Pearls Before the Swine
Label: Roadrunner Records
One of the first (and best) bands to be labeled as part of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement, Machine Head follow up their critically acclaimed 2007 album The Blackening with this equally legitimate, and loud as all hell, mixture of black and death metal. While it may not be so advisable to open the record with a piece subtitled "Sonata in C#," singer Robb Flynn and guitarist Phil Demmel make up for it with wriggling riffs galore and decidedly hairy vocals. Don't miss "Locust" -- it's like Pantera with pop moves at the chorus, no lie.