Editors’ Notes On The Blackening, Machine Head boldly balance sonic brutality with compositional complexity. While straight-ahead thrashers “Wolves” and “Aesthetics of Hate” are bare-knuckled cage matches, the band also incorporate a slew of progressive tactics, including suite-like songs, ingeniously shifting rhythms, and interwoven guitar solos. Ten-minute opener “Clenching the Fists of Dissent” announces their ambitious approach with a mix of anti-establishment rancor and dizzying changes. “A Farewell to Arms” is equally intricate (and awesome), and shows off Machine Head’s atmospheric side.

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Clenching the Fists of Dissent
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10:36
 
Beautiful Mourning
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4:46
 
Aesthetics of Hate
3
6:30
 
Now I Lay Thee Down
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5:34
 
Slanderous
5
5:16
 
Halo
6
9:02
 
Wolves
7
9:01
 
A Farewell to Arms
8
10:12
 

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