Sunday, 8 June 2014

Machine Head (supported by Coal Chamber & Napalm Death) 22nd April 1997 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Machine Head undertook a UK tour at the beginning of 1997 on the back of their slightly disappointing second album, The More Things Change. They were supported by Korn rip-offs Coal Chamber, who were not bad live, and the excellent Napalm Death. Machine Head themselves were very heavy and very intense with a great, atmospheric opening. They played most of their best material, including “Old”, “Davidian,” “Take My Scars,” and “Violate”. 

The only criticism was that their original drummer, the incredible Chris Kontas had been replaced by someone mortal. Dave McClain is a good drummer, but very few individuals could match the drumming of a man who recorded "Blood for Blood". I also recall they were entering their “skater” / nu-metal” phase which was a bit irritating at the time and now looks a little desperate given they've decided to go prog-metal.

7 out of 10

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