Machine Head: Adam Duce (bass guitar); Dave McClain, Robb Flynn, Phil Demmel.
Personnel: Robb Flynn (vocals, guitar); Adam Duce (vocals); Phil Demmel (guitar); Dave McClain (drums).
Audio Mixers: Colin Richardson; Matt Hyde .
Recording information: Sharkbite Studios, Oakland, CA (08/2006-11/2006); VIP Studios, West Oakland, CA (08/2006-11/2006).
Editor: Vincent Wojno.
Photographer: Alex Solca.
Oakland's Machine Head is back with its sixth release of blistering, smoldering, and streetwise metal. Arguably the band's finest work to date, THE BLACKENING digs back to the band's technically-savvy, thrashy roots and brings them to the present with brilliant production. Produced once again by guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn and mixed by legendary knob-spinner Colin Richardson (Carcass, Bullet For My Valentine), the sleek-sounding album presents eight tracks of bruising metal, rife with attitude and passion. Adding fuel to the band's aggressive fire is guitarist Phil Demmel, who was Flynn's bandmate and co-guitarist in the legendary Bay Area thrash outfit Vio-Lence. From the Dimebag Darrel-inspired "Aesthetics of Hate" to the sobering "Beautiful Mourning", THE BLACKENING is designed to be an instant classic.
Kerrang (Magazine) (pp.46-47) - "Machine Head have produced their absolute masterpiece....Their most ambitious, powerful, credible and accomplished work to date."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.68) - Ranked #3 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[A]n absolute metal classic."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "[I]t's the undiluted bone-shattering power of those eight original tracks that'll keep fans coming back to this particular metal bombshell."
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