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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #35 on: January 01, 2018, 09:05:42 PM »
New to this thread, also a bump. Been a fan since The Blackening, but my favorite album from them is Bloodstone & Diamonds.

Canít wait to hear Catharsis, and I got my tickets for the Evening With tour thatís about to start. 🤘
According to Flynn, this wonít be their heaviest album, but the most melodic. Letís see what it can do.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2018, 04:06:18 AM »
What I've heard so far of the new album really hasn't filled me with much confidence at all.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #37 on: January 02, 2018, 08:32:57 AM »
The band actually posted the review of the new album by Decibel magazine on their website. It slams it as Nu-metal garbage. Robb has said that he considers this the successor to The Burning Red, which I have never heard due to how much it has been slammed. The stuff I have heard hasn't clicked. Hopefully, when I see them next month they focus on more classic material.

https://www.machinehead1.com/blogs/news/decibel-magazine-slams-catharsis

Of course, the magazine takes a drive-by slam at Megadeth by mentioning Super Collider. I actually really enjoyed that album so who knows.
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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #38 on: January 02, 2018, 08:47:46 AM »
Bloodstone & Diamonds, despite being weaker than I had hoped, had some pretty sick riffs here and there. I'm not sure if that 2016 single "Is There Anybody Out There?" is gonna be on the new album, but it gave me such a bittersweet feeling. Lyrics are awful, and the rap/metal-ish verses are pretty cringeworthy, but at the same time there are a few good hooks in the chorus and some cool riffs, and the breakdown is also pretty cool. The whistling seems like a poor attempt to re-create some of the "Darkness Within" magic but fails.

The latest single is good, definitely better than the former. I didn't expect to enjoy this less agressive side of MH, but truth be told my favourite parts of the song are still the heavy ones. Definitely gonna check out the album but keeping my expectations low to hopefully be pleasantly surprised like I was with that last single.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #39 on: January 02, 2018, 09:39:29 AM »
I wasn't impressed with 'Beyond The Pale' but I really enjoyed the title track.

Surprised at the lack of love for Bloodstone. I consider it superior to The Blackening (just beats it), more mature songwriting and better melodies and production. Don't get me wrong though, I love The Blackening.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #40 on: January 02, 2018, 03:40:53 PM »
The band actually posted the review of the new album by Decibel magazine on their website. It slams it as Nu-metal garbage. Robb has said that he considers this the successor to The Burning Red, which I have never heard due to how much it has been slammed. The stuff I have heard hasn't clicked. Hopefully, when I see them next month they focus on more classic material.

https://www.machinehead1.com/blogs/news/decibel-magazine-slams-catharsis

Of course, the magazine takes a drive-by slam at Megadeth by mentioning Super Collider. I actually really enjoyed that album so who knows.

Although this doesn't fill me with much confidence I'll make up my own mind. I mean, I'm hardly a big fan of TBR (it's probably my least favourite of theirs) but then again I also love Supercharger, which often gets slammed. Ever since Machine Head released The Blackening (which is my fave of theirs and basically flawless imo) I've been hoping for them to release something even better. I know this is a pretty much impossible task and I came to terms with this years ago. That being said I have no expectations from these guys and if they release a good album with some great songs, I'm happy.

Bloodstone & Diamonds, despite being weaker than I had hoped, had some pretty sick riffs here and there. I'm not sure if that 2016 single "Is There Anybody Out There?" is gonna be on the new album, but it gave me such a bittersweet feeling. Lyrics are awful, and the rap/metal-ish verses are pretty cringeworthy, but at the same time there are a few good hooks in the chorus and some cool riffs, and the breakdown is also pretty cool. The whistling seems like a poor attempt to re-create some of the "Darkness Within" magic but fails.

B&D was a really nice surprise for me. As I said, I had no real expectations and I really enjoyed it (Game Over was particularly  :metal :metal :metal). This new one will hopefully do the same. I haven't been particularly looking forward to it, if it's great then amazing, if not then I know there will be plenty of awesome stuff coming this year. Machine Head have given me so much incredible heavy music over the years that I can forgive them the odd dud.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #41 on: January 02, 2018, 04:06:24 PM »
The band actually posted the review of the new album by Decibel magazine on their website. It slams it as Nu-metal garbage. Robb has said that he considers this the successor to The Burning Red, which I have never heard due to how much it has been slammed. The stuff I have heard hasn't clicked. Hopefully, when I see them next month they focus on more classic material.

https://www.machinehead1.com/blogs/news/decibel-magazine-slams-catharsis

Of course, the magazine takes a drive-by slam at Megadeth by mentioning Super Collider. I actually really enjoyed that album so who knows.

That's quite cool that the band posted a negative review.

I wasn't impressed with 'Beyond The Pale' but I really enjoyed the title track.

Surprised at the lack of love for Bloodstone. I consider it superior to The Blackening (just beats it), more mature songwriting and better melodies and production. Don't get me wrong though, I love The Blackening.

It was pretty damn good IMO, but TB is just on another level to everything.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #42 on: January 02, 2018, 05:42:59 PM »
Yeah, their peak, for me, was Ashes and Blackening. I don't see them ever topping those records.

As for the negative review, Robb has been doing his best to temper fan expectations for a few months now and I think this is just part of that. It's like he knows there will be a backlash and is just getting in front of it. I don't fault an artist for doing what they want even if I don't like it. My expectations dropped once he started his FYI crusade. I'll still pick up the album, but I am very cautious.
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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #43 on: January 03, 2018, 04:08:30 AM »
Yeah, their peak, for me, was Ashes and Blackening. I don't see them ever topping those records.

As for the negative review, Robb has been doing his best to temper fan expectations for a few months now and I think this is just part of that. It's like he knows there will be a backlash and is just getting in front of it. I don't fault an artist for doing what they want even if I don't like it. My expectations dropped once he started his FYI crusade. I'll still pick up the album, but I am very cautious.

Makes total sense and I think it's a pretty smart move.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #44 on: January 12, 2018, 02:52:52 AM »
New song 'Bastards': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Ig3RGdVMY

They're making it really really hard to look forward to the album with this one. Even disregarding the cringy lyrics like 'the pussy generation' it's just a really weird song for Machine Head, sounds like a Stone Sour ballad combined with some semi-heavy B&D style heaviness near the end.

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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2018, 06:28:22 AM »
It's different for sure but also really bad. I don't think they needed this :-\
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Re: The Machine Head Thread: Bloodstone & Diamonds streaming
« Reply #46 on: January 15, 2018, 09:25:32 PM »
Its really happy for Machine Head.
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