Machine Head
Supercharger


3.0
good

Review

by lostforwords USER (36 Reviews)
April 7th, 2009 | 21 replies | 15,166 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not devoid of filler material and under the questionable “nu metal” label, Supercharger may not measure up to Machine Head’s previous releases, especially Burn My Eyes and The More things Change, but it still is a good effort.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

With The Burning Red, Machine Head had made an effort to identify with the modern metal bands whose sound had already taken over the U.S., making an album that alienated their hardcore fans but didn’t lack quality, always compared to most nu- metal bands. Even if it wasn’t their most acclaimed album, it still sold more than The More Things Change, so it obviously seemed to Robb Flynn and co. that The Burning Red was a step in the right direction.

That is why there are no major differences between The Burning Red and 2001’s Supercharger. In fact Supercharger is only a little heavier than the band’s previous effort, but it’s unquestionably an album that still belongs to the nu – metal genre and is miles away from Machine Head’s initial sound as heard on Burn my Eyes or The More Things Change.

Lyrically, this is Machine Head’s least sophisticated effort. It’s not as if lyrics were ever MH’s strong point, but Rob Flynn had indulged himself in some pretty serious subjects in the past; he had gone political on tracks such as A Thousand Lies or Davidian, he had covered the horrific story of the infamous serial killer in Blood of the Zodiac and even in the Burning Red he seemed to treat (in what is allegedly a concept album) the course of a man’s life and the troubles that may come along during this course. On the contrary, Supercharger oversimplifies things; track number 8 called American High narrates Flynn’s own experience with high school and how no one would believe he would ever become a rock star, so now he can rub their faces in his success. Or in Kick you when you’re Down you get slogans like “you have to trust in yourself” or “you have to follow your heart” instead of actual lyrics and it seems pretty obvious that Flynn, is trying very hard to appeal to teenagers.

Musically, Supercharger belongs mostly to the nu metal genre, and it is much closer to the Burning Red than to any of the band’s previous releases. Rob Flynn sings as much as he screams and raps and he usually sings over choruses, in an effort to give an anthemic (or commercial) vibe to his songs. His riffs are groovy rather than thrashy, and catchy, accessible melodies are added all over the place. Songs follow minimalistic structures with only 2 of them lasting more than six minutes. And like Korn and Bizkit, the production is just the best possible.

Nevertheless, I believe that by no means is Supercharger a complete and utter failure, it just should be judged for what it is, i.e. a contemporary metal release. Even if it doesn’t measure up to the band’s old standards it still matches most contemporary albums of the same genre. As usual, it starts off with an impressive opener, entitled Bulldozer, which includes a crushing riff reminiscent of MH’s thrash days. Crushing Around You and All in your Head have catchy choruses that actually deliver (I know that singing along is not what MH is about, but give them a break, these are catchy!). American High, in spite of the silly lyrics is memorable with its jungle- like intro and straightforward riff. Blank Generation ends with a Rage Against the Machine- like part, where Flynn whispers over semi-distorted guitars, builds up anger and then explodes. And Deafening Silence, the album’s most melodic track, is just great, bringing to mind the title track from MH’s previous record.

Not devoid of filler material and under the questionable “nu metal” label, Supercharger may not measure up to Machine Head’s previous releases, especially Burn My Eyes and The More things Change, but it still is a good effort. It is disappointing only because, MH would spare their talent for writing punishing riffs and heavy, aggressive songs trying to identify with bands they clearly didn’t even belong to the same league with. Luckily for those disappointed with Machine Head’s turn towards modern metal, the band would drop out of this style and proudly return to form with 2004’s Through the Ashes of Empires (and even more with The Blackening).



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Wizard
April 7th 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it still sold more than The More Things Change, so it obviously seemed to Robb Flynn and co. that The Burning Red was a step in the right direction.

I believe I read somewhere that this album bombed hard. The More Things Change went gold. Might want to double check that fact.

American High, in spite of the silly lyrics is memorable with its jungle- like intro and straightforward riff.
AHHHHHHHHHHHAHHHHAHHHHHHHHHEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Hahahahahah hilarious intro!

Some strange formating scattered throughout the review (ie. song titles should stick out a bit more by using "____"). Good review otherwise, especially your last paragraph. I thought about doing a review for this but I could care less about this album tbqh. Has a few memorable moments but it's pretty much mostly filler to these ears.




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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2009



7322 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just bought the Blackening last week. It's my first album of theirs and I like it a lot, so I'll definitely be getting their older albums, including this sometime. The review is pretty good, but I think you say "nu-metal" too often. It seems like you've told me it's a nu-metal album like 10 times. Other than that though the review is good.

lostforwords
April 7th 2009



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

MACHINE HEAD – The Burning Red: 134,458
MACHINE HEAD – The More Things…: 115,104

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=3145

This is my source. It goes back in 2002 though,so if sth 's changed feel free to point it out

Wizard
April 7th 2009



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fair enough, just needed to see that for myself. Thanks dude. Vote!

Willie
Moderator
April 7th 2009



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not a bad review, but I agree with AliW1993 that you use the word "nu metal" too often.

If you're going to use a hyphen don't use a space between them; i.e. this "nu-metal" not this "nu - metal". Also, at least stay consistent to your own format. I found "nu metal" three different ways in your review: "nu- metal", "nu – metal", and "nu metal". In one spot you do use the hyphen correctly, just not that word: "semi-distorted".

Other than that a few really bad sentences (first sentence of first paragraph and first sentence of third paragraph in particular), and maybe some strange wording. Not trying to be a dick, just help you improve.

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BallsToTheWall
April 7th 2009



44164 Comments


This is the album Kerry King bashed I assume, sparking a now extinct mid range verbal spat between bands? I don't think I will listen to this.

Sciroccu
December 20th 2010



758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fantastic album..., trephination is awesome !

kangaroopoo
December 20th 2010



3175 Comments


superpoop

thumbcrusher
January 19th 2011



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

bulldozer's ok. the rest is pretty much a load of bull.

Shuyin
January 14th 2012



11421 Comments


yea, dozer is preety cool.

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KjSwantko
January 15th 2012



9249 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

listening to this right now and holy shit does it sound immature so far. Music for 13 year olds is my initial impression.

TrephineArtist
January 22nd 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A lot of great songs on this album;

Bulldozer, Trephination, Only the names, Crashing around you, Deafening silence, all better than anything on Unto the locust IMO.

NWOAHM666
January 22nd 2012



849 Comments


Crashing Around You is cool, and there are a few OK songs. But this album generally sucks. Have you heard that pile of rubbish song, "American High"?

satrianoid
February 22nd 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Like machine head. Not fond of this. Couple of really solid tracks as mentioned above but on the whole juvenile and a bit silly.
Thank god things changed.

KjSwantko
February 22nd 2013



9249 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They really did get caught up in that whole nu-metal, hard rock nonsense. They're at least bearable the last 5 years.

NeoSpaz
May 21st 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

American High is my jam, for ridiculousness and ironic purposes.


NeoSpaz
May 21st 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hmm

thumbcrusher
May 21st 2013



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sucksss

DatsNotDaMetulz
May 27th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like a lot of this album. Title track is great. Also IIRC this album sold 250K albums so if this is their failure it's not much of a failure. I think most people blame Ahrue Luster for the nu metal move though. Marc Rizzo joining Soulfly was probably the best thing that could've happened to MH as it meant Luster pissed off to ruin Ill Nino (who were already a sinking ship that Rizzo jumped to aid Soulfly's resurgence) and they could bring in Phil Demmel to work on TTAOE.

NeoSpaz
May 27th 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hmm yeah maybe



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