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Machine Head - Hellalive - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing1.Bulldozer
2.Blood, The Sweat, The Tears, The
3.Ten Ton Hammer
4.Old
5.Crashing Around You
6.Take My Scars
7.I'm Your God Now
8.None But My Own
9.From This Day
10.American High
11.Nothing Left
12.Burning Red, The
13.Davidian
14.Supercharger
I've always like Machine Head. Sometimes they leave me shaking my head, just asking myself why is vocalist Rob Flynn so angry all the time. He has to be the most depressed individual in America.

Hellalive features Machine Head live in London, a live record that has plenty of Rob Flynn's depressed and dejected viewpoints. Which is one of the main reasons I like Machine Head. Hard as nails with plenty of attitude and hatred to go around, a hatred that is entwined with raw emotion and an unbelievabe amount of musical aggression.

This "live" record finds the Bay Area thrashers even more heavier than their studio output, with Hellalive ranking in my top 10 live albums of all time. Just listen to the crushing Machine Head classic "Ten Ton Hammer" or the band's signature sound on "Davidian". Rob Flynn's angry downtrodden ramblings make for a very enjoyable live experience, using as much foul profanity as humanly possible to fire this British crowd up to extraordinary audio levels. Hellalive is one helluva live album, with plenty of old and new tracks to spice the set up. I really enjoy the newer cuts like "Bulldozer" and "Crashing Around You", as to me they sound ten times heavier than the Supercharger album they originally appeared on. If you are a Machine Head fan, then this is a must have. If you like heavier bands like Stuck Mojo, Exodus, and even nu-metal acts like Disturbed and Slipknot, then I highly suggest picking this one up. I'm not really sure why Machine Head aren't as popular as they are. My guess is that they are just too heavy for the average metal listener.

--EC 03.19.03
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
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3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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