Prefer something thrashier? Then CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE is for you. Just want chunky riffs that slay with no shits given for the amount of damage wrought by them? Then BLØØDSHØT does the job. Guitarist Vogg is more than a match for his predecessor, his playing perfectly complementing Robb’s, while bassist Jared MacEachern’s vocal contributions soar where they fell flat on Catharsis. There is a real sense of progression as the album unfolds too, the whole thing held together by a grandiose sci-fi concept, which is also something new for the band.
Machine Head have been down before – their nu-metal adventures 20-something years ago – and have come back from it, so maybe counting them out was premature. Regardless, with this version of the band they are back to their best, and that is all that matters.
For Fans Of: Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Lamb Of God
ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN is released on August 26 via Nuclear Blast
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