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Release date: 27 September 2011
Style: Groove thrash metal

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01. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)
    1 - Sangre Sani
    2 - I Am Hell
    3 - Ashes To The Sky
02. Be Still And Know
03. Locust
04. This Is The End
05. Darkness Within
06. Pearls Before The Swine
07. Who We Are
08. The Sentinel [Judas Priest cover] [Special edition bonus]
09. Witch Hunt [Rush cover] [Special edition bonus]
10. Darkness Within [Acoustic version] [Special edition bonus]
+ The Making Of Unto The Locust [Documentary DVD] [Special edition bonus]

The best Thrash Metal album of 2011

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Lyrics (10)

Guest review by
AndMetalForAll

Rating:
7.2
I had big expectations for this album before the release but I must say I was a bit disappointed. After the 10 given by a famous musical entity I was expecting a mindblowing skull-crushing comeback album. Machine Head have been through a lot this last couple of years and most of that due to lack of direction in their musical style.

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published 02.01.2012 | Comments (8)

Guest review by
Apothecary

Rating:
6.8
When a band reaches the peak of their career, one of two options present themselves. They can either continue on the path of their career-peaking work, or try something new, in a different direction. In the latter case, more often than not, a shift in direction doesn't work out as well as the band planned. After Coma Of Souls, Kreator embarked on an experimentation with a more industrial sound, to a not-too-enthusiastic response from their fanbase. The same cases can be seen with Megadeth after Rust In Peace, Metallica after And Justice For All, and so on. The Blackening was (arguably) the peak album of Machine Head's career, and on the follow up, 2011's Unto The Locust, the band went with the second option: a change in sound. And while I wasn't expecting The Blackening, Volume 2, I must say that said sound change comes as a bit of a disappointment.

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published 18.01.2012 | Comments (22)

Guest review by
Nemo Atkins

Rating:
8.5
Machine Head, the current band of former Vio-lence and Forbidden guitarist Robb Flynn, need no real introduction to most fans of thrash metal. Yet it is amazing how many people seem prepared to assume that all they've released that is worth listening to is Burn My Eyes/i] and/or The Blackening. I feel pretty differently: I honestly find Burn My Eyes unimpressive (admittedly, that may be due to me not being a fan of groove metal) and found The Blackening overly long, suffering from the usual problems I have with progressive music (namely, a fondness of writing unnecessarily long music that seems more intended to show off the musicians' skills rather than write something that an audience can enjoy listening to). I do not deny that they are good albums, merely that I do not agree when people refer to them as Machine Head's best albums. By contrast, I consider Unto The Locust to be their best album and one of the best albums of 2011: high praise indeed, considering it was an impulse buy for me for a band I'd never heard of.

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published 18.09.2012 | Comments (3)

Staff pick by
Daniell

25.09.2011 The songs are still too long at times, but the irressistible enegry that squirts from every note of this album is truly overwhelming. Machine Head have just released what could possibly be their best album since the classic Burn My Eyes.

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AndMetalForAll - 10.10.2011 at 21:43  
Rating: 7 I think it's an ok album, a bit disappointing compared with the awesome The Blackening that is one the top 5 albums of the decade. If we compare this album with the most recent...well it's a very disappointing album.
Prometheus - 11.10.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Moose on 19.09.2011 at 06:31

Excellent album.
First listen I was also a bit worried about the 'anthem songs' feel about it, especially because the last song on the album and therefore the one that stuck in my head is "Who We Are".
...But besides that, the rest is pretty killer. Notably the first song, "I Am Hell" and of course "The Locust".
It did seem kinda short though. I guess in comparison to The Blackening. Another song or two would have been nice.

agreed awesome album i loved the riffs,the vocals but the solos are insane man
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.10.2011 at 07:55  
Rating: 6
Written by AndMetalForAll on 10.10.2011 at 21:43

I think it's an ok album, a bit disappointing compared with the awesome The Blackening that is one the top 5 albums of the decade. If we compare this album with the most recent...well it's a very disappointing album.


IMO this one is superior to the mmensely overrated The Blackening which was decent at best.
Vikcen - 12.10.2011 at 14:36  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.10.2011 at 07:55

Written by AndMetalForAll on 10.10.2011 at 21:43

I think it's an ok album, a bit disappointing compared with the awesome The Blackening that is one the top 5 albums of the decade. If we compare this album with the most recent...well it's a very disappointing album.


IMO this one is superior to the mmensely overrated The Blackening which was decent at best.


Quite superior... totally agree, it is a truth like a temple.
SotirisEnrage - 12.10.2011 at 21:55  
Rating: 9 I am the only one who think that the "I am hell" is more like celtic frost or something else?
Apothecary - 13.10.2011 at 23:18  
 
Written by AndMetalForAll on 10.10.2011 at 21:43

I think it's an ok album, a bit disappointing compared with the awesome The Blackening that is one the top 5 albums of the decade. If we compare this album with the most recent...well it's a very disappointing album.

I wouldn't call The Blackening one of the top 5 albums of the decade, but I'd have to agree: Unto the Locust isn't as good. Still a pretty decent album though.
AndMetalForAll - 13.10.2011 at 23:35  
Rating: 7
Written by Apothecary on 13.10.2011 at 23:18

Written by AndMetalForAll on 10.10.2011 at 21:43

I think it's an ok album, a bit disappointing compared with the awesome The Blackening that is one the top 5 albums of the decade. If we compare this album with the most recent...well it's a very disappointing album.

I wouldn't call The Blackening one of the top 5 albums of the decade, but I'd have to agree: Unto the Locust isn't as good. Still a pretty decent album though.

Completely agreed in the new album. Disappointing and from far very different than The Blackening.

In my opinion The Blackening is one of the top 5 of the decade...of course it's your opinion and I respect it. But just take a look at Halo or Farewell to Arms or Now I Lay Thee Down or clenching Fists of Dissent they're some of the most epic songs of Machine Head and from the decade.Just take a look to albums of this decade...what can you find?? that puts The Blackening out? The level of maturity that Machine Head were able to reach with this album is unbelievable. Look Rob Flynn what he waas and what he is right now. Finally he can even perform some solos....finally!!! The Blackening was a landscape to the band...now they are a band....but Unto The Locust suc** compared with The Blackening.

Greets,
Andmetalforall
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 12:55  
  Ok, album. The Blackening is way better though. This one is more melodic, but the harmonised solos are scaringly simmilar to the ones on The Blackening. I dig the vocals on I am hell though. Maybe Robb's moast extreme vocals ever
Xim - 19.10.2011 at 19:38  
Rating: 8 Nothing that exactly "wowed" me on my first listen, but it's a good stable album and probably one of the better groove albums I've heard so far. Definitely worth the listen.
beyondtehdarksun - 21.10.2011 at 10:34  
Rating: 9 I love this album, while the blackening never impressed me THAT much! Only "Who we are" prevents me from rating this a 10... why did they had to add such an annoying song ??
Vikcen - 21.10.2011 at 19:25  
Rating: 10
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 21.10.2011 at 10:34

I love this album, while the blackening never impressed me THAT much! Only "Who we are" prevents me from rating this a 10... why did they had to add such an annoying song ??


Agree, neither impressed me (only the song Halo), but this last is truly great! =) By the way, mainly why don't you like that song Who we are ?
beyondtehdarksun - 26.10.2011 at 20:29  
Rating: 9
Written by Vikcen on 21.10.2011 at 19:25
Agree, neither impressed me (only the song Halo), but this last is truly great! =) By the way, mainly why don't you like that song Who we are ?

The chorus. If you're gonna write a hymn to close the album, it should at least have a decent chorus. Every other song on the album has.
John Shock - 09.11.2011 at 20:28  
 
Written by Vikcen on 21.10.2011 at 19:25

Written by beyondtehdarksun on 21.10.2011 at 10:34

I love this album, while the blackening never impressed me THAT much! Only "Who we are" prevents me from rating this a 10... why did they had to add such an annoying song ??

Who We Are is awesome...just because there's a bunch of kinds singing on the start of the song doesn't take the taste of MH down...or the album! This album is awesome...of course not as awesome as The Blackening...but just near!
John Shock - 18.11.2011 at 21:49  
  This album keep growing in me, i will rate it 10 sooner...i don't believe my self but it's the true...this album is a masterpiece, at least for me and some of my friends! ..My opinion is what counts for me!
fiyaskoyum - 10.12.2011 at 02:37  
Rating: 8 I was expecting a better album after 4 years silence. Blackening is the best album in 2000's and it may be a mistake to compate this album with blackening but still I was expecting a better job!
John Shock - 01.01.2012 at 09:30  
  Accept the reality....THIS....IS....NOT....THE BLACKENING....you fucking dumb asses! This is a change,...way way different from The Blackening...of course it can't compete against it but surely is a great album in that genre...from which is way different from The Blackening! ...Just accept that...Machine Head, in someway did something different...and just because "it's not better or it's not something like The Blackening it doesn't have to be so underrated"...and i don't know why...DENIED!...shit...
Troy Killjoy - 01.01.2012 at 10:34  
Rating: 6
Written by John Shock on 01.01.2012 at 09:30
...shit...

