MACHINE HEAD

(UNITED STATES)

UNTO THE LOCUST

(2011)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

THRASH

TAGS:
Rasping vocals, Technical
""Unto The Locust" is a new beautiful and great offering from the Americans of Machine Head, perfect condensed Thrash Metal carried by an outstanding guitarist duo."
NOISE (15.11.2011)  
5/5
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Machine Head likes to take its time to propose a new album. "Unto The Locust", the 7th album of the Americans arrives more than 4 years after "The Blackening" which had won a large support from the metal community. It had made Machine Head go to a higher level both artistically and in terms of notoriety.

But the wait will not have been in vain because this "Unto The Locust" is a new beautiful and great offering of the Americans. If only seven tracks are proposed, each of them has been chiseled to present us the quintessence of the genre. Following the musical recipe of "The Blackening", Machine Head, led by a duo of guitarists, Demmel and Flynn, who are close to the great duos of the golden age of heavy metal, throws us new great titles of melodic heavy thrash metal, with a huge technique without ever falling into overkill.

And he strikes again very hard at the beginning of the disc with four first tracks forming an infernal and unstoppable quartet. There is the triptych "I Am Hell", a monstrous opening track with soft introduction, followed by a slow rise in power that makes us land on a chorus chanted and screamed by a possessed Flynn that gives you the shivers. The musical part proves to be breathtaking so much the furious and melodic soli follow one another without respite.

"Be Still And Now" follows and proves to be a beautiful homage to the guitars of the two companions so much they are omnipresent and technical in a very effective thrash register. "Locust" ends up knocking us out by mixing wonderfully on nearly 8 minutes all its influences between thrash passages, heavy more melodic, chorus to fall and furious soli. "This Is The End" ends us in the best thrash tradition with just a chorus passage sung in clear voice by the drummer to let us breathe.

After this storm "Darkness Within" calms the game down wonderfully. Flynn modulates his voice with sweetness sounding on the beginning between emo and neo metal before setting the record straight in a second part more thrash. In spite of the commercial side, the track is a nice nugget that will please a large audience. "Who We Are" ends the album in beauty after a "Pearls Before The Swin" that sounds almost like banal thrash considering the high quality of the whole. 

One comes out of the listening of "Unto The Locust" stunned. Machine Head succeeds in putting this 7th album at the height of its glorious predecessor and thus confirms its status of great of the genre. We can only wish them to stay at the top of the thrash world for a long time to come and continue to delight us as they have done for several albums.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#) (08:27)
02. Be Still And Know (05:43)
03. Locust (07:36)
04. This Is The End (06:11)
05. Darkness Within (06:27)
06. Pearls Before The Swine (07:19)
07. Who We Are (07:06)

LINEUP:
Adam Duce: Basse
Dave Mcclain: Batterie
Phil Demmel: Guitares
Robb Flynn: Chant / Guitares
   
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