Bloodstone & Diamonds

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Bloodstone & Diamonds
Bloodstone & Diamonds album cover.jpg
Studio album by Machine Head
Released November 7, 2014[1]
Recorded Jingletown Studios, CA, 2014 (Additional recording at Top Floor Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2014)
Genre
Length 70:59
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer
Machine Head chronology
Machine Fucking Head Live
(2012)
Bloodstone & Diamonds
(2014)
Catharsis
(2018)
Singles from Bloodstone & Diamonds
  1. "Killers & Kings"
    Released: April 29, 2014[2][3]
  2. "Now We Die"
    Released: September 26, 2014[4]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 96/100 [5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
Blabbermouth.net 9/10[7]
Rock Sound 8/10[8]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[9]

Bloodstone & Diamonds is the eighth full-length studio album by American heavy metal band Machine Head, released by Nuclear Blast on 7 November 2014.[10] This is the first album to feature Jared MacEachern who replaced founding bassist Adam Duce in 2013. Although the album does not feature a title track, the album gets its name from a lyric from the opening track and second single "Now We Die".

Background[edit]

The album was once again mixed by Colin Richardson with additional tracking, editing, and mixing by Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi. All album art was done by Travis Shinn. Bloodstone & Diamonds is the band's first album not to be released on Roadrunner Records.[11]

Lyrics and themes[edit]

Like with previous Machine Head releases, the album's lyrics detail political and social themes, particularly civil unrest, dissatisfaction and injustice, often with violent conclusions. "Night of Long Knives" is not about the Röhm-Putsch, but instead the Manson Family murders in Hollywood in 1969.[citation needed]

"Imaginal Cells" is an instrumental featuring samples from the audiobook Spontaneous Evolution by Dr. Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman.[12]

Reception[edit]

The album was met with universal acclaim by music critics, with Dom Lawson of The Guardian writing "Striking an exquisite balance between brute force, insistent melody and bold experimentation, this is the finest mainstream metal album of 2014 by a huge margin."[9] In the first week of release, the album debuted at #21 in The Billboard 200 chart,[13] becoming the band's highest charting album ever.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Now We Die" Robb Flynn Flynn, Phil Demmel 7:10
2. "Killers & Kings" Flynn Demmel, Flynn 4:32
3. "Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones" Flynn, Demmel, MacEachern Flynn, Demmel, MacEachern, McClain 6:06
4. "Night of Long Knives" Flynn Flynn 6:48
5. "Sail into the Black" Flynn, Demmel Flynn, Demmel, McClain 8:29
6. "Eyes of the Dead" Flynn Flynn 6:25
7. "Beneath the Silt" Flynn Flynn 4:43
8. "In Comes the Flood" Flynn, MacEachern Flynn 7:22
9. "Damage Inside" Flynn McClain 3:24
10. "Game Over" Flynn Flynn, Demmel 6:36
11. "Imaginal Cells" (Instrumental)   Demmel, Flynn 3:36
12. "Take Me Through the Fire" Flynn, Demmel Demmel, Flynn 5:48

Credits[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Rhys Fulber - keyboards & string arrangement (1, 5), percussion (5)
  • Jordan Fish (of Bring Me the Horizon) - keyboards (3, 8, 9), string arrangement (8)
  • Kathryn Marshall, Eugenia Wie, Chad Kaltinger and Vanessa Ruotolo - strings (track 1)
  • Phillip Brezina, Charles Akert and Ivo Bukolic - strings (track 8)

Production[edit]

  • Andy Sneap - tracking, editing
  • Colin Richardson - mixing
  • Juan Urteaga - production, engineering
  • Lee Bothwick - engineering
  • Steve Lagudi - engineering
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Strephon Taylor - design, layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 35
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[18] 39
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 18
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 6
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 27
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 32
Italian Albums (FIMI)[25] 81
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[26] 67
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[27] 99
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[28] 22
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[29] 38
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 31
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 18
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[32] 63
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 18
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[36] 1
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[37] 3
US Billboard 200[38] 21
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[39] 19
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[40] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[42] 4
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[43] 10

References[edit]

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