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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 Announces North American Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area metal titans Machine Head have announced the second leg of their North American tour in support of their new album, "Catharsis." The upcoming dates also include the six rescheduled dates from the first leg were vocalist Robb Flynn contracted a severe viral bronchitis lung infection that lasted for seven weeks. The band will once again will be giving fans "an evening with” Machine Head, playing over 2 1/2 hours of classic and new material.

Flynn comments: "We’re really stoked to be hitting the road in the states and our cannabis legalizing brothers up in Canada again. After the first tour in support of Catharsis hitting typical Machine Head strongholds like Chicago, Denver and Oakland, we’ve been really looking forward to doing a 2nd North American run that hits all the nooks and crannies of America, places that a lot of time get left off a traditional tour routing as they are smaller markets, and maybe route way off the the main highways that run through the states. More...

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Machine Head‘s “Catharsis” Opens At #65 On Charts

Machine Head‘s polarizing new release “Catharsis” has opened at #65 on the Billboard 200. The album shifted roughly 9.000 units in the United States during its first week of release, down from the 18.200 sold units its predecessor “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (2014 ) did during its first week. Notably as Machine Head themselves claim below, the effort has performed admirably internationally: More...

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Ex-Machine Head Bassist Adam Duce Slams The Band

Frictions between ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce and his former band mates don’t appear to have eased with the passing of time. After a fan recently stated that she missed him being in the group via Facebook, Adam Duce took to flaming the band. You can see a screenshot of that below.

As for the new band outfit mentioned in the post, see the above picture taken from Machine Head’s current headlining tour. Duce previously sued the group for 1.8 million after being ousted from the band in a case that was settled in 2014.

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Machine Head Premiere New Song

Machine Head premiere another track from their impending new album, “Catharsis“. Below you can stream the song “Volatile” from the effort ahead of its official release today, January 26th.

Machine Head have dedicated the track to Heather D. Heyer, who was killed during the Charlottesville, VA white supremacists protests in August 2017.

The band's ‘s North American tour kicked off yesterday, January 25th, with dates available below: More...

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Machine Head Debut New Song “Bastards”

Machine Head debut the studio version of their new track “Bastards“. Take it in below ahead of the January 26th release of the band’s new effort “Catharsis“. As previously reported, frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn wrote the song after a conversation with his sons following Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election.

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Machine Head Call Out Reviewer Via Instagram

Decibel magazine has given Machine Head's new effort "Catharsis" a devastating review. Reviewer Jeff Treppel even gave the release a shrug emoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), rather than assigning it a numeric rating. Looks like Machine Head didn’t exactly appreciate the judgement, taking to Instagram to vent on it and the reviewer in question.


“DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS “CATHARSIS”!
The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called “juvenile”, “stupid”, “endlessly pummeling” and a “Super Collider-level-miss”.

Oh, and hey… FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!

Read the entire review below:

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MACHINE HEAD – CATHARSIS

EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN

Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:

The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to “The Bleeding Red’s” knuckle-dragging simplicity?

The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.

It’s all just so stupid.

As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.

Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a “Super-Collider“-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.

“Catharsis” drops Jan. 26th
#machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead”

DECIBEL MAGAZINE SLAMS "CATHARSIS"!? The former-Decibel cover stars new album gets called "juvenile", "stupid", "endlessly pummeling" and