24 January 2013
Machine Head - Supercharger
Years ago, Machine Head's lead singer Robb Flynn was doing an interview in Metal Hammer. It was one of those interviews where the reader sends in questions. One of my friends - a certain reviewer on this page called Chris Jermyn - sent in a question which was the first one give to Mr Flynn which read as roughly as follows:
Burn My Eyes, The More Things Change & The Burning Red were albums with passion, fury and balls - what the hell happened with Supercharger?
Mr Flynn laughed it off but tore my friend a new arsehole later on later on in the interview. It is a generally held belief that this is the weak link in the Machine Head discography, so it came as a slight surprise that the same friend asked me to review this album for the blog. Well, let’s see where we go from here.....
Now this album does have two stand out moments - the song "Bulldozer" is fantastic and in the live set that was released after this it sounded 1,000 times better. The other stand out moment is the title track which needed just a little more of the old grove in it to be an all old Machine Head classic track.
With that out of the way we can go over the rest of the album. It is an incredibly poor album, even by Nu-Metal standards. The production lacks punch, the riffs are boring and the overall effect is a band that was running short on ideas and trying to stay focused on being popular, instead of doing what they did best and writing kick ass tunes for the mosh pit and having fun with it. Yes you can make serious songs and statements but the moment you sound bored it shows up in the music - and this album stinks of it.
Up until this point, they had been pretty much untouchable and even The Burning Red had been passable, but this (as point out by my friend to its creator) was a lost album, done by a lost band and delivered to an audience who had lost their faith. They got their fire and balls back on the next album which was just as well, as they would have been noted as also ran’s otherwise. For the two good tracks alone this does not get as low a mark as it could have done. If you are going to start listening to Machine Head, there is much better places to start. This is only for people who want a complete Machine Head collection and even then that is at a push.
2 out of ten - If only there was some quality control
You can purchase from here
You can listen to the album on Spotify here
- ► 2017 (149)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Days of rest - part 4....I think.....
- Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
- Circus of Power - Vices
- Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
- Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machin...
- Ed Sheeran - +
- VCMG - SSSS
- J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
- London Electricity - Billion Dollar Gravy
- The Levellers - Zeitgeist
- White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, De...
- Machine Head - Supercharger
- Rush - Snakes & Arrows
- Joy Division - Closer
- Gotye - Making Mirrors
- Jeff Wayne - The War of The Worlds
- The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
- New Model Army - Thunder & Consolation
- Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
- Pig - Geniune American Monster
- Mansun - 6
- Silver Ginger 5 - Black Leather Mojo
- Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss
- Approaching treble figures......
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
- Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel
- Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
- Steve Harris - British Lion
- R.E.M. - Monster
- Sugar - Copper Blue
- Fear Factory - Demanufacture
- Everything Everything - Man Alive
- Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
- Bad Brains - Into The Future
- Mother Firefly - Silence Sez It All EP
- R.E.M. - Accelerate
- The Slackers - Self Medication
- Robert Logan - Inscape
- Morthem Vlade Art - Organic But Not Mental
- Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetables
- Public Image Limited - The Is PiL
- Edgard Varèse - Experimental Essentials
- Therapy? - One Cure Fits All
- Black Moth - The Killing Jar
- We Are Knuckle Dragger - Tit For Tat
- Far - At Night We Live
- Wam Bam, Thank You Ma'am!!! - Bowie through the ag...
- Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
- Ginger - Mutation:Error 500
- Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
- Raging Speedhorn - Raging Speedhorn
- Delicate Steve - Positive Force
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- White Rose Movement - Kick
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
- Ginger - Mutation:The Frankenstein Effect
- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Audio Orchestra - ...
- Ben Folds Five - The Sound of The Life of The Mind...
- Metallica - ...And Justice For All
- Nekromantik - Fairy Catcher
- ▼ January (60)
So, we have reached the end of the year and it's been an eventful 12 months! So much has happened, the standard of the records rel...
Who doesn't like an end of year list? No-one! They tell you they don't, but inside they secretly do. So, as we approach the e...
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
Alice Cooper is a legend that really doesn't need any introduction, if you're new to the game then you've got a little bit ...
Well, what a year it has been for releases. 2015 has been an incredible year for me with records and for the blog as well - ...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
New Language (stylised NEW LANGUAGE) is a band I found out about early this year whilst looking for songs for my radio show. As with a f...
Welcome to a roundup review! Similar to the Round-Up posts I put up earlier in the year, I’m going to be posting some bullet point reviews,...
I never thought I would get the change chance to review a new album by Iron Monkey. It just didn’t seem possible for this legendary act...
Rightly or wrongly, They Might Be Giants will always be viewed as a ‘One Hit Wonder’ in the UK, which is a shame. If you mention thei...