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'Bloodstone & Diamonds'

Machine Head

Released on: November 11, 2014


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By Jö Schüftan | Posted on: November 13, 2014
Great things definitely come to those who wait for a NEW MACHINE HEAD album! As it was publicly announced, MACHINE HEAD delayed the release date of their eighth studio album because they didn't want to release a record that didn't possess the huge power that the band is globally famous for! Boy, am I glad that the band - Robb Flynn, Phil Demmel, Dave McLain and Jared MacEachern - took their time to crate one hell of a Heavy Metal album!

From the moment I fired up my stereo to listen to MACHINE HEAD's NEW album Bloodstone & Diamonds (available now via Nuclear Blast Entertainment), the band immediately woke all of my senses up with some eery violin sounds that are followed by the band's usual punishing brutality. After shutting the world so that I could listen attentively to yet another crushing batch of songs created by one of the most consistent bands in all of Heavy Music, my emotions felt extremely compelled to every single sound I heard. To say that my soul and ears wanted more is an absolute understatement!

When it comes to creating classic yet modern Heavy Metal albums, Robb Flynn is pretty damn untouchable. Once again, "The General" produced the entire album with the help of Juan Urteaga! And when it comes to fitting in crushing riffs in harmony with dirty vocals, grooving drums, and hard hitting bass parts, Phil Demmel has the perfect formula down to a science. But what really made this album "click" was the lethal combination of drummer Dave McClain and NEW bassist Jared MacEachern. MACHINE HEAD clearly made the right choice by bringing MacEachern into the band.

This super dynamic album, which mixes Heavy Metal with Classical music (yes, Classical music), was once again mixed by Colin Richardson with additional tracking, editing, and mixing by Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi.

From the first note of the opening track "Now We Die" you know its a MACHINE HEAD record, but the band definitely manages to not sound outdated. You know how many bands have a signature sound and when you hear NEW material it sounds expired? Well, MACHINE HEAD managed once again to keep their signature sound intact and fresh. This ladies and gentleman, is really hard to do.

While I could give you a track by track summary and tell you which tracks stand out, I rather you listen to the entire record with your own ears so you can make your own judgement. But trust me, this is the type of album that any headbanger who might be losing faith in Heavy Music should buy (not steal) and play it loud and proud!

Here is the track listing of MACHINE HEAD's Bloodstone & Diamonds:

1. Now We Die
2. Killers & Kings
3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Night Of Long Knives
5. Sail Into The Black
6. Eyes Of The Dead
7. Beneath The Silt
8. In Comes The Flood
9. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire


- Robb Flynn: Vocals and guitar
- Phil Demmel: Guitar
- Jared MacEachern: Bass
- Dave McClain: Drums

Listen to MACHINE HEAD's NEW album here:

Related links:
Official site of MACHINE HEAD
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