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''The Blackening'' is the sixth album by American heavy metal band Machine Head. Recorded in a period of four months, the writing process began in early 2005, and recording concluded in late 2006, the album was released March 26, 2007. The album's first single, "Aesthetics of Hate", is a retaliation to an article written by William Grim for the conservative web site Iconoclast. Titled "Aesthetics Of Hate: R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott, & Good Riddance", the article praised the murder of musician Dimebag Darrell, while he was performing with the band Damageplan on December 8, 2004. Flynn has said the song was written as a "fuck you" to Grim, and pay tribute to Dimebag. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Metal Performance" at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Released on March 27, 2007 in the U.S., ''The Blackening'' sold 16,000 units in its first week, and became Machine Head's highest charting release at number 54 on the ''Billboard 200'', and charted in the Top 20 throughout many countries in the rest of the world.

The Blackening (Parental Advisory)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 2008-10-28
Duration: 73:35


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Song Title       Time
1Clenching The Fists Of Dissent    10:37
2Beautiful Mourning    04:46
3Aesthetics Of Hate    06:30
4Now I Lay Thee Down    05:35
5Slanderous    05:17
6Halo    09:03
7Wolves    09:01
8A Farewell To Arms    10:13
9Hallowed Be Thy Name    07:28
10Battery    05:05




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