I don’t know why I was so surprised to read on Blabbermouth about Robb Flynn discussing the 20 year anniversary of Machine Head. Granted their debut came out in 1994, but still; I guess it just doesn’t feel that long, especially with The Blackening and Unto The Locust causing them to be probably more relevant than ever. It seems like after wave upon wave of metalcore/mallcore bands name-dropped them and Pantera as primary influences, everyone slowly started to realize that no one could quite crack their sound in the same way and instead of drinking from the brook they began to take from the river directly. Obviously, Machine Head borrowed heavily from other bands too, but my poorly worded metaphor makes some sense.
Personally, I have no time for new Machine Head. It just doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t get the hype. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the sound and it sure as hell is a definite improvement on this but I just can’t appreciate it. Maybe I’ll give those new records a try again someday but for now their career begins with Burn My Eyes and ends with The More Things Change for me – two albums that I grew up with. I must have been roughly 2 or 3 when my parents bought this album but my life is littered with memories that are soundtracked by “Old” or “Ten Ton Hammer” and I’ll still come back to them periodically. Neither record is perfect but they’re definitely great, there aren’t many bands that could create such a tight and heavy groove like they do on “Davidian” and you can most definitely tell where bands like Lamb Of God take their influences from.
So for the sake of nostalgia/furthering your knowledge, why not take a couple of minutes to appreciate a real classic that has had a profound effect on modern metal?