening, but this is a very respectable release.



They already exceeded The Blackening with their vastly superior debut Burn My Eyes.


And this for sure!

Burn My Eyes
In Bone Factory - 12.12.2014 at 10:35  
Rating: 8 Nice Album, I like its Atmosphere.
LeKiwi - 16.12.2014 at 12:35  
Rating: 5 For once, I agree that something isn't progressive. This is more like alternative + (groove) thrash.

This is probably the band's worst album from their "prog thrash" era...
Ilham - 16.12.2014 at 12:59  
Rating: 5 To be honest there's not even much thrash left in this.
Lit. - 16.12.2014 at 20:16  
  There's not much of anything left in this, except maybe length and singles.

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