Written by Alex Stojanovic
Stop The Bleeding (feat. Jesse Leach)
MACHINE HEAD IS:
Robb Flynn - Lead vocals & guitars
Waclaw Kieltyka - Guitars & backing vocals (Not on recordings)
Jared MacEachern - Bass & backing vocals
Matt Alston - Drums (Not on recordings)
Carlos Cruz - Drums (Played on recordings)
Release Date: June 17, 2020
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
When it comes to lyrics, sure, Robb started taking a more simpler approach to his lyric writing, compared to the more thought-provoking, well-structured lyrics from The Blackening and Unto The Locust. The lyrics that are metaphorical, very intelligently written and get you thinking will always be my favourite types of lyrics, but sometimes, you need to accept the fact that simple lyrics drag out the strongest emotions as well, and that's what music has always been about. I do agree on the fact that if the lyrics were just straight-up cussing and bland profanities, then they wouldn't have much substance. If Robb writing about today's big world issues is offensive to you, then what's the point of music? Bands have been singing about political issues for decades, and Machine Head has been doing it since Burn My Eyes. Complaining about it on the internet is not going to do much.
I found the lyrics in "Do Or Die" to be a little more juvenile than the lyrics in these two songs. I found the two songs rather powerful because we're all feeling angry about what's going on right now, and Robb shares the same feelings. "Stop The Bleeding" is the song tackling racism and the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. The riffing is super heavy, the tone is crushing, and it has a really hooky chorus. The track also features guest vocals from Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage. The tracks were recorded before the current Machine Head lineup came to be, and they feature Robb on vocals and guitars, Jared MacEachern on bass, and Carlos Cruz of Warbringer on drums. "Bulletproof" talks about is a little bit slower, and it kind of goes back to Machine Head's older sound. Lyrically, the track talks about many issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sure, Robb can be annoying at times, and he does come across as a little egotistical sometimes, which is off-putting, but he's an artist at the end of the day, so he can do whatever he wants. The best part about it is that he doesn't care whether people will like something or hate something he puts out, which is how it should be.
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