As the story of Oakland's metal heroes Machine Head goes, they made two landmark albums in modern metal (Burn My Eyes in 1994 and The More Things Change... in 1997). Then they made two lame ones (The Burning Red in 1999 and Supercharger in 2001), before making a huge comeback and putting out two more landmarks in modern metal (Through The Ashes Of Empires in 2003 and The Blackening in 2007).
I must admit I too have been known to rip into The Burning Red and Supercharger once or twice. And make no mistake, they were two albums where Machine Head completely gave up on their principles and made music designed specifically to be successful in a commercial context. This was Machine Head following trends and trying to make hit singles, not Machine Head waving the Bay Area thrash flag.
Hiring producers like Ross Robinson (who at the time was mostly known for his works with Korn and Limp Bizkit) and Johnny K (Staind, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed) only seemed to solidify this.
But in hindsight, these two albums most definitely contain gems. Twelve of them, to be exact. The highs are very high, but the lows are really fucking low. So I took it upon myself to combine the best tracks from both albums, and the result? The Burning Supercharger, of course. Forgive me for not thinking of a wittier title, but I'm not very clever.
The main criticism when The Burning Red was released was the Police cover Message In A Bottle, as well as Desire To Fire and From This Day, the two songs with rapping on them. Rightfully so, all three of them are fucking horrid.
They went out the window, and were replaced by the best Supercharger tracks: Bulldozer, Trephination and Deafening Silence. Apart from switching around I Defy and Devil With The King's Card, I didn't even alter the order of the songs.
All I did was place the three Supercharger songs in the places of the removed Burning Red songs, and it worked like a fucking charm. Like an actual, properly sequenced album. I can't believe this is all it took to make these two despised albums cohesive and listenable.
Just download this zip of The Burning Supercharger, and you'll see for yourself. With the rubbish left out, this is some seriously fucking rocking shit. Just as good as any other Machine Head album.
1. Enter the phoenix (intro)
3. Nothing left
4. The blood, the sweat, the tears
7. Exhale the vile
8. Deafening silence
9. I defy
10. Devil with the king's card
12. The burning red
(zip) The Burning Supercharger
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