Machine Head // Of Kingdom And Crown // Album Review


Four and a half years since Machine Head dropped their much, and in my opinion, unfairly, maligned “Catharsis” they are back and what a way to do it; “Of Kingdom And Crown” is a blistering return to form.

Machine Head are a band that always makes waves when they release something but this marks their triumphant return with a huge exclamation point. Machine Head have a primordial feel to their music brought about primarily by Robb Flynn but also the musicians that he has assembled and this latest incarnation are no different. There is a ferocity and intent about them that has been missing in recent years, don’t get me wrong I am a massive fan and have been from the start, but whatever they have managed to change will make even the harshest of critics sit up and take notice as this is some of the best work Machine Head have ever put out and that is saying a hell of a lot.

This is thirteen tracks of pure metal that get better and better with each listen, usually on an album there will always be one or two that will miss but that is not the case here. From the mellow openings of “Slaughter The Martyr” to the closing refrains of “Arrows In Words From The Sky” you will be mesmerised by the band’s ability to go from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. Tracks like “Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate”, “Bloodshot” and “Rotten” are typical Machine Head tracks in the sense that they are powerful songs but on this album the intensity has been dialled up to the max, heavier beats with a more aggressive feel and a relentless pace, they are just amazing songs. Flynn’s ability to craft a song is second to none and that is seriously evident in the likes of “My Hands Are Empty”, “Unhallowed” and “No Gods, No Masters” which switch between melodic and moody to downright brutal in a heartbeat.

The seamless changes in style within the tracks make it very difficult to pick a favourite as with each listen you pick up on something you may have missed on previous listens, believe me I know as this has been on a constant loop since I got my grubby mitts on it, but unlike other albums or bands, this does not tire and is a really easy listen.  There are a couple of noteworthy points that need to be made regarding this album and they are positive ones; the first being when did McEachern learn how to sing so well, the melodic harmonies that himself and Flynn have managed to put together are simply amazing hitting each note with perfection and they will no doubt leave a few people stunned. The other thing is how easily both Vogg and Koperweis have slotted into their respective roles, the former striking a wicked guitar partnership with Flynn in a short space of time, it’s like they’ve been at it together for years, while the latter’s immense power and style fit like a glove, in my humble opinion his drumming lays the foundation for this incredible album. 

This is a phenomenal album bursting with killer tracks all the way through, full of passion and with the energy of a band that has rediscovered their true form.

“Of Kingdom And Crown” is out Friday the 26th of August, whatever you do, do not miss this release it is just stunning!


Out Friday, August 26, 2022
via Nuclear Blast x Imperium Recordings
Pre-Orders Available Here | Pre-Save Here


Track Listing:
CDs, Digipak, cassettes, and all digital formats will be available on Aug 26th, with all vinyl formats arriving on Nov 25th. Pre-order the new album HERE.
Catch MACHINE HEAD on the road across Europe, starting in August. For ticket information, click here.
Electric Happy Hour Live:
August 31 – GLASGOW @ Garage (SOLD OUT)
September 2 – INVERNESS @ Ironworks (SOLD OUT)
September 4 – ABERDEEN @ Lemontree (SOLD OUT)
September 5 – DUNDEE @ Fat Sams
September 6 – EDINBURGH @ Liquid Room (SOLD OUT)
September 15th – STRASBOURG @ La Laiterie (JUST ADDED)
Machine Head & Amon Amarth ;Vikings & Lionhearts’ Tour Dates:
08th      NOTTINGHAM, Arena
09th      CARDIFF, Arena
10th      LONDON, Wembley Arena
12th      MANCHESTER, Arena
13th      DUBLIN, 3 Arena
16th      ZURICH, Hallenstadion
17th      VIENNA, Stadthalle
18th      KRAKOW, Tauron Arena
20th      TALLINN, Saku Arena
21st       HELSINKI, Ice Hall
23rd      OSLO, Spektrum
24th      STOCKHOLM, Hovet
26th      COPENHAGEN, Forum Black Box
27th      HAMBURG, Barclays Arena
28th      FRANKFURT, Festhalle
30th      OBERHAUSEN, König Pilsener Arena
01st      BERLIN, Velodrom
02nd     AMSTERDAM, Afas Live
04th      MILANO, Lorenzini District
06th      BARCELONA, Sant Jordi
07th      MADRID, Vistalegre
08th      LA CORUNA, Coliseum
09th      LISBON, Campo Pequeno
12th      PARIS, Zenith
14th      MUNICH, Olympiahalle
15th      LEIPZIG, Arena
16th      PRAGUE, Tipsport Arena
18th      BUDAPEST, Barba Negra
20th      ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Rockhal
21st      BRUSSELS, Forest National
22nd     STUTTGART, Schleyerhalle
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