The seventh full-length studio album by legendary American Groove/Thrash/Nu Metal band.
Machine Head's last studio album with co-founder and bassist Adam Duce before he was fired due to "ongoing differences" with the band on February 11, 2013.
Machine Head seem to be a band that managed to successfully recover from an ill-advised "Rap Metal detour" (1999's "The Burning Red"), and have subsequently sworn their allegiance back to headbanging fare, as evidenced by such releases as 2011's "Unto The Locust". The first thing you'll discover about this effort overall is that it is comprised of only seven tracks. However, time-wise, it all adds up, as the majority of the tunes stretch past either the six-minute or seven-minute mark. And something else the listener will discover quickly after sampling a few tunes on "Unto The Locust" is that Robb Flynn and company have hit upon a formula that they follow throughout, save for one song ("Pearls Before the Swine") - start off mellow, then bludgeon the listener with full-on Metal fury. Case in point, "Be Still and Know" (and its Judas Priest-esque guitar harmony beginning), "Who We Are" (which starts with children singing), etc. But it all eventually winds up in the same place - frantic riffing and hollering, especially on the album-opening "I Am Hell", as well as "Locust" and "This Is the End"...
17 years after the release of their debut album (1994's "Burn My Eyes"), Machine Head is still a force in Modern Heavy Metal, as exemplified by "Unto The Locust"!
"Unto The Locus" is the band's highest charting album ever, charting at 22 on the Billboard 200, until their following release "Bloodstone & Diamonds" charted at 21. It has sold over 100 000 copies in the United States.
Bay Area titans return with a blistering new offering! The album is packed with true Metal anthems from the Metal torchbearers, and it's erected upon the band's signature, crunchy guitar tone, pummeling riffage, a thunderstorm of percussion and Flynn's militaristic barks!!
Nuclear Blast GmbH/Cargo Records Germany GmbH, 2011 (RRCAR 7702-1). Made in Germany. First press. 180g gatefold black vinyl 2LP includes etching on Side D and 16-page booklet!
1. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#) Parts I-III 8:25
2. Be Still And Know 5:43
3. Locust 7:36
4. This Is The End 6:11
5. Darkness Within 6:27
1. Pearls Before Swine 7:19
2. Who We Are 7:06
Total playing time: 48:47