Through the Ashes of Empires
Flynn and Co. create metal masterpiece
For many Machine Head fans, their 1994 debut Burn My Eyes is still the standard set by which all other Machine Head releases are measured. It's follow up, 1996's The More Things Change, has been the only other album to challenge that level, as the albums since have been inconsistent to say the least. That is, until now. Machine Head in 2003 have delivered an album that draws upon facets of all their studio efforts, although it sounds more like Burn My Eyes overall than anything they've released.
From the opening strains of Imperium, the huge production instantly hits you and at the same time, riff after killer riff continues to just amaze, as this really is a return to form for this San Francisco Bay area quartet. There really isn't a weak point on this album and there is no doubt that this is their best effort in many years, and a strong contender for metal album of the year.