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Track By Track: Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Your track-by-track guide to the new Machine Head album

The long-awaited follow up to Machine Head's Unto The Locust is coming our way on Monday, so to get your ears all excited and giggling like schoolkids we thought we'd run through it track by track to let you know what you're in for.

You can read our exclusive interview with the Machine Head frontman in the new issue of Metal Hammer now.

Now We Die

Unless you’ve been living in an isolated cave in Siberia, with no electricity and awful taste in music, you will already have heard this thunderous opening track. Seven minutes of prime Machine Head at their crushing, adventurous best, it’s an instant classic that already sounds as timeless and thrilling as Davidian, Imperium or Clenching The Fists Of Dissent. Modern metal seldom sounds any more distinctive or powerful.

Killers & Kings

The first song to be released from Bloodstone & Diamonds, albeit in slightly more primitive demo form, Killers & Kings was aired on Machine Head’s recent run of intimate UK dates and it was routinely greeted like an old friend. Does anyone else channel the ferocity and might of classic thrash in such an effective and idiosyncratic way? The answer you’re looking for is FUCK NO. Brutality and melody in perfect, riotous harmony.

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