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A short orchestral arrangement greets the listener with a deceivingly somber tone inviting them into the realm of Bloodstone & Diamonds. Seconds later, the newest Machine Head record comes galloping out of the gates with an unbridled fury and a vengeance, as Rob Flynn belts out the first lines of disc opener, “Now We Die.” From here the listener is thrust headfirst into the album’s lead single which chugs along at varying tempos, barreling over everything in its path, leaving behind a glorious wake of destruction that I feel is one of the best metal moments of the year.