April 26, 2014 by Dan Swinhoe
Machine Head – Killers & Kings/ Our Darkest Days + Bleeding
Record Store Day didn’t have a massive list of exciting Rock/Metal releases this year. The most newsorthy was probably Killers & Kings from Bay Area Metallers Machine Head. The debut track from their new album and first since they switched bassist Adam Duce for Sanctity’s Jared MacEachern, it picks up from where previous album Unto the Locust finished. Intricate neo-classical inspired shredding, harmonics, breakdowns and plenty of singalong moments. There’s nothing on show that the band haven’t shown before, but it’s still enjoyable and bodes well for the album proper.
The B-side, a cover of Ignite’s Our Darkest Days + Bleeding, is pretty faithful to the original but with an extra bite thanks to Robb Flynn’s barking vocals. If you like melodic punk then this will be right up your street.
Clutch – Run, John Barleycorn, Run
Clutch’s split with Lionize was the other big release for me, but so far the only version online is a low-quality upload on Youtube of the former’s ‘Run, John Barleycorn, Run’. Not quite as enjoyable as their previous RSD release, ‘Pigtown Blues,’ its Blue-rock sound mixes the power of last year’s Earth Rocker with the ZZ Top groove of their ‘Strange Cousins From The West’ release. Not a bad song by any means.