Bloodstone & Diamonds is the eighth full-length studio album by American heavy metal band Machine Head, released by Nuclear Blast on 7 November 2014. This is the first album to feature Jared MacEachern who replaced founding bassist Adam Duce in 2013. Although the album does not feature a title track, the album gets its name from a lyric from the opening track and second single "Now We Die".
MACHINE HEAD - BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS There you have it. The new album title in all its glory my friends. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album. It's been a heck of a ride. It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You're going to love it Head Cases.
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will release their new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", in November via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was recorded in part at GREEN DAY's JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California. Says MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn: "I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album. It's been a heck of a ride
Machine Head (3). Bloodstone & Diamonds (2xLP, Album, 180). Nuclear Blast Entertainment, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Also, this is the first album with Jared Maceachern replacing original member Adam Duce. The two opening tracks were already released (or officially leaked as they somehow seem to call it these days). Now We Die" is one of my favourite tracks of the album. It is heavy, beautiful, touching and energetic all at once. The second track "Killers and Kings" is mainly just a killer heavy track.
It's been three years since Machine Head released Unto the Locust, widely considered the mainstream metal album of 2011. That was no small feat: four years earlier it had been preceded by 2007's The Blackening, which is arguably regarded as their magnum opus. Bloodstone & Diamonds is the first MH offering without founding bassist Adam Duce; he has been replaced by former Sanctity guitarist Jared MacEachern. In keeping with the restless musical vision of MH, this set is wildly ambitious.
If you expected anything less than quality from Machine Head, then perhaps this needs to be your reminder on the power of this band. Chances are, it’s not going to be a bad album, so you have to wonder what you could possibly say about it. Luckily, Machine Head, as consistent as they have been, have also been able to always give us a little something new to chew on every once in a while. So now, let’s take a belated look at their newest release, Bloodstone & Diamonds.