The More Things Change...

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The More Things Change...
Machine Head - The More Things Change....jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)[1]
StudioThe Plant in Sausalito, California; Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco
Genre
Length52:42
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerColin Richardson
Machine Head chronology
Burn My Eyes
(1994)
The More Things Change...
(1997)
The Burning Red
(1999)
Singles from The More Things Change...
  1. "Ten Ton Hammer"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Take My Scars"
    Released: November 24, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
NME1/10[2]
Select2/5[3]

The More Things Change... is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Machine Head, released on March 26, 1997 through Roadrunner Records. It is the band's last release to feature original lead guitarist Logan Mader, and the first to feature drummer Dave McClain. The album's title alludes to the first part of the phrase, "The more things change, the more they stay the same"; the same phrase is mentioned during the chorus of "Struck a Nerve". The More Things Change... reached #138 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1997,[4] and as of 2002 had sold over 115,000 copies in the United States.[5] In 2020, it was named one of the 20 best metal albums of 1997 by Metal Hammer magazine.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLength
1."Ten Ton Hammer"4:14
2."Take My Scars"4:19
3."Struck a Nerve"3:33
4."Down to None"5:28
5."The Frontlines"5:51
6."Spine"6:37
7."Bay of Pigs"3:46
8."Violate"7:19
9."Blistering"4:58
10."Blood of the Zodiac"6:37
Total length:52:42
Digipak edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."The Possibility of Life's Destruction" (Discharge cover)1:31
12."My Misery"4:42
13."Colors" (Ice-T cover)4:39
Japanese edition enhanced CD
No.TitleLength
1."Ten Ton Hammer" (music video)4:28

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[7] 30
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 24
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[9] 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[10] 20
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 22
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 13
French Albums Chart[13] 21
German Albums Chart[14] 22
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 44
Norwegian Albums Chart[16] 15
Swedish Albums Chart[17] 17
UK Album Chart[18] 16
Billboard 200[19] 138

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The More Things Change - Machine Head". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  2. ^ Beaumont, Mark (12 April 1997). "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (April 1997). "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." Select: 110. Retrieved 2 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The More Things Change - Machine Head | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  5. ^ "Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan". Blabbermouth. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  6. ^ "The Top 20 best metal albums of 1997". Metal Hammer. Future plc. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." australian-charts.com.
  8. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." austriancharts.at.
  9. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." ultratop.be.
  10. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." ultratop.be.
  11. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." dutchcharts.nl.
  12. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." finnishcharts.com.
  13. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." lescharts.com.
  14. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Machine Head / Longplay" (in German). Musicline.de.
  15. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." charts.nz.
  16. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." norwegiancharts.com.
  17. ^ "Machine Head - The More Things Change..." swedishcharts.com.
  18. ^ "Machine Head UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "The More Things Change - Machine Head". Billboard.

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