InTuneRewiew :: Machine Head - Unto The Locust
"Unto The Locust" is Machine Heads 7th full length studio album following the monstrous album "The Blackening", which was awarded the album of the decade by Metal Hammer Magazine and later, Roadrunner Records "album of the century". So if that wasn't enough pressure before releasing a new album, I don't know what would be!
The release of "Unto the Locust" is a sign of the tour-de-force that is Machine Head. They have not only achieved an album that can rival "The Blackening", but have shown that there is still more to come from them.
The album starts out with the track "I am Hell", an eight and a half minute anthem that would rip any crowd into a frenzy at the start of a Machine Head concert. At around the 2 minute mark, the riffs here are heavy, and draw you into the album. Before you know it you are being taken on a ride of sharp, refined, and tight metal proportions. Every song has a hook, and although the songs are long, the shortest being 5:43, you are never bored as the arrangements are put together in a way that reminds me of what makes Machine Head the brutal and brilliant musicians that they are. The lyrics are well written and sung with a mix of brutality along with some gentle soothing harmonies. Robb Flynn is at his best yet here. The drums of Dave McClain are thunderous and unrelenting in parts, especially in the third track "Locust", making the backbone of the songs stronger than ever. The bass and backing vocals of Adam Duce are doing the job here, filling the songs with a nice low end that matches perfectly to the feel of the songs. The lead solo work is particularly well assembled and helps to drive the songs along, and the bone crunching riffs of Flynn and Phil Demmel is something to behold, heavy, powerful and with ever changing movement that propels the songs in all directions but always with meaning and purpose. "This is the End" has a great classical, acoustic feel to the beginning which quickly erupts with some fast and furious drumming and riff work, and Machine Head never let the tempo slide, they have this nailed on "Unto the Locust".
It is an album of light and shade, and seems tighter than the last album, and makes this one album you must have in your collection...the more I listen to it, the better it gets!