Four years and countless tours after the release of the 2007 behemoth that was 'The Blackening', Machine Head return to set the bar for modern metal, and they've set it incredibly high. Unto the Locust is once again a monster of an album containing all the signature Machine Head elements while introduce some new ones and exploring a number of new techniques. You can expect to hear groove driven riffs, massive hooks, crowd sing-a-long anthems and punishing riffs, solos and drum grooves.
The opening song 'I Am Hell' is an ambitious 9 minute, three part song sets the tone for the whole album. Every song on this album is very distinguishable, each with its own character and feel. The intro riff of the second track, 'Be Still and Known' is reminiscent of the melodic hook in 'Now I Lay Thee Down' and is a comforting experience. In comparison the intro section of 'Darkness Within' proves Machine Head's ability to move outside their comfort zone and explore other genres and succesfully incorporate them into their own style.
The album not only exceeds in the musicality side but also lyrically. The lyrical themes on the album are clear and easy to connect to with simple but hugely catchy choruses. Expect to hear the chorus from Locust being sung loud and proud on Machine Heads up and coming tour!