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   MACHINE HEAD
Through The Ashes Of Empires
2004
Roadrunner Records
http://www.machinehead1.com


rating: 4,5/5

1. Imperium
2. Bite The Bullet
3. Left Unfinished
4. Elegy
5. In The Presence Of My Enemies
6. Days Turn Blue To Gray
7. Vim
8. All Falls Down
9. Wipe The Tears
10. Descend The Shades Of Night

Machine Head used to be one of the most metal bands on the planet, and then they got expiremental with "The Burning Red" and proceeded to break my metal heart into little bitty pieces of shrapnel strewn about my basement floor. After I got ahold of my own disgust at that album, I snapped it in half and became resigned to the fact that Machine Head would never again be as good as they were. "Supercharger" followed "The Burning Red", and it wasn't so bad, but somehow seemed a little forced and contrived and as a result I never did purchase it. Several years later I hear a buzz about new Machine Head, and after reading many reviews by critics I respect, I decided to go out and buy "Through The Ashes Of Empires". Needless to say, it is still being allowed into my head.

Seeming to pick up right where "The More Things Change" left off, "Through The Ashes Of Empires" takes a small swipe at the listeners throat with lead off track "Imperium" before fully decapitating the audience with the full on old school Machine Head groove monster called "Bite The Bullet". A welcome change from previous efforts to be sure, and just enough of old and new to balance out the metallic heft of the album as a whole. And oh yeah, Robb is still majorly pissed about his birth parents abandoning him. It is this constant thorn in his side that dominates lyrics of most of the album and though the subject matter has the propensity to become very boring very fast, the immediacy of Robb's vocals keep it from becoming tedious. Another plus to the thing is the amount of clean vocals. It should be noted that these vox arent rapped up, as on "The Burning Red", but actual honest singing, betraying a depth of emotion previously unseen on other Machine Head releases. The grooves are sick, the lyrics are angry and introspective and damning all at once, and the final track ("Descend The Shades Of Night") deserves to be twice as long as it is. A minor gripe, and noone is perfect. But with "Through The Ashes Of Empires", Machine Head comes damn close.

submitted by Nathan 30.08.2004

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