Machine Drum are probably sitting in a cabin with a bunch of weird staffs urging me to do the right thing right now, so I can safely say their newest record, 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' continues their never-ending thrash metal journeying. With lots of truly \m/ motifs -- "amulets", "evil", all that good stuff -- the record continues their no frills, totally aggressive assault on hearts and minds. And ears.
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7/10 gbar Customer review, 4th March 2017
As an individual album, this stands high and mighty all by itself though it does fall somewhat short of Locust and The Blackening. It suffers quite some bit from length problems, as these songs would be much more bearable with lengths of about 2/3 what they are. We don't need all of this padding just to make this album feel "epic" the atmosphere of the songs themselves does that. Some of the cheesier choruses could also be ironed out and given a reworking as something rougher and less awkward. With those removed, I'm certain this would be an album on par with Unto the Locust.
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