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Machine Head – ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’

Nuclear Blast
Lamb of God, Trivium, Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy, Ektomorf, Damageplan, DevilDriver
Release Date
August 26, 2022
Nuclear Blast
Groove/Thrash Metal

                When a band has a career of nearly 30 years, there will always be undoubtedly highs and lows, members come, members go and sometimes they all nearly go at once. This is the situation that Robb Flynn found himself in a few years ago; undeterred Flynn continued and after an absence of nearly four years, Machine Head are back with their latest album ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’.

                Following the absolutely dreadful ‘Catharsis’ in 2018, Machine Head needed to do something and thankfully, ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’ see’s Flynn and co. massively returning to form with arguably their best album since ‘The Blackening’. Bold statement. Yes. But this album really the sound of a band who have got their shit their together and ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’ is delivered through a decent, heavy modern production that perfectly blends ‘The Blackening’ with ‘Unto the Locust’ with tracks such as ‘Bloodshot’, ‘Arrows in Words from the Sky’ and ‘Unhallowed’ being thoroughly enjoyable having all the modern enjoyability of Trivium, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Sepultura whilst keeping themselves within that distinctly recent Machine Head sound as big anthemic chorus’ trade off with harsh verses.

                However, once again with ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’, Machine Head struggle with the ability to end a song, many of the tracks here are a good minute longer than they need to be and all the linking instrumentals are literally a waste of time. Yet, ‘Of Kingdom and Crown’ will shift records by the pallet load, it is Machine Head getting back to what they’re good at and hopefully this will be the start of a new era of success for the band, but ultimately, the listener knows exactly what they are getting.

"a huge return to form for Machine Head"

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