Track of the Day: 'Locust'

By Brendan Hasenstab

Past TracksIt's time to stretch the boundaries here, and review a state-of-the-art metal track. (If metal isn't your bag, you may want to come back later for something different.) Oakland's Machine Head qualify as a band of grizzled veterans of the metal scene, having begun pummeling a practice room all the way back in 1991. The band's seventh album, Unto the Locust, finds them firing on all cylinders, and this particular cut is a tour de force of several classic and current metal styles woven from bits that sound like vintage Pantera, vintage Slayer, and some of the proggier metal acts such as Queensr├┐che. However, I don't mean to say this is a pastiche. It's a fiercely original, wholly satisfying headbanger, and one of the best metal tracks I've heard all year.



On iTunes: Machine Head/"Locust"

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