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Directionless Mess

Posted on February 12, 2008

We’ve had a ton of emails in from you guys over the few days about the awesome new Machine Head album, and your disagreement with surprising and disappointing Kerrang! review. Many of you also wondered what the band thought of it… The band have posted a response today on their official website: www.MachineHead1.com – and we have posted part of it below… for the full piece (and it is worth a read!), click HERE. “”In what came as a complete shock to band members, U.K.-based teen nu-metal weekly, Kerrang!, have absolutely savaged MACHINE HEAD’s new album, ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’. Referring to it as ‘a directionless mess of an album’, that is chock full of ‘widdlesome solos and moments of musical ‘complexity’ that actually get in the way’, and declaring it ‘the sonic equivalent of eating last nights delivery pizza, reheated today’. Add to those comments the fact that they give the record a mere 2 ‘K’s’, only one ‘K’ above the worst Kerrang! review rating of 1 ‘K’, which the UK magazine refers to as ‘bollocks’. The review comes at a time when the international press is absolutely raving about MACHINE HEAD’s ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’, calling it a return to form, with every single major metal magazine in the UK and Europe decidedly praising the record, with even the Australian edition of Kerrang! handing out a staggering 5 ‘K’ review. Which, strangely, leaves K! writer Daniel Lukes as the only scribe to not only barely review the record, but out and out attack the band. MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain called the review ‘gutter journalism, closer to what you might find on an internet message board,’ while frontman Robert Flynn simply added that the reviewer could ‘suck our fuckin’ dicks.'” The best Machine Head album since ‘Burn My Eyes’, ‘Through the Ashes Of Empires’ is out now and available on CD (for around 퉌£11.99) & limited edition double CD (for around 퉌£13.99) from the following retailers: HMV – 퉌£2 off with your ‘Download 2003’ discount card, VIRGIN, MVC, MUSIC ZONE, and OFFICIAL ‘ROADRAGE’ STORES – Free ‘New Shit’ sampler CD when you buy the album from one of these stores.

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