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Release date: 1994
Style: Groove thrash metal

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01. Davidian
02. Old
03. A Thousand Lies
04. None But My Own
05. The Rage To Overcome
06. Death Church
07. A Nation On Fire
08. Blood For Blood
09. I'm Your God Now
10. Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
11. Block
12. Alan's On Fire [Poison Idea cover] [Japanese bonus]
13. Davidian [live] [Japanese bonus]
14. Hard Times [live] [Cro-Mags cover] [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1994: 9

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Rating:
9.0
"1994... corruption, racism, hate. The church has failed... If Jesus came down, he'd be shot…"

This is the scenery, this is the reality. Welcome to the experience that visioning Thrash Metal through Machine Head's burned eyes is. Zenith of a relatively controversial fusion of conservative postures and modern approaches (which doesn't always have to mean alternative), I still get impressed of how successfully heavy and intense this album is, several years and listens later. During that time much has passed but its essence persists, which is, by itself, a fact that makes anything not recent interesting.

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published 04.01.2005 | Comments (10)

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Lit. - 17.04.2012 at 00:27  
  The riff from Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies just stays in your head first listen. Just adore the song for some odd reason.
"America has to go through some type of... radical change."
Baz Anderson - 09.06.2012 at 04:29  
  Seeing as this band are the main headliner of Bloodstock this year, I thought I'd listen to this for the first time in many years... had to skip through most the tracks. I'm sure I used to like it more...
Troy Killjoy - 09.06.2012 at 06:52  
  The only song I actively listen to these days is "Davidian", although I'm thinking maybe I should return to this properly and listen to the entire thing. It's been like four years since I actually sat through this in its entirety. Or three years, can't remember.
Deadmeat - 09.06.2012 at 10:48  
Rating: 8 I like a lot and find AWESOME the moments that the band becomes "fast and furious" on this album but on their usual tempo i tend to find this one a bit boring. i like it's sound but probably it's not my style...
blacktooth85 - 23.07.2012 at 00:12  
Rating: 10 Best Machine Head album hands down. I know since "The Blackening" came out everyone has been saying that it's their best album. That might be the case if they never heard this album. In my opinion "Burn My Eyes" destroys "The Blackening", definitely faster and heavier. There are some songs that start off slower but then pick up; None But My Own, I'm Your God Now, and the amazing A Nation On Fire... Check it out.
I_Die_Often - 25.07.2012 at 02:29  
Rating: 9 DANM!
This disc is 18 years old now!
Still sounds great!!!!
Angry Chair - 06.09.2012 at 19:18  
Rating: 7 Its a great album but for me as the album goes on the songs get weaker. Don't get me wrong its still a great album.

Best songs are the First 3 for me:

Davidian (amazing song)
Old
A thousand lies

megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 15:35  
  Excellent album. Machine Head gave a little bit Pantera and Sepultura to their sound and released a great modern sounding thrash release. Its their best album, so far.
blacktooth85 - 04.01.2013 at 23:05  
Rating: 10
Written by Angry Chair on 06.09.2012 at 19:18

Its a great album but for me as the album goes on the songs get weaker. Don't get me wrong its still a great album.

Best songs are the First 3 for me:

Davidian (amazing song)
Old
A thousand lies




Songs get weaker?? I'm not sure what you mean by that because songs like Block and Blood For Blood are some of the heaviest songs on the album. Even songs like A Nation on Fire and I'm Your God Now start off slow but pick up toward the end. It's chaos at the end of A Nation on Fire.
Angry Chair - 05.01.2013 at 04:10  
Rating: 7
Written by blacktooth85 on 04.01.2013 at 23:05

Written by Angry Chair on 06.09.2012 at 19:18

Its a great album but for me as the album goes on the songs get weaker. Don't get me wrong its still a great album.

