Machine Head - Catharsis
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Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1172
January 26, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nuclear Blast / Label
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While there are a small handful of decent songs and riffs on Catharsis, the vast majority is either hilariously edgy nostalgia or simply forgettable.

Consequence of Sound

Catharsis’ 15 tracks prove that, nearly three decades into their career, Robb Flynn and co.’s inflammatory zeal remains intact. Their creative judgement? Not so much.

"Dear god, this parachute is a knapsack!?"

/from Chandler Bing/
i don't know how i endured listen to this album for 75 minutes!
damn machine head,you could have done alot better but you gave us this
As one of my favorite bands of all time, it really hurts to see Machine Head fall like this. It hurts even more to know that they won't recover, what with their breakup and all.

First of all, who thought it was a good idea to go back to nu metal? Why? Bloodstone & Diamonds had a perfected groove/thrash sound that could have so easily be expound upon here. Why did they have to go back to their universally-reviled Burning Red era? But besides the nu metal whinery, this album just sucks in ... read more
It's a tough entry if you're a die hard Machine Head fan. I mean, to me, it's a very mixed bag. There are definitely more lows than highs but some songs are fucking killer, I've got to admit. But the experimentation is rather tedious and quite annoying, even, at times. Fucking nu metal-esque 2001 type bullshit, that sorta stuff. Some of the highlights are listed below:

Beyond the Pale
Screaming At the Sun
Behind A Mask
Heavy Lies the Crown

59/100 - score unchanged.
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Track List

  1. Volatile
  2. Catharsis
  3. Beyond the Pale
  4. California Bleeding
  5. Triple Beam
  6. Kaleidoscope
  7. Bastards
  8. Hope Begets Hope
  9. Screaming at the Sun
  10. Behind a Mask
  11. Heavy Lies the Crown
  12. Psychotic
  13. Grind You Down
  14. Razorblade Smile
  15. Eulogy
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Added on: November 17, 2017