Review: Catharsis by Machine Head

Metal is underrated.  Enough Said.

by Christian Decker

News Editor

On January 26th, one of metalcore’s biggest names, Machine Head, re- leased their newest album in 4 years, entitled Catharsis. To be honest, the album is really generic. There are a lot of the usual tough guy lyrics and a mix between clean vocals and screams. I wish I could say that I liked it better, but it really wasn’t that great. One redeem- ing factor was that the guitar work was spot on, with some cool tapping parts on several of the songs. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they got copy- written by Devin Townsend of Strap- ping Young Lad for riffs that sound almost exactly like those on the SYLsong, “Love?”, on the track “Beyond the Pale”. Overall, the tracks felt really lackluster to me, like “California Bleed- ing,” which is just about rocker party lifestyles, as if we needed more of that kind of music. Another odd song was “Triple Beam”, chronicling the life of a meth addict that just really didn’t make any sense; it was disturbing, and not in a good way. They also attempted to go softer on the track “Bastards” which is a song about solidarity against the bad guys of today’s political climate, but it felt really forced. I will say “Volatile”, the track dedicated to the memory of Heather Heyer, who was run over by a neo-Nazi at Charlottesville, was actu- ally surprisingly good, and got me to bang my head a little.

Favorite track: “Volatile”

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