Best songs are the First 3 for me:

Davidian (amazing song)
Old
A thousand lies




Songs get weaker?? I'm not sure what you mean by that because songs like Block and Blood For Blood are some of the heaviest songs on the album. Even songs like A Nation on Fire and I'm Your God Now start off slow but pick up toward the end. It's chaos at the end of A Nation on Fire.


yeah I wrote that a bit prematurely since then I have gotten into the album a lot more and I agree with you there. It turns out I was mistaken.
Metropolis_Dream - 03.04.2013 at 19:39  
  An almost flawless debut album. So many killer tracks here. Excellent Groovy thrash metal from start to finish.
Nick K. - 27.08.2013 at 17:50  
  BY FAR the best Machine Head album and many times better than "the Blackening". They never reached this high level again.
Ace Frawley - 28.08.2013 at 13:36  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 27.08.2013 at 17:50

BY FAR the best Machine Head album and many times better than "the Blackening". They never reached this high level again.


Disagree with that.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.08.2013 at 13:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 28.08.2013 at 13:36

Written by Nick K. on 27.08.2013 at 17:50

BY FAR the best Machine Head album and many times better than "the Blackening". They never reached this high level again.


Disagree with that.



I TOTALLY agree with Realistic on this. Burn My Eyes is vastly superior to anything they did afterwards. The Blackening is decent, but nothing great when you compare it to this.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.08.2013 at 13:41  
Rating: 9 I concur. Machine Head need to drop the wannabe-prog length songs and get back to basics.
Ace Frawley - 28.08.2013 at 13:46  
Rating: 9 Lads, we'll have to agree to disagree on this score. I'm outnumbered it seems.
Nick K. - 28.08.2013 at 14:09  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 28.08.2013 at 13:46

Lads, we'll have to agree to disagree on this score. I'm outnumbered it seems.

This album has the best songs overall. But then again, im not the biggest Machine Head fan.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.08.2013 at 15:46  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.08.2013 at 13:41

I concur. Machine Head need to drop the wannabe-prog length songs and get back to basics.


Indeed, they suffer from the same illness as current day Exodus. Songs which are way too long for what they try to bring. Machine Head's biggest problem in that sense is that the band produces and mixes their own albums (mostly Robb Flynn) and they don't have a pair of outside ears to tell them to kill their darlings.
Ace Frawley - 29.08.2013 at 00:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.08.2013 at 15:46

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.08.2013 at 13:41

I concur. Machine Head need to drop the wannabe-prog length songs and get back to basics.


Indeed, they suffer from the same illness as current day Exodus. Songs which are way too long for what they try to bring. Machine Head's biggest problem in that sense is that the band produces and mixes their own albums (mostly Robb Flynn) and they don't have a pair of outside ears to tell them to kill their darlings.


Each to their own, I suppose. I like the longer songs for the most part, so it just comes down to personal preference. If you don't like that, then yes, I guess you could call it an illness that they are suffering from.
Angelic Storm - 29.08.2013 at 01:12  
Rating: 10 "The More Things Change" is the MH album I like best, although I love "Burn My Eyes" as well, it's a classic debut! I think "The Blackening" is a very good album, although it is a little overrated, and not as good as "Burn My Eyes". It's probably their 3rd best album though.
Ace Frawley - 29.08.2013 at 03:09  
Rating: 9 I won't argue with Burn My Eyes being a classic debut and one that belongs on any respectable list of the great debut albums of all time.
Cynic Metalhead - 29.08.2013 at 10:54  
Rating: 9 Burn rules over every record they recorded.

At anytime, I'll pick "Burn My Eyes" over "The More Things Change..." on slabs of collectively more powerful, great songwriting and awesome production. Although, songs off "TMTC" were spectacular and catchy but overall, i'd find that record to be slightly shadowed by Burn.

For a fact, Supercharger and Unto The Locust was their biggest letdown. Dave should learn his faults from these albums.
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.08.2013 at 12:44  
Rating: 9
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 29.08.2013 at 10:54

Dave should learn his faults from these albums.


Dave? You surely mean Robb since Dave doesn't write too much music for the band.
Angelic Storm - 29.08.2013 at 14:35  
Rating: 10
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 29.08.2013 at 10:54
At anytime, I'll pick "Burn My Eyes" over "The More Things Change..." on slabs of collectively more powerful, great songwriting and awesome production. Although, songs off "TMTC" were spectacular and catchy but overall, i'd find that record to be slightly shadowed by Burn.

