Supercharger (album)

Studio album by Machine Head
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded Indigo Ranch Studios
Genre Nu metal[1]
Length 56:30
74:05 (Digipak)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Johnny K
Machine Head chronology
The Burning Red
Singles from Supercharger
  1. "Crashing Around You"
    Released: September 2001
Professional ratings
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Supercharger is the fourth album by the heavy metal band Machine Head. The release was ill-timed, and, as a result of little promotion, fell far short of the success of The Burning Red, which has sold about 134,000 copies in the US to date. Supercharger has sold about 45,000 copies in the US to date, making it a commercial failure.

Album information

Supercharger was released in October, 2001, just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The lead (and only) single "Crashing Around You", was pulled from MTV and rock radio just as soon as it was added despite being the "most added" track in the United States. The pull was a result of the metaphorical "crashing" lyric in the song and the burning San Francisco skyline in the video.

Machine Head's support tour for the album was done without help from their label Roadrunner Records, and after the release of Hellalive to fulfill their contract, led the band to a two-year hiatus from the label's American branch.

With The Burning Red, the band changed their sound to nu metal. Supercharger was darker and heavier than The Burning Red, but lacked as much groove metal sound as Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change.... Two years later, the band would release Through the Ashes of Empires and return to their groove metal roots.

The album was released in standard and digipak editions, the latter of which contains four previously released bonus tracks.

Track listing

All tracks written by Machine Head except as noted below. 

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Declaration"     1:11
2. "Bulldozer"  Robert FlynnFlynn 4:35
3. "White-Knuckle Blackout!"  Flynn, Adam DuceFlynn, Ahrue Luster 3:15
4. "Crashing Around You"  FlynnFlynn 3:14
5. "Kick You When You're Down"  FlynnFlynn, Luster 4:01
6. "Only The Names"  FlynnFlynn 6:08
7. "All In Your Head"  FlynnFlynn, Luster 4:06
8. "American High"  FlynnFlynn, Dave McClain 3:48
9. "Brown Acid"     0:59
10. "Nausea"  Flynn, DuceFlynn, McClain, Luster 4:24
11. "Blank Generation"  FlynnFlynn, Luster 6:38
12. "Trephination"  FlynnFlynn, McClain, Luster 4:59
13. "Deafening Silence"  FlynnFlynn, Luster 5:33
14. "Supercharger"  Flynn, DuceFlynn, McClain 3:48
Total length:

The bonus track on several editions of Supercharger, "Hole In The Sky", originally appeared on Nativity in Black II. The two live tracks on the 18 track digipak were recorded on September 15, 1999 at Webster Hall, Hartford, Connecticut. These live tracks were previously released on Year of the Dragon.


Machine Head
Technical Personnel
Hole In The Sky
Live tracks

Chart positions

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[5] 24
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 33
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[7] 46
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 88
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 25
French Albums Chart[10] 35
German Albums Chart[11] 25
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 42
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 82
UK Album Chart[14] 34
The Billboard 200[15] 115


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