Monday, October 13, 2008

MOTD - Machine Head: Usually an overrated band, but for one song a hero...

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Machine Head
Song: Imperium
Album: Through The Ashes Of Empires
Style: Half-Thrash/Groove Metal
country/location: Oakland, California, US
release: 2004

So I had something else that I was going to post, but my internet is so awful right now that I can't upload anything. And I really want to post something, so I'm posting this band! A metal buddy requested someone upload this one song and I happened to have it (while I'm not a huge fan of Machine Head, I was curious to their popularity). Initially I was posting it as a random song by a band I really didn't like all that much, but after listening to it, I'm finding myself liking it more than I was expecting. I still think Machine Head is quite overrated, but this song has some awesome moments.

Machine Head is very angry music. Rob Flynn seems to have a lot of anger management issues that he lets out in his music. He's also an angry tough guy who wants you to go fuck yourselves. That's the one part about Machine Head that I'll never really like. There are a couple moments where he goes into a cleaner style (mainly for the really catchy mini-chorus), but for the most part it's a tough guy half-growl that sounds really obnoxious. The guitars are aggressive and adversarial (for competition! for fun! sorry random Star Trek quote, points to those who know it). Some of the riffs are really thrash-based, while most of them are groovy, headbanging, "catchy" riffs. There are parts that almost have a bit of a nu-metal tinge to them (considering their history, it makes sense) with others that have some Gothenburg melodic death influences. Supposedly there's a tremolo section, but I can't hear it. As I said before, I'm far from loving this band, however this song is pretty awesome in parts. Also, I can't wait to see if this gets any reactions from people hehe.

Machine Head - Imperium