For a fact, Supercharger and Unto The Locust was their biggest letdown. Dave should learn his faults from these albums.


The reason why I slightly prefer "The More Things Change..." is it's a darker, more atmospheric album than the debut. I definitely see it as their most adventurous album, despite it not having as many lengthy songs as their last couple of efforts. It's more dynamic.

"Supercharger" is the worst MH album, but it wasn't really a let down, as the previous album "The Burning Red" wasn't that great, and definitely a come down from the first two albums which were amazing. "Unto The Locust" was a letdown, as "The Blackening" was their best album since TMTC by quite a margin. UTL is definitely not as weak an album as "Supercharger" was, but nonetheless, I definitely seen it as a step backwards after "The Blackening".

@Marcel: I was just about to say the same thing! Yep, I think Cynic meant to say Robb, unless he was talking about Dave Mustaine, but what does Dave Mustaine have to do with Machine Head?
Cynic Metalhead - 29.08.2013 at 21:45  
Rating: 9 Sorry for that blooper.

It's Robb not Dave.
Ace Frawley - 30.08.2013 at 12:59  
Rating: 9 I've just listened to the album again and I have a newfound love of it. I concede you guys have a point about the shorter songs. They are definitely punchier that way. I still like their longer songs on later albums. Another thing about this album that I love is the production - it sounds great, especially the drums. I don't have their second album so I'm going to invest in that one next, as I know Angelic Storm has this as her personal Machine Head favourite.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.08.2013 at 13:11  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.08.2013 at 12:59

I don't have their second album so I'm going to invest in that one next, as I know Angelic Storm has this as her personal Machine Head favourite.


problem with their second album is that there is hardly any variation on it, it just steamrollers on. So, devoid of any dynamics.
Angelic Storm - 30.08.2013 at 14:03  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.08.2013 at 13:11
problem with their second album is that there is hardly any variation on it, it just steamrollers on. So, devoid of any dynamics.


Woah, I really couldn't disagree with you more... No variation? Devoid of any dynamics? I think we must be listening to 2 completely different albums... "Struck A Nerve" sounds nothing like "Blood Of The Zodiac", which sounds nothing like "Take My Scars".... etc.
Ace Frawley - 31.08.2013 at 12:03  
Rating: 9 Geezus H - been listening to this non-stop for the past few days and can't believe how much I love it now! Not sure what was wrong with me before. I rated this a 7 and now I'm rating it a 9. There isn't any filler here, so that makes it a very strong album, in my view. Damn, how much do I love Machine Head.
pkillerjp - 10.03.2014 at 20:41  
Rating: 8 Their best by really far, I can't stand the rest of their stuff. This is a really good modern grooving thrash album, but I find some of the songs linger in that build up phase a bit too long. There's a few really stand out tracks and a handful of good ones. Nice album, if they stuck with this sound, they'd be headlining more shows now, instead of being an opening act.
Lit. - 10.03.2014 at 22:55  
 
Written by pkillerjp on 10.03.2014 at 20:41

Nice album, if they stuck with this sound, they'd be headlining more shows now, instead of being an opening act.

What shows are you going to? I don't think MH opened for a band for years.
psykometal - 22.03.2014 at 01:10  
 
Written by Lit. on 10.03.2014 at 22:55

What shows are you going to? I don't think MH opened for a band for years.

And get got super pissed when they had to open for Limp Bizkit (of all bands) a couple years ago at a Euro fest.
deadone - 22.03.2014 at 02:12  
Rating: 9
Written by blacktooth85 on 23.07.2012 at 00:12

Best Machine Head album hands down. I know since "The Blackening" came out everyone has been saying that it's their best album. That might be the case if they never heard this album. In my opinion "Burn My Eyes" destroys "The Blackening", definitely faster and heavier. There are some songs that start off slower but then pick up; None But My Own, I'm Your God Now, and the amazing A Nation On Fire... Check it out.



Totally agree. And Robb Flynn doesn't go all whiny emo on Burn My Eyes either unlike the Blackening.


Burn My Eyes is one of those albums that proves the 90s was a great time for heavy music! Absolutely brutal and crushing.

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