The Burning Red

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The Burning Red
Studio album by Machine Head
Released August 10, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999 at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California
Genre Nu metal, rap metal, groove metal
Length 50:00
Label Roadrunner
Producer Ross Robinson
Machine Head chronology
The More Things Change...
The Burning Red
Singles from The Burning Red
  1. "From This Day"
    Released: October 31, 1999
  2. "Silver"
    Released: January 22, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Burning Red is the third album by American heavy metal band Machine Head. It is the band's second best selling album in the United States, selling as many copies in three years as Burn My Eyes sold in almost eight years (1994–2002).[2] The album has sold over 134,000 copies in the United States[3] and it was certified Silver in 2011 by the BPI for sales of 60,000 in the UK.[4]

Musical style[edit]

Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader quit the band in 1998 following the recording of their album The More Things Change... and was replaced by Ahrue Luster. With the recording of The Burning Red, the band added new elements to its music, including rapping vocals, a move which some believe to have been influenced by Ahrue Luster himself.[5] McClain stated they weren't trying to sound like popular bands but "wanted to sound different".[5] This sound, as featured on songs like "From This Day" and "Desire To Fire", was described by critics as nu metal, although the album still retained the band's previous groove metal sound in other tracks.


The Burning Red was well received by critics and sold well, but the band's change in image/musical direction was highly criticized, with critics and fans alike accusing the band of "selling out".[5] However, Rick Anderson of Allmusic was among those who praised the album, stating Machine Head was "sounding a bit looser and less constricted musically than they have in the past".[6] The Burning Red became Machine Head's top selling album for a number of years, and debuted at number 88 on the Billboard 200.[7][8] The album won the hearts of many new fans with such hits as "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears" and "From This Day".

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Enter the Phoenix"   0:53
2. "Desire to Fire"   4:49
3. "Nothing Left" (music: Flynn/McClain*) 4:05
4. "The Blood, the Sweat, the Tears" (music: Luster/Flynn*) 4:11
5. "Silver"   3:52
6. "From This Day" (music: Flynn/McClain/Luster*) 3:56
7. "Exhale the Vile"   4:57
8. "Message in a Bottle" (The Police cover; written by Sting) 3:32
9. "Devil With the King's Card"   4:05
10. "House of Suffering" (Bad Brains cover) 2:10
11. "Alcoholocaust"   3:46
12. "I Defy"   3:42
13. "Five"   5:18
14. "The Burning Red"   6:44
Total length:
  • *Writing Credits according to Hellalive liner notes


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[9] 30
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[11] 35
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 35
Finnish Albums Chart[13] 12
French Albums Chart[14] 55
German Albums Chart[15] 15
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 47
Norwegian Albums Chart[17] 35
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 17
UK Album Chart[19] 13
The Billboard 200[20] 88


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