Sound — 10
The band's best album since Burn My Eyes. No question about it, this is some heavy stuff! Whilst there are some so-so tracks (Wipe The Tears comes to mind) the majority of the CD is mindblowing. Imperium starts off with a calm steady tempo then goes into a bulldozing flurry of metal and smashes your face off. Left Unfinished is Robb Flynn at his most personal, as the song is about his life and his adoption as a child. Descend the Shades of Night is an 'eight minute lamentation on death' as Robb calls it. Starting off with acoustic, it makes you think 'Hey, you call this Machine Head?' then it goes to the heavier riffs and an awesome guitar solo that makes anything by Megadeth look like yesterdays news. However, on the American release there is another track on the album called 'Seasons Wither', the best track on the CD. Now this is what its about, amazing riff, heavier than a Ten Ton Hammer (pardon the pun) and an awesome solo to boot. It was the last track written so its probably what we're going to get from the next Machine Head album, which is no bad thing at all!
Lyrics — 8
Lyricly the record is sound. Left Unfinished is about Robb Flynn's adoption as a child and his hate for his biological parents, Days Turn Blue to Gray is about an abusive father (based on some people the band knows, apparently), In the Prescence of my Enemies is 'about hating you enemies til the day they're dead and buried' and Descend the Shades of Night, well, its about death. But it blows away 99% of all the othe rmetal records out there. Robb Flynn's voice is as brutal as ever, screaming like mad, but also with some rather melodic singing this time round, not unlike The Burning Red. Top notch stuff lyrically.
Overall Impression — 10
Imperium, Days Turn Blue to Gray, Seasopns Wither and Descend The Shades Of Night are easily the best tracks on this record. Seasons Wither is one of the heaviest and most aurally pleasing of the bunch, whilst Descend The Shades Of Night is more melodic but just as good. Imperium is the one that'll be played the most, as it's impossible to describe, the only way to describe Imperium is 'That f--king awesome Machine Head track'. It's so good its in a league of its own.