Machine Head first made waves in metal with their debut album, 1994’s Burn My Eyes. However, the band started to lose their thrash edge with each following album, until they went completely nu metal with 1999’s The Burning Red. 2001’s Supercharger, though, saw Machine Head try even harder to win over mainstream metal during a time when rap metal was already on the way out. The album proved to be such a disaster that Roadrunner Records even dropped the band for a short time (only to resign them not too long after). On the plus side, the failure of Supercharger made Machine Head refocus on writing music they actually wanted to make. And thus came 2003’s Through The Ashes Of Empires, which gave way to the Machine Head we know and love today.