Machine Head
Unto the Locust


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
September 25th, 2011 | 75 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sonically, Unto The Locust is a big album. It marks a certain high point in Machine Head’s career without compromising a now trademark Machine Head sound.

Unto The Locust is a show of workmanship and experience combined with a straight forward song writing approach. This release will leave listeners thoroughly satisfied without displaying too many technical features that would cripple this no frills album. With ‘I Am Hell (Sonata in C#), first impressions work greatly for Unto The Locust. Listeners are exposed to a symphonic introduction, creating an interesting atmosphere for the first track before being hit in the face by typical Machine Head riff onslaught. The simplistic chugged riff patterns made more interesting with triplet patterns and an underlying dissonant melody line show that Machine Head know what they are doing. The listeners’ first impression is built off this track and by the end of it they should be keen for more.

Comparisons will be made with their previous, somewhat blockbuster release The Blackening and listeners may first notice the lack of flashy technicality that has been replaced with straight forward musical ideas and catchier song structures. Unto The Locust still displays a high level of musicianship on all levels and still manages to keep the listener interested. There is still a lot going on. Unto The Locust is not a “The Blackening version 2.0” it is a branching out combined with the members influences to create an album that is enjoyable with a high play back value without losing sight of the music they produce.

Listen to: Iron Maiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’; listeners will hear some very similar sounds on the introduction of ‘Be Still And Know’, both in the melodic guitar line and the drum work behind it. These features affirm the band’s influences in the metal genre and intelligently combine those influences to create a well thought out track. Titled track ‘Locust’ could be considered the most technical track on the record which builds up in intensity and interweaves patterns and seduces the listener into the track. Rob Flynn’s vocals take centre stage here even with the technical instrumental patterns. At times they soar, but more importantly they show a high level of catchiness often using the hook line to maintain the interest of the listener. The bridge/solo section on this track could well be considered a highlight of the album. There are some hard hitting riffs here that compliment Machine Head’s mosh-like intensity levels and maintain interest throughout the entire of the track.

‘Darkness Within’ highlights the album. The track is an example of all catchiness, intensity, intelligent structuring, technicality and lyricism. This track is sure to attract a few listens and for good reason. Diversity is found at various stages throughout the album, prominently an example can be found on ‘Who We Are’. Interestingly listeners hear the hook line from a choir of children before the rest of Machine Head take the stage with a very up tempo track.

Overall, Unto The Locust makes for a high quality, well done listen. Making use of their skills as song writers, combined with their musical influences Machine Head present listeners with an album they will be playing over and over again. This may not outweigh The Blackening in some aspects but it is bound to turn a few heads. This is an excellent album in its own right. Fans have much to look forward to.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com.au/release/Unto+The+Locust

Released 23rd.

Thoughts?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Watch it, it'll grow on you.

jayfatha
September 25th 2011


2882 Comments


I really need to listen to this

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Also, as this is a new release, any chance of a feature? Pwease?

RosaParks
September 25th 2011


15047 Comments


album slays for days

Muse1748
September 25th 2011


160 Comments


"straight forward musical ideas and a catchier song structures."
Should say 'catchier song structures' without the 'a'

"Both in the melodic guitar line and the drum work behind it."
Doesn't really feel/sound like a complete sentence on it's own. It seems more like the continuation of the previous
sentence.

I know, stupid nitpicky things, but if I wasn't a math major I would've been an English major

All in all, though, great review. I really liked this album, as well.
pos'd

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Cheers Muse, good spot on the errors though.

EDIT: fixed those issues.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 25th 2011


7172 Comments


Pos'd bro.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Awesome! @AfterBreak, GET THIS!

AfterTheBreakdown
September 25th 2011


7172 Comments


Listening now

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


I'm half tempted to push my personal rating to a 5.

ShinXetsu
September 25th 2011


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, this album kills The Blackening.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Cheers mate, Loving 'Darkness Within' at the moment.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 25th 2011


7172 Comments


Not too bad.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Bad, a word that shouldn't be used on this thread lol.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 25th 2011


7172 Comments


Sorry sir.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Favourite of 2011, thus far.

ShadowRemains
September 25th 2011


21616 Comments


lol

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


7127 Comments


@ShadowRemains, which part?

ZombicidalMan
September 25th 2011


1996 Comments


I always liked MH, but their song lengths on their last album ruined it for me. Halo ruled, for the first four minutes. The next five were pointless (except for one or two moments).

This album isn't like that, is it?



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