Machine Head
Burn My Eyes


4.5
superb

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
May 19th, 2006 | 84 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Machine Head
Roadrunner Records
Burn My Eyes

Line up at that CD.

Logan Mader = guitar
Chris Kontos = drums
Rob Flynn = guitar/vocals
Adam Duce = Bass/background vocals


Back in the beginning years of Machine Head. The years when they were unnoticed and still played some really good heavy metal. The band they were before they started playing awful generig Nu-Metal and the new (awesome) style they played in their last album till now. The band having Logan Mader and Chris Kontos in it. To say it in short, a whole different band they are now. Rob Flynn had a more "F*CK YOU ALL" voice with less singing he does now. The riffs were more metal, with more speed, More Metallica.

Although this was viewed by many people as their best album, it wasn't noticed in the big metal scene, or the mainstream people. It was a small underground metal band with four guys rocking the stage of. Just like all the other 8356 underground metal bands in that country. Sometimes they even played for a small 100 people.

As for the musicianship, it's a strong album. It was along with "The More Things Change" the only album with Logan Mader in it. Logan, an experienced guitar player thought of some very nice and melodic solo's like in None But My Own. Chris Kontos was also playing in it, before he left to work with Testament. His fills are original yet very complicated, and although I hate to admit it, he's a better drummer than Dave McClain. For some really standout drumming you have to hear Davidian with the crazy fills, or I'm Your God Now for the couplets. The song build ups are also good, not fantastic, but just good. The most songs carry the same heaviness all the way to the end, but in a nice interesting way. Songs like None But My Own and I'm Your God Now have some clean riffs and almost every song has 1 or more solo('s).

This album contains classic Machine Head songs like Davidian, or Old. Along with other very strong songs like None But My Own, or the creepy Death Church. Another good part from the album is that in overall, no songs sounds the same. Blood for Blood, a speed metal song with a lot of F*CK YOU lyrics, is very different of the more moody I'm Your God Now. Death Church is the creepy song while Old and Davidian are old school heavy metal songs. They also know how to play songs with different counting. Block, the end song, is a sweet song almost fully written in 7/8 counting. the end of Davidian (the slow part) has some 5/4 measures, it sounds a bit forced but it's alright.

So what genre are they actually in, it's hard to say. They sound like a Metallica-like band with the exception that the songs are more technical. The lyrics are also more refined and not the whole time "The world is too hard for me" lyrics (no offense, Metallica can still write some decent lyrics). That's also the negative point, being heavy all the way trhough the album. As I described in the TTAOTE review I wrote that different feelings can be created with creating music that features both soft and heavy. This album contains 95% heaviness and 5% more soft parts. It's not very bad though but it really takes away the life-time of the CD, it all sounds more samey (I don't think it's a word, but you know what I mean).

This CD is not for the average listener, but it is for the average metal listener. Don't expect blistering solo's, breaktrhough riffs or any original idea. That would only make you sad about the CD. If you start listening to it, expect groovy metal riffs, some really good vocals, crazy drumming and some really metal songs.

Recommended Tracks:

Death Church
Davidian
Old
I'm Your God Now


A 4.5/5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
wikuk
May 19th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope it's a good review. I wrote it in a little rush.

Neoteric
May 19th 2006


3243 Comments


Good review, is this you getting into overalls?

Neoteric
May 19th 2006


3243 Comments



Not bad. A tad short, though.
who cares about length?

wikuk
May 20th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, is this you getting into overalls?
a little more yes.

pattern_recognition
May 20th 2006


950 Comments


Not a bad review. Great album, a metal classic. Old and Davidian are just awesome.
Ah, the days when MH were known as 'the second wave of bay area thrash'...

f_u_c_t
June 9th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. although you jumped around on the songs alot. You start the paragraph with Davidian, and then talk about 5 other songs, then end the paragraph with Davidian out of nowhere. The album is killer though, and can probably get an old mans heart race better than viagra.

lanchege
April 12th 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's an awesome album. Good review.

FR33L0RD
May 17th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent trash metal
(or groover metal if you prefer)

KILL
February 2nd 2009


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is an awesome album definitely Machine Heads best

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

BornDeadBuriedAlive
September 8th 2009


410 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just listened to the album for the first time, and I'm extremely disappointed. The Blackening is one of my favorite albums of all time so I assumed I'd like this, but the only track on the album that does anything for me is "Davidian".

OvTheFireAndVoid
January 23rd 2010


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Classic album, and in my opinion is the best metal album of the 1990s along with Seasons In The Abyss.

Powerban
March 16th 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LET FREEDOM RING WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST

Ray91
April 7th 2010


150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best Records of all time in my opinion

Piglet
April 7th 2010


4659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great debut, but it wore off a long time ago

scissorlocked
July 1st 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of the best 90's metal albums

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

BigHans
August 2nd 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Davidian just came up on my Last.fm shuffle. LET FREEDOM RING WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST

Terrifyer
August 2nd 2010


3403 Comments


*LET FWEEDOOM WING WIT TA SHORTGON BWARST

kangaroopoo
August 2nd 2010


3175 Comments


Still my preferred Machine Head album. Davidian best track. The Rage To Overcome is also an excellent song.

thumbcrusher
January 8th 2011


3596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:O overall rating's gone down to 3.9

odd as the lowest review is a 4

eternium
January 8th 2011


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is awesomeeeeeeeeeee.



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