Band: Machine Head
Released date: October 2nd, 2001
Country: United States
Label: Roadrunner Records
I am not really a fan of Robb Flynn‘s Machine Head band. Even from the very instant that I heard their groove-laden thrash metal debut, I already knew that these guys don’t have anything unique to offer to the metal scene. And I’m not just saying this because I don’t like that musical class. Frankly speaking, I myself have numerous favorites who play in the genre. It is just unfortunate that Machine Head did not have that potential to make it to my list.
After hearing two disappointing studio albums from their group, I had come to a conclusion that their later releases are equally that mediocre. I never really thought that Machine Head‘s generic groovy metal could get worse, and then I heard their third studio album which paraded their shifting from groove-thrash to a more nu-metal tainted sound. And like the possible reaction of fellow metalheads when they first heard the release, I was in a point where I couldn’t care less about them anymore. However, I accidentally bumped into their fourth offering “Supercharger“, as it was playing on a stereo when I was in a record store scanning over some good music materials. Man, “Supercharger” is utterly worse!
This fourth offering is mostly composed of awfully bad riffs, recycled from “The Burning Red“, deteriorated down predominantly on one to two guitar chords without any accommodation of authentic solos. In the majority of the album, the presence of the bass is not even noticeable. The bass was tuned flat down and it plays no role in the album, as it only follows and plays as a shadow to the guitar most of the time. This issue is identical with the drum section too. Dave‘s drumming performance here is in beyond belief simplistic and it suffers a great lack of punch. Like how the bass was done in this offering, the drums only trailed behind the groovy riffs and it did not display any surface of rage or technical nature. And finally Rob‘s despicable vocal performance summed up the album’s appallingly inferior value.
You would have expected that Machine Head had learned from “The Burning Red“, yet by some means they dug deeper into nu-metal’s even more mushy department. On a whole, this record is an abhorrent album on the band’s already dreadful résumé. This is what happens when a band is more focused about the fame and money, instead of creating good and compelling music for their passion. Eventually they learned after this album and they went back on doing lackluster post-thrash metal, rather than fabricating a cliché of nu-metal garbage.