Dude... you seriously need to relax before you post. Maybe go beat up a punching bag or something when you see someone else stating their opinion if you can't carry on an intelligent conversation without going into a Neanderthal-like frenzy.
John Shock - 01.01.2012 at 14:41  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.01.2012 at 10:34

Written by John Shock on 01.01.2012 at 09:30
...shit...

Dude... you seriously need to relax before you post. Maybe go beat up a punching bag or something when you see someone else stating their opinion if you can't carry on an intelligent conversation without going into a Neanderthal-like frenzy.

i freak out i know...this is not the first time i freak out and you know it...but seriously...this time i don't hurt anyone feelings...i just give my sincere opinion...
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.01.2012 at 20:31  
  Tried giving this a proper listen but I gave up at track 3. So very, very unnecessarily long and not particularly interesting. I'll just stick with Burn My Eyes methinks.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.01.2012 at 16:23  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.01.2012 at 20:31

I'll just stick with Burn My Eyes methinks.


Still their best by miles. The overrated The Blackening isn't even allowed to tie Burn My Eyes' shoelaces
NocturnalStalker - 14.01.2012 at 10:25  
Rating: 8 I also didn't like "The Blackening" all too much. As for this album, it's pretty good, in my opinion. But what doesn't allow me to give it a higher rating is the fact that I really enjoyed some songs (I Am Hell, Locust, Darkness Within), while some of them were much less memorable.
Zaphod - 03.03.2012 at 16:40  
 
Written by AndMetalForAll on 13.10.2011 at 23:35

Just take a look to albums of this decade...what can you find?? that puts The Blackening out?

Not sure if you mean Thrash or Metal or music in general but in each case I can find a lot of albums that are better than The Blackening.
Ace Frawley - 21.03.2012 at 02:17  
Rating: 8 My album of the year for 2011. Brilliant.
BlindToNegotiate - 31.03.2012 at 06:55  
Rating: 10 Seriously my favorite Machine Head album. Sheer genius. Darkness Within is a bit too commercial for me, but still a fantastic song. This should easily suffice me until their next (and hopefully better) album comes out.
musicalkaratekid - 07.04.2012 at 21:33  
Rating: 8 A lot of people seem to be criticizing this album for its radical departure from the aggression and fast-paced technicality of 'The Blackening', but i actually prefer this one. I praise the band for using (in the right way, no less) operatic choirs with the opening and closing tracks, and although the songs are considerably shorter, they seem to be straight to the point and not unnecessarily lengthened by predictable solos. I have never been a fan of Machine head in all honesty, but i take this album to be one of their most creative.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 00:59  
Rating: 10 This is a brilliant album and surely one of the best of machine head
jp - 26.08.2012 at 17:27  
Rating: 6 This albums contains, in my opinion, only three fantastic songs, meaning great melodies, technicality and creativity:

I am Hell. Be still and Know. and This is the End.

Overall I'm still disappointed.
Angry Chair - 06.09.2012 at 19:13  
Rating: 8 I really enjoyed this album and its the album I heard first off them, It indeed is a grower.

My favorite songs from this album are:

Darkness Within ( just like my user name, my all time favorite machine head song )
Pearls before the swine
The sentinel (bonus track, Judas priest cover which I think is better than the original as I don't like Judas priest)

Its a good 8/10 would not go any higher than that though.

Blackening was better.
bblitz - 01.12.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 9 Wonderful album,the power that drives it is just amazing.
3rdWorld - 06.03.2013 at 13:32  
  Love the inclusion of blast beats. And just like Marcel said, this one is really a lot more standable than the utterly boring The blackening.
Deadmeat - 17.06.2014 at 10:39  
  I am on the first listenings and this one souds amazing. though 7 songs are too few... i like that it doesnt have 10 minute songs... already i love songs like "this is the end", "be still and know" and "darkness within" but generally it seems there is not a second of "filler"...
deadone - 18.06.2014 at 02:50  
Rating: 6 Pretty average affair.

These guys had 1 awesome album (Burn My Eyes), one good album (The More Things Change) and then a whole lot of either "meh" (including the rather dismal in my opinion Blackening) or utter shit.

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