Eight albums in... but have Machine Head still got da riffs? SPOILER: yes. They have.
It’s all change in the Machine Head camp, but despite their eighth album being their first without co-founder and bassist Adam Duce and in turn their first away from Roadrunner Records, ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ is as solid as we’ve come to expect. Tight and sonically devastating, songs like ‘Killers & Kings’ and ‘Beneath The Silt’ pack a ferocious punch that harks back to their more direct and groove-laden days, while opener ‘Now We Die’ and the sprawling ‘Game Over’ show them at their progressive, thrashing best. Even after 20 years in the game, there are still few better. Welcome back, sirs.