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The Blackening
July 4, 2008, 10:32 pm
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The Blackening is the sixth album from California metallers Machine Head. Magazine reviews have heralded it as the best metal album of 2007. I’m going to say it was probably the best album of 2007 full stop. When an album produces music fine enough for you to find the time to put a 10 minute track on repeat and listen to it religiously until you know it inside out, you know it’s done well.

Flynn puts in a brilliant performance, switching from raw, pounding vocals to a quiet whisper in a heartbeat. Phill Demmel adds tons of scorching leads and fretboard wizardry to the mix, occasionally taking on the rhythm roles to let his co-guitarist into the limelight. The bassist is not abused in this album – Duce plays a large role in many of the songs, in particular ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’ and ‘Halo’. The drummer (Dave McLain) is capable of making the same riff inspire something different every time.

The enitre album is definitely worth listening to, but notable tracks include Halo (a metal masterpiece), Wolves (a full on shred fest) and Now I Lay Thee Down, which relies on a riff so simple that you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it yourself yet it’s so effective.

There isn’t really a lot more to say, other than if you’re even remotely interested in metal music or any other kind of rock then it’s definitely worth picking up a copy. I can’t really describe the sheer brutality of the riffs and the lyrics combined, only recommend you listen to it yourself. You won’t regret it.


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