The Blackening [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Machine Head's The Blackening is an over-the-top rage and pummelfest with all the qualities that earned the group its enormous fan base by touring and recording. The record starts out unlikely enough, and gladly enough, with a left-of-center call to arms to the youth of this nation to not accept blindly the words and threats of "patriotic brutes." It calls for rage with triple-timed slamming beats and blistering lead guitar breaks, as the piece alternates between death metal, industrial metal, thrash and prog. It blends seamlessly. At ten-and-half minutes for an opening cut, one can tell this is no original heavy metal record. "Beautiful Mourning" is anything but gothic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Machine Head's The Blackening is an over-the-top rage and pummelfest with all the qualities that earned the group its enormous fan base by touring and recording. The record starts out unlikely enough, and gladly enough, with a left-of-center call to arms to the youth of this nation to not accept blindly the words and threats of "patriotic brutes." It calls for rage with triple-timed slamming beats and blistering lead guitar breaks, as the piece alternates between death metal, industrial metal, thrash and prog. It blends seamlessly. At ten-and-half minutes for an opening cut, one can tell this is no original heavy metal record. "Beautiful Mourning" is anything but gothic heavy metal; it begins with a taut, explosive riff matched by the drum kit, and then Robb Flynn is off and running, celebrating being "taken under" by her, and the seductive power of both women and death. The thrash element here rivals Slayer at their very best, and breaks new ground within the realm of composition for aggressive music. The intense dual arpeggios between both guitarists -- Flynn and Phil Demmel on "Aesthetics of Hate" as just one example are among the tightest ever. The drama produced by Dave McClain's blastbeats and the steady guidance of Adam Duce's basslines comprise a deeply intuitive rhythm section for the six-stringers to fly from. They don't so much fly as fight, though. Other standouts include "Halo," and "Now I Lay Thee Down." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861801625
  • Catalog Number: 180162
  • Sales rank: 23,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clenching the Fists of Dissent (10:36)
  2. 2 Beautiful Mourning (4:46)
  3. 3 Aesthetics of Hate (6:30)
  4. 4 Now I Lay Thee Down (5:34)
  5. 5 Slanderous (5:16)
  6. 6 Halo (9:03)
  7. 7 Wolves (9:01)
  8. 8 A Farewell to Arms (10:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Machine Head Primary Artist
Dave McClain Drums
Adam Duce Bass, Vocals
Phil Demmel Guitar
Robb Flynn Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Wojno Engineer
Mark Keaton Engineer
Phil Demmel Composer
Robb Flynn Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    There was deffinetly promise with machine heads last album but this blows it away. "Blackening" starts out with a 9 min+ song that is just outstanding. Every song is worth a second listen and more. If you are a true metal fan, you must buy this cd.

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    Posted February 17, 2009

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