MACHINE HEAD Releases New Album ‘Unto The Locust’ Today with Roadrunner Records – Final Listening Party Takes Place Tonight in the Band’s Hometown of Oakland, CA
Today, MACHINE HEAD are releasing their brand new, highly-anticipated new album, Unto The Locust, in North America via Roadrunner Records. Being widely-regarded as a new opus promising to continue where 2007’s Grammy-nominated The Blackening left off, Unto The Locust is seeing stellar reviews referring to it as “a breathtaking work”, a “riff fest”, “one of 2011’s essential albums”, “a modern metal masterpiece”, “the most accomplished record [MACHINE HEAD] has ever recorded”, “album of the year”, and “this decade’s Master of Puppets” by several of today’s top music publications and entertainment journalists. You can purchase Unto The Locuston iTunes, or physically at Best Buy or your local music retailer.
See below for more great things being said about MACHINE HEAD’s Unto The Locust and for information on tonight’s hometown Oakland, CA listening party.
Oakland,CA hometown listening party details:
Tuesday, September 27th – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607
The Oakland, CA event will include drink specials, and Hails and Horns Magazine will be giving out copies of their magazine and a number of free subscriptions at the event! Space is limited at some of these venues so please arrive early to ensure entry. A limited amount of free posters will be available and the band’s videographer will be on hand to document the event. ** Please note, MACHINE HEAD will not be performing at this event.**
View some excellent coverage supplied by Shockblast Media of the New York City listening party here: http://bit.ly/oRhwiD
Check out what the press is saying about Unto The Locust!
“TRULY iconic metal bands come along only once or twice in each generation, and if Metallica and Slayer are the groups who stand tallest from the 1980s, then surely Machine Head are their 1990s equivalents. Unto The Locust is a storm of complex arrangements and riffs, compiled by musicians who have gained absolute command of their vision. It’s a breathtaking work.” –Metalhammer.co.uk
“Unto The Locust is a candidate for album of the year. The expectations have been colossal, but Unto The Locust is even bigger.” – Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)
“Machine Head are a riff fest, a constant flowing heavy metal river of guitar parts that would throw the most mellow headbanger into fits of uncontrolled bobbing.”– CraveOnline.com
“There’s a reason MACHINE HEAD are one of the most talked about and successful bands in metal today. Very few have been able to take as many chances that paid off and even fewer have managed to evolve from album to album while never fully abandoning their roots… Unto The Locust can be summarized in two words; bad ass.” – Blabbermouth.net
“A few hundred words here can barely scratch the surface of the twisting, turning treats offered by Unto The Locust. Whether you get off on the prog of Dream Theater, the thrash of Slayer or the festival-thrilling enormo-metal of modern day Maiden and Metallica, you need this album in your collection… Unto The Locust will surely see Machine Head finally claim their rightful status as worldwide headliners.” – About.com (Heavy Metal)
“If The Blackening was Machine Head’s …And Justice For All, then Unto The Locust just may be the band’s Master of Puppets: a near flawless example of how exciting modern metal can be when placed into the hands of true, passionate professionals.” – Metal-Army.com
“Unto The Locust contains enough brilliance to satisfy even the most jaded of metal heads… Unto the Locust is one of 2011’s essential albums.” – MetalUnderground.com
“A modern metal masterpiece.” – Examiner.com (Rock Music in NY)
“Music-wise, the band has collectively outdone everything they’ve done in the past… in my opinion, Unto The Locust is all set to stand firm as the best album of Machine Head’s career… album of the year, without a doubt.” – MetalAssault.com
“Words like “masterpiece” and “epic” seem to be used very loosely these days, but there isn’t a Thesaurus entry big enough to expound the number of clichés necessary to give this album justice.” – Shockblast Media
“Passionate, adventurous and intensely dynamic, Unto the Locust not only ups the ante on The Blackening, it presents Machine Head in an entirely new level of songwriting without sacrificing any of the band’s heaviness. Classical guitars serve not only as intros to pounding anthems, but as emotional segues between musical shades. Rhythms range from bold, yet traditional to angular and experimental, and beats run the gamut from shuffling to blasting, with enough tumbling fills from drummer Dave McClain to rival Rush’s Neil Peart. As a vocalist, Robb Flynn has never sounded better, transitioning between melancholy reflection and raw-throated rage as the songs demand, refusing to resort to ripping verse, melodic chorus cliches. Similarly, the guitar solos are carefully assembled and top-notch, whether slow and moody or lightening-fast and adrenaline-pumping, serving, not as self-indulgent devices, but bridges between painstakingly constructed song sections. Despite the challenging arrangements, Unto the Locust is insanely memorable, with immediate guitar hooks and harmonies typing together the many unconventional constructs, making eight-minute epics seem like three-minute sing-alongs. Unto the Locust isn’t just a great album, it’s an important statement that metal doesn’t have to fall into trite categories or draw from pre-existing formulas to be accessible. And bands can even insert vocal choirs, string quartet and children’s singing and remain brutal. Machine Head may have more surprises in store in the coming years. Even so, in terms of quality and significance, Unto the Locust may well be this decade’s Master of Puppets.” –Jon Wiederhorn (Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver)