The special edition of "The Blackening", MACHINE HEAD's Grammy-nominated masterwork, has landed on the chart of the Australian electronics and music retailer JB Hi-Fi at position No. 20. The original version of the album entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 14 back in March 2007.
MACHINE HEAD's video for the band's cover of IRON MAIDEN's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat and is included on the special edition of "The Blackening", which was released in North America on October 28, 2008 via Roadrunner Records.
Hailed unanimously as the best metal album of 2007 by journalists, metal radio stations and fans alike, "The Blackening" earned a Grammy nomination for the fan-favorite track, "Aesthetics of Hate" and all the while MACHINE HEAD continue to earn "the hardest working band" title with over 19 months on the road in support of "The Blackening" (with five U.S. tours alone) and no signs of stopping soon.
"The Blackening Special Edition" is two-disc CD/DVD set that will feature an assortment of extras, including rare bonus tracks such as covers of IRON MAIDEN's "Hallowed Be Thy Name", over an hour of live performance footage from With Full Force, Download and Rock in Rio festivals, three uncensored music videos for "Aesthetics of Hate", "Now I Lay Thee Down" and "Halo", a "making-of" featurette on each video, "The Making of The Blackening" and expanded artwork. There's also what many hardcore fans have been rabidly waiting for: four never-before-seen performances of MACHINE HEAD celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Burn My Eyes", captured in Philadelphia in 2004. This special edition is a must have for any fan of this Bay Area band that is steadily carving out "legendary status" for itself within the metal scene.
MACHINE HEAD spent the summer headlining the second stage of the first annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and the band will cap off two extremely successful years as direct support on METALLICA's U.S. headline tour in December 2008 and January 2009. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was quoted in Revolver as saying, "'The Blackening' [is] unbelievable. Unbelievable sound and power. It sounds like a band on fire. They have really turned it on again for me."
"The Blackening" U.S. Special Edition 2-Disc CD/DVD
CD - The Blackening + Bonus Tracks
01. Clenching The Fists of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics Of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
08. A Farewell To Arms
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name [IRON MAIDEN cover] *
10. Battery [METALLICA cover] *
* Bonus Track
DVD - Live Performances & Videos
* Clenching The Fists Of Dissent (With Full Force 2008)
* Now I Lay Thee Down (With Full Force 2008)
* Halo (With Full Force 2008)
* Aesthetics Of Hate (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Davidian (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Imperium (Download 2007)
* Old (Download 2007)
* A Thousand Lies (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* The Rage To Overcome (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Death Church (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Blood For Blood (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
Uncensored & Unedited Music Videos:
* Now I Lay Thee Down
* Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of Halo
* The Making of Now I Lay Thee Down
* The Making of Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of The Blackening
(Details of the European version of the special edition of "The Blackening", which will be available on October 27, can be found here.)
"Hallowed Be Thy Name":