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Formed: 1993
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Machine Head burst onto the 90's metal scene serving up 80's style thrash with a contemporary sound that some would even venture to call nu-metal. With former Vio-lence bandmember Rob Flynn handling guitars and vocals, Logan Mader on lead guitars, Adam Duce on bass and Chris Kontos on drums, the band released 'Burn My Eyes' to much critical acclaim. The album became a landmark release for the band and that decade in metal.

Machine Head's lineup would see a few members come and go, and eventually Vio-lence's Phil Demmel would end up back with bandmate Rob Flynn after filling in on guitar on tour for a while.

The band followed up 'Burn My Eyes' with solid sophomore release of 'The More Things Change'. 'The Burning Red', the band's third release, took on a decidely more nu-metal feel. Their fourth release, 'Supercharger', took it a step further, seemingly trying to make that sound more accessible to the masses with Rob singing on certain songs and the overall tempo slower and less heavy than previous releases.

In 2002, the band split with US label Roadrunner Records. Eventually, Machine Head and Roadrunner US worked out their differences and 'Through The Ashes of Empires' was released in the US in 2004, almost 6 months after the European release. The album still charted at #88 on Billboard's albums chart, moving more than 11,000 copies in its first week. While not neccessarily a return to form per se, TTAOE had a much heavier and aggessive sound, while still incorporating many elements of the band's sound as it had evolved over the years.

Latest Machine Head News

Below is our complete Machine Head news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Machine Head Unveils "Unhalløwed" Music Video

Bay Area metal titans, Machine Head, will release their tenth album, the immense and unapologetic "Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn," on August 26 via Nuclear Blast x Imperium Recordings. Today, the band release the mammoth new track, "Unhalløwed," along with an accompanying video shot live from the band's Electric Happy Hour series. You can watch the live video below.

Speaking about the new track, Machine Head founder, Robb Flynn shares: "Drowning in the deepest depression of his life, Eros is at a breaking point. Collecting heartaches, loss, and near psychotic isolation, 'Unhalløwed' is the beginning of a powerful shift of our story. An introspective narrative starts the song lyrically, which is a collaborative effort written by myself, guitarist Waclaw 'Vogg' Kieltyka, and bassist/backing vocalist Jared MacEachern and encapsulates the collective strength of this writing team.

"Anchored by an absolutely monstrous groove, the vocals melodically mirror the state of mind of Eros as he reels from the loss of his mother to a drug overdose and begins a slow downward spiral into madness. However, the culmination of the track infuses some much-needed light, but will it be enough?” More...

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The Halo Effect (Ex-In Flames) Premiere New Video

Swedish melodic death metal band The Halo Effect announce an August 12th release for their debut album “Days Of The Lost“. Five current and former members of In Flames are in the supergroup, who have just premiered a new music video for the album’s title track streaming via YouTube now for you below.

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Machine Head Premiere New Single & Music Video

Bay Are thrash metal veterans of Machine Head have set “Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn” as the title to their tenth studio full-length. That album is scheduled for an August 26th release date by Nuclear Blast and Imperium Recordings. A new official music video for their new track “Chøke Øn The Ashes Øf Yøur Hate” has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below.



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Decapitated Premiere New Track “Cancer Culture”

Polish metal band Decapitated's eighth studio full-length “Cancer Culture” will be out on May 27, 2022 through Nuclear Blast. The title track has premiered streaming via YouTube below.

Several guest appearances including members Jinjer on the song “Hello Death” and of Machine Head on “Iconoloclast“ will be featured on the effort.


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The Halo Effect (Ex-In Flames) Premiere New Single

The Halo Effect - featuring five ex-members of In Flames - premiere their second official track. That single is titled “Feel What I Believe” and you can give it a spin via YouTube and Spotify below.

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Once Human Premiere New Single & Music Video

Once Human (ex-Machine Head, etc.) premiere a new single and music video named “Erasure”. That track is taken from their impending new album “Scar Weaver“, which earMUSIC will release on February 11th.

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Vio-lence Premiere First New Material in 29 Years

Vio-lence‘s comeback EP “Let The World Burn” has officially been scheduled for a March 04th release date by Metal Blade. The single and lyric video titled “Flesh From Bone” has recently premiered from it and marks the trash metal veterans' first new music in 29 years.

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Once Human Premiere New Music Video "Cold Arrival"

Once Human (ex-Machine Head, etc.) premiere their new track and music video “Cold Arrival“ taken from the band’s upcoming record “Scar Weaver“, which will be out February 11th via earMUSIC. Thomas Crane directed the clip, which was captured during the group’s tour this past October with Cradle Of Filth and 3TEETH.

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The Halo Effect (Ex-In Flames) Premiere Single

The Halo Effect - the new project featuring five ex-In Flames members - premiere their first single and music video named “Shadowminds“, streaming for you below:

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Once Human (ex-Machine Head, etc.) Premiere Video

Once Human (ex-Machine Head, etc.) premiere their new music video for “Only In Death” off their upcoming studio full-length “Scar Weaver“, due out February 11 via earMUSIC.


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Once Human Premiere New Single & Music Video

Once Human premiered a new official music video for their new track “Deadlock“, taken from their forthcoming outing “Scar Weaver“. Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn guests on this particular song and also in the video streaming for you below.

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Machine Head’s Flynn Guests On New Oceans Single

Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn guests on the recently released single from Oceans titled “Everything I Love Is Broken“. It is off the Oceans‘ new EP, “We Are Not Okay“, which itself has also just seen a release. That outing arrives via Nuclear Blast Records and features several other guests as well.


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Disciples Of Verity (Living Colour) Premiere Video

Disciples Of Verity (Living Colour, God Forbid, etc.) premiere a new official music video for their song “I Am I“.The band’s debut album “Pragmatic Sanction“ is scheduled to drop in 2021. Guest contributions by Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky) and Joe Gareri will be featured on that effort as well.

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James Durbin (Quiet Riot) Premieres Solo Single

Quiet Riot frontman James Durbin premieres his debut solo single "Kings Before You", featuring Fozzy singer Chris Jericho and guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-Lence). The track is taken from his solo project's - named Durbin - debut release "The Beast Awakens ", out in stores on February 12, 2021.

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Machine Head Premiere New Single & Music Video

Machine Head‘s new track “My Hands Are Empty” has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below.

A new official music video for the single was produced as well, with Mike Sloat helming the production. You can watch it below as soon as it has premiered: More...

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Machine Head Posts New Lyric Video Online

Outspoken Bay Area metal giants, Machine Head, have unveiled a seething new lyric video for their song "Bulletproof", that's featured on their recently released 2-song digital single, "Civil Unrest." Watch the clip below.

"Bulletproof" is a clear, defiant statement from vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn and band who don't mince words in their fury about the country's disgraceful climate of corruption, injustice, racism and inequality that has risen during the current administration.

Flynn comments on the song, "The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our World. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day." More...

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Former Machine Head/Crowbar Drummer Passes Away

Tony Costanza, the drummer known for his time with Machine Head, Crowbar and Crisis, has sadly passed away at the age of fifty two. The news was broken by his former Crisis and Debris Inc. bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who posted the following statement on Facebook:

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, bandmate, homeboy and family today.

"Tony Costanza was one of a kind. A man with a huge heart, love and loyalty for the ones close to him. I cannot relate to the reality of loss yet. I know he had a lot of admirers and I was one of the biggest. He would have literally taken a bullet for me. That's the kind of gangster brother he was.

"Tony died in his sleep this morning so I am sure he was at peace and in no pain. I wish his mother all the strength she can muster as she will need every ounce of it. I will be starting a GoFundMe page for her and Tony's funeral expenses. Please help if you knew him and care.

"Please hold your loved ones close as the sense of loss is insurmountable sometimes.

"Tony my friend. I will love you and cherish our memories together, forever. Hope you are in a better place now. Rest in peace."

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn also paid tribute to the drummer: "Just got the news that our original drummer for Machine Head Tony Costanza passed away. Very sad to hear. Tony was involved in about half of the song on burn my eyes in someway or another, and we maintained our friendship throughout all these years. If anybody has any more information, please DM me" More...

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Machine Head Releases New Digital Single

Bay Area metal icons Machine Head have released "Civil Unrest," a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, "Stop The Bleeding" and B-side, "Bulletproof," with the former featuring additional guest vocals from Killswitch Engage frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. They are not for the faint of heart.

The gritty performance video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, CA, with Jesse’s part filmed in Kingston, NY with David Brodsky.

Vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn shares the inspiration behind the release, "I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and, in a fury, wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.

"I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn, Machine Head bass guitar] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums. More...

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BPMD (Overkill, Etc.) Premiere Grand Funk Cover

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head, ex-Dream Theater etc.) premiere a cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “We’re An American Band” as their third single from the supergroup's upcoming debut release, “American Made“, that has been scheduled for a release this Friday, June 12th.

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Machine Head Announces Australian/NZ Tour Dates

American metal veterans Machine Head has announced that they will be embarking on a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand this September. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Aussie, Aussie, Aussie... Oi, Oi, Oi!! Head Cases of Australia / New Zealand! Starting September 12th, join Machine Head for 3 hours of metal mayhem, beers, good times, life-affirming sing-a-longs, and raging circle pits. Building on our wildly popular ‘An Evening With…’ format, these not-to-be-missed Machine Fuckin' Head shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts:

"Part I - will feature a battery of Machine Head’s modern classics, such as ‘Imperium,’ ‘Halo,’ and, ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,’ featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside Vogg (Decapitated) and Matt Alston on guitar and drums.

"Part II - will feature the Bay Area band’s classic debut album, Burn My Eyes played in its entirety for the first time ever with Burn My Eyes-era alumni and Machine Head’s original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist, Logan Mader.

"Come celebrate this momentous occasion with us!!" More...

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