Machine Head
Through the Ashes of Empires


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (14 Reviews)
August 28th, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Machine Head – Through The Ashes Of Empires

Machine Head were stuck in a rut when their last album failed to meet commercial success. Rob Flynn and his fellow band-mates needed to bring out an awesome metal album to achieve what they had hoped to have done with their last album. Through this period they released the awesome….

Through The Ashes Of Empires

Imperium

Awesome album opener. Starts off quiet and it just builds up and up and then Rob shouts “Here me now!" and goes into heaviness. Basic guitar riff but the drums, wow! Dave can drum good with what he has. The song is a “I am standing up for myself now!" song. It has a lot of swearing at the chorus thing. It slows down to break into this awesome riff. It’s really fast and it sounds dead thrash and it slows down for another minute to end it. This song is a personal favourite and it is possibly the best Machine Head song ever, of course that is just my opinion.

Bite The Bullet

This is more stripped down, fast dirty metal. Rob’s voice is really whiny in the verse, on purpose of course (damn emo music!) The chorus is a powerful and attitude filled number. I feel that the guitars are too low, three steps? Couldn’t they just use seven-stringers? The drums are very fast throughout the song. It is just a heavy Machine Head song is all it is.

Left Unfinished

Left Unfinished is about how Rob was adopted as a child. It starts off with the tune from the chorus as this box thing. I can’t remember what they’re called, it opens up and it has a ballet dancer in it or whatever. The song is very angry as you can see from Rob’s voice while swearing heavily in the song. It has this sort of wah-solo which is quite fitting with the song. It is melodic and fades out near the end. Brilliant song, one of my favourites.

Elegy

This song is more slower and relaxed during the verse. With Rob kind of like whispering. The song kinds of brings back the nu-metal sound that some of their other albums had. I don’t really like this song. It is a more weaker and less original track than the others I think. It should have been left off as it is one of the tracks that come close to “filler".

In The Presence Of My Enemies

This starts off with some annoying crap with Dave hitting the bass drums. Again Rob’s vocals at the verse sounds quite rough. The Pre-chorus is ownage. It’s like the verse but heavier. Rob actually sings in the chorus. The solo is beautiful, Machine Head can think up some creative solos. It is just a really good song throughout and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to get into them. It gets faster near the end and is a total head-banger. It has a new iconic statement “On your grave I stand!"

Days Turn Blue To Gray

This was the second single after Imperium. It builds up with this bass-line and the guitars burst in. The vocals actually have singing in them. I think the lyrics are about a family falling apart. I like how it breaks the end bit up with this small guitar riff with piano I think it is. The singing is quite good. Why doesn’t Rob sing more? It would sound a lot better. After that it gets a bit heavier. I love how he sings “Father! Mother***er!" The song has an awesome ending. This again is a very awesome track. Go download it, it is terribly underrated.

Vim

One track to show off Dave’s drum work has got to be this song, superb drumming to the end. It is another stand-up and shout song. it is a heavy song but is like all the other songs on the album. Very skippable track in my opinion.

All Falls Down

This song reminds me when Machine Head did the nu-metal thing back then. Rob faintly sings in the verse to be creepy seriously. The chorus is like Vim. It has a nice breakdown. It gets more powerful. One thing Machine Head are awesome at is making powerful songs, breaking them down and then making them more powerful.

Wipe The Tears

The song starts off with some wah stuff with the drums going at the snare. Rob snarls and speaks kinda in the verse. Rob does some major screaming during the chorus. Is it my or does every song on the album have some sort of melodic break-down? The lyrics are quite long, but like I said, Rob kinda speaks during the verse.

Descend The Shades Of Night

Starts off with some beautiful acoustic guitar work. It is a some sort of “ballad". It is a beautiful song though. I have a bonus disc that has a demo version of this. It had no acoustic and no solo. Speaking of the solo, it is the best on the album, it feels very melodic. Best track on the album.

4.5/5



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Damrod
Moderator
August 28th 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album. "Imperium" and "Descend the shades of Night" are my favorites. Overall the album is a bit too much metal here and there for my taste though. Still, good material.

I'd say, about 3.5 to 4/5 from me

Nice review, btw. :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
August 28th 2005


2530 Comments


Overall I'd say this entire band is sub par, but Imperium was good.

whatduffhuck7
August 28th 2005


163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my favorite machine head album

DesolationRow
August 28th 2005


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, sure. Knock me off the 14 spot. Pshhhhh.....:p

Great review :thumb:

Apathy
October 19th 2005


645 Comments


Hm...what is this band like? I've heard "Imperium," and it is great...I may buy this. Great review too. :thumb:

Neoteric
October 19th 2005


3243 Comments


It's hard metal. I could send you some songs on MSN or AIM or something?

Neoteric
December 28th 2005


3243 Comments


I've lost this CD ='(

wikuk
April 1st 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is one of the best cd's ever...
All hail Descend the shades of Night and Seasons Wither

pattern_recognition
April 1st 2006


950 Comments


Imperium is sheer godliness, as is Descend The Shades Of Night.
The rest is good, but those two are the best.



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