YMMV / Machine Head

  • Broken Base: Reactions to The Burning Red and Supercharger are pretty split depending on who you ask in the fanbase. Some fans like them, others won't even acknowledge they exist.
  • Dork Age: Their shift to Nu Metal on The Burning Red and Supercharger was very poorly received and caused massive damage to the band's reputation.
  • Epic Riff: One of their main strengths, with "Davidian" being the standout example.
  • First Installment Wins: Burn My Eyes, the band's first album, is their best-known and best-liked work. For an example on that album, "Davidian," the first track, is usually considered the band's best song, to the extent that even people who hate the band express admiration for it.
  • Narm: Parts of the "Locust" video end up like this. Particularly Robb releasing Locusts from his...mouth?
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: As stated before, The Burning Red's Nu Metal influences.
  • Too Soon: The music video "Crashing Around You" featured falling buildings, which would have been fine had the video not been released shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (the video was conceived and shot months before the attacks). The video was banned by MTV, which caused Roadrunner Records to drop Machine Head from their label. The band later rejoined the label after every label but Roadrunner rejected their album Through the Ashes of Empires.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Blackening, big time. Through the Ashes of Empires was also considered that, but the former managed to outshine it both in terms of critical reception and sales.