Burn My Eyes

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Burn My Eyes
Studio album by Machine Head
Released July 25, 1994 (July 25, 1994)[1]
Recorded Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal
Length 55:32
Label Roadrunner
Producer Colin Richardson
Machine Head chronology
Burn My Eyes
(1994)
The More Things Change...
(1997)
Singles from Burn My Eyes
  1. "Davidian"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Old"
    Released: 1995

Burn My Eyes is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Machine Head, released in 1994 through Roadrunner Records. The album's themes generally tie into the social disorder and corresponding inner tension that the band was exposed to in their native Oakland, California, reflected in Robb Flynn's lyrics. The album shipped over 400,000 copies worldwide, becoming Roadrunner Records's best selling debut album.[2]

Album information[edit]

The songs make references to some certain well-publicized controversies, such as the 1992 Los Angeles Riots (heard in dialogue on "Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies") and the Waco Siege of 1993 ("Davidian"). Elsewhere, there are tales of physical and mental abuse ("None But My Own", "The Rage To Overcome"), the condemning of profits from religious soliciting ("Death Church"), succumbing to substance abuse ("I'm Your God Now") and aforementioned themes of urban decay, social unrest, rebellion, belligerence, and socio-political commentary.

Stylistically, the album is credited as having bridged the gap between Pantera-style groove and the thrash metal stylings of Slayer's 80's output. Compared to their subsequent releases, it is more raw and aggressive, and the style was resurrected in modified form - the influences of Gothenburg were evident - to on their post-Supercharger output.

The release of this album was followed shortly by numerous tours, which eventually led to drummer Chris Kontos leaving the band, and being replaced after careful consideration by the current drummer Dave McClain.

The album has since became a lasting success. In 1994, it quickly became a Roadrunner Records best seller and was the label's best-selling debut album for a number of years, until the release of Slipknot's 1999 self-titled debut.

Re-release[edit]

On October 31, 2006, Roadrunner Records announced that as part of their 25th Anniversary, they will be re-releasing Burn My Eyes with a bonus CD, which includes previously unreleased tracks and rarities. It was said to be due out on January the 8, 2007 but was then been pushed back to September 2007 so it did not interfere with the release of The Blackening. However, the re-release was in fact cancelled. Robb Flynn reported this on his blog, which is posted on Machinehead1.com

"To the best of our knowledge, the BME re-release that was supposed to have coincided with the 25th anniversary of Roadrunner Records back in 2005 and was then re-scheduled to be released in Oct 2006, has been back-burnered. And as far as we're concerned, that's a good thing. This is the year of The Blackening, and the time frame to re-release it has passed, not to mention that the idea of re-releasing a 13-year old album that we already celebrated with 2 anniversary shows (3 years ago) makes zero sense to us. We were never excited about re-issuing it to begin with, as it was just gonna have a bunch of b-sides, and wouldn't have been nearly as cool some of the other re-issues that had DVDs and all sorts of cool shit... so, as much as some of you may be bummed, know that it's better this way."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[citation needed]
  • Q magazine (11/94, p.115) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a violent, grinding experience, spiked with social comment and spruced up with some brain- tingling guitar..."
  • Kerrang! (p.21) - "Burn My Eyes took the heaviness and speed of thrash and combined it with the sledgehammer grooves of more left-field acts."
  • Kerrang! (p.53) - "[O]ne of the most ferocious and groove-laden behemoths the metal world has, and likely will ever see."

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Robb Flynn, all music composed by Machine Head.

No. Title Length
1. "Davidian"   4:55
2. "Old"   4:05
3. "A Thousand Lies"   6:13
4. "None But My Own"   6:14
5. "The Rage to Overcome"   4:46
6. "Death Church"   6:32
7. "A Nation on Fire"   5:33
8. "Blood for Blood"   3:40
9. "I'm Your God Now"   5:50
10. "Real Eyes. Realize. Real Lies"   2:45
11. "Block"   4:49
Total length:
55:32

Australian tour edition[edit]

The following songs constitute the entirety of the Burn My Eyes Demo.

No. Title Length
1. "Death Church"   6:18
2. "Old"   4:23
3. "The Rage to Overcome"   5:04
4. "A Nation on Fire"   4:46
5. "Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies / Fuck It All"   6:54

Personnel[edit]

Machine Head

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 29
Dutch Albums Chart[4] 45
German Albums Chart[5] 35
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 38
UK Album Chart[7] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Burn My Eyes - Machine Head". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Wiederorn, Jon (May 2007). "Machine Head: Through the Ashes". Revolver Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Machine Head - Burn My Eyes". austriancharts.at. 
  4. ^ "Machine Head - Burn My Eyes". dutchcharts.nl. 
  5. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Machine Head / Longplay" (in German). Musicline.de. 
  6. ^ "Machine Head - Burn My Eyes". swedishcharts.com. 
  7. ^ "Machine Head UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2013.