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Machine Head Call Out Reviewer After Devastating Review Of Upcoming New Album “Catharsis”

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Decibel magazine has given Machine Head's new effort "Catharsis" a devastating review. Reviewer Jeff Treppel even gave the release a shrug emoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), rather than assigning it a numeric rating. Looks like Machine Head didn’t exactly appreciate the judgement, taking to Instagram to vent on it and the reviewer in question.


“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”

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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In an op-ed from Neill Jameson (Krieg), Decibel - indirectly - responds to the matter:

"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."

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1. Albert writes:

Yes whole album is crap

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RememberMetal? writes:

Shame. They were on something of a roll. A solid 15 years of consistently good and occasionally great albums.

On the other hand: (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) as a review... while funny at first blush is pretty lame. It might have been warranted as a "second opinion" type review.

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 8:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hellrat writes:

hahahahahaha, fvcking classic!

Poor bobby, that really seemed to scald his delicate, wanna be pop-tart feelers real good

shameless, sniveling fvcking cvnt :)

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Drum_Junkie writes:

Rob's going to start looking pretty 'presidential' if he let's more bad reviews get under his thin skin like this. I'm sure Decibel's 'meh' review will not be the last if they are trying to revisit their less popular work. I'm not sure they can blame it on the record company after the fact like they did with SuperCharger.

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

^haha, right?? the dude has got to be one of the biggest pvssies out there

his latest creative "pride and joy" gets fvcking brutally disparaged in print, and all he can sputter out is "buh-buh-but, well... f*** you man!" Whilst he meanwhile interjects his bullsh!t "insight" onto subjects that have NOTHING to do with his punk asss (anselmo, Vegas shooting), frothing excessively in hollow self righteous pride at utterly transparent attempts to increase his politically correct, social justice warrior appeal to whomever is fvcking stupid enough to fall for such garbage

and how is the George Michael-esque white leather collar grab in the promo photo? ;)

hahahaha, FVCK YOU bobby, ya spineless, blithering fvcking CVNT :)

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 5:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Flynn writes:

Who the f*** is this ashole

# Jan 4, 2018 @ 8:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

^haha, fvckin Cvnt :)

# Jan 5, 2018 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Keep it Coming \m/!! writes:

I think this review is really premature. The stuff that machine head put out during the burning red erra was really unique and caught my attention. I feel like the newer stuff has just been a 7-13 minute per song epitaph going nowhere. Going back to the roots and channeling the energy that was machine head needed to happen. I loved the rap and metal genre they created and hope they can grow from it. People really like to keep bands to the statue of their preference, so if they experiment with anything different from their "original" sound it's considered blasphemy. Keep on pissing people off, I can't wait to hear your new stuff without bias and so much judgement \m/!!

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