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'Unto The Locust'
Tina Saul

19th September 2011

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Over the past four years since the release of their last album, 'The Blackening', Machine Head fans around the world have been craving new material, eager to know what album number seven is like. Well, it's not like 'The Blackening', 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' or anything else they've done before.

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But before you get disappointed, it's better. Epic, in fact, and definitely makes the most of their talent and complexity more than any of their previous releases.

However, it's not an album that is out just to please their fans! It pushes their sound in all sorts of directions, to the point where some fans may find themselves out of their comfort zone. But don't give up on some of the less brutal tracks the first time you hear them - three or four listens and you'll be hooked. And it is stunning for them to focus more on the melodic side to Rob Flynn's vocals.

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The album begins with 'I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)', which takes you on a three-part journey spanning brutal thrash, spiritual Latin chanting and classic Metal, plus just about everything else thrown in. It's the perfect song to open your mind to the next six tracks, which aren't all as complex, but are equally impressive and experimental.

At this stage in their career, there was always the danger that Machine Head would ride off the back of the success of 'The Blackening' and stick with a formula that they know works and that you love. But they haven't, they've evolved their sound and released the freshest heavy Metal album I've ever heard.

I'm not going to spoil the fun and tell you how each track on the album pans out, but do make sure you get this on your pre-order list now and start mentally preparing yourself for this complex masterpiece.

'Unto The Locust' release starts this week in Japan on 21st September and, on 26th September, us lucky Brits can get our copy of the Metal Hammer Fan Pack, which contains a feast of Machine Head goodies and exclusives; the perfect accompaniment to this album which is now firmly planted in my Top 5 favourites.

Machine Head have released three 'Making Of' videos, so what better way to discover more about the album than from the band themselves?

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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