February 28, 2011, posted by Crumbs
"The Burning Red", the third album by the San Francisco Bay Area metal band MACHINE HEAD, was certified silver by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) on February 25, 2011 for sales in excess of 60,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
Released in 1999, "The Burning Red" included the singles "From This Day" and "Silver". The band chose the CD title, and particularly the color red, as a metaphor for the music on the album. "Typically, the color red represents a lot of things, like blood, death, and on the other side, it can represent like love and beauty and lust," former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster said in an interview that was published shortly after the LP's release. "We thought that this record had a lot of contrast to it because it has things that are really heavy going into things that are really beautiful and melodic. The color red is like a metaphor for the record. 'The burning red' just means that it is just that intensified."
MACHINE HEAD's work on the album did not go unnoticed by the press. Don Kaye wrote in Metal Edge, "On 'The Burning Red', the band seems to have found the perfect balance of musicality, aggression, experimentation, and songcraft, melding an abundance of styles into a seamless whole that is MACHINE HEAD's heaviest, yet most accessible, work to date."
"I think that on this one, we went for it a lot harder and didn't hold anything back," MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn told Blistering.com. "We tried to challenge ourselves and tried to go places that we hadn't been and other places that other bands were not going."
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