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Machine Head Call Out Decibel Reviewer After Negative Review Of New Album “Catharsis”


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Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn has been rather vocal about the comparisons their forthcoming new album “Catharsis” has to their divisive 1999 nü metal venture, “The Burning Red“, in recent months. While it may have helped some of the press (and eventually the public at large) brace for what’s to come, the advanced warning wasn’t enough to sway Decibel magazine from giving it a scathing review.

In fact, rather than assigning it a numeric rating, the magazine simply gave it a shrug emoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). The band didn’t appreciate the criticism, taking to social media to vent on it and the reviewer in question (Jeff Treppel) with the below post.

“DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS “CATHARSIS”!
The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called “juvenile”, “stupid”, “endlessly pummeling” and a “Super Collider-level-miss”.

Oh, and hey… FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!

Read the entire review below:

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MACHINE HEAD – CATHARSIS

EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN

Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:

The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to “The Bleeding Red’s” knuckle-dragging simplicity?

The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.

It’s all just so stupid.

As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.

Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a “Super-Collider“-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.

“Catharsis” drops Jan. 26th
#machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead”

While Decibel don’t appear to have directly addressed the criticisms, they did publish this op-ed from Neill Jameson of Krieg, etc. fame that certainly touched on the matter, opening with the following paragraphs:

“Recently a popular metal band publicly made a filled-baby’s-diaper kind of complaint that Decibel had given them a bad review. If you’ve spent your whole career wondering what the quickest way to make people think you’re an asshole, then, eureka—welcome to the internet! I figured this shit out in the ’90s, but I understand if you might have missed it since those really cool cornrows probably took up a lot of your free time.

This isn’t just to dogpile on a man obviously having a difficult time with old age, though. This time-wasting “think piece” is here to consider the concept of reviews and the complicated relationship between reviewers, reviewees (not a word, I guess) and, for lack of a better word, etiquette.”

You can read on about that here. Machine Head‘s “Catharsis” will be in stores on January 26th.

DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS “CATHARSIS”!? The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called “juvenile”, “stupid”, “endlessly pummeling” and a “Super Collider-level-miss”.? ? Oh, and hey… FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!? ? Read the entire review below:? ? ——————? ? MACHINE HEAD – CATHARSIS ? ? EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN? ? Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:? ? The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to “The Bleeding Red’s” knuckle-dragging simplicity? ? ? The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.? ? It’s all just so stupid.? ? As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.? ? Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a “Super-Collider”-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.? ? “Catharsis” drops Jan. 26th? #machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead ? ? What do you think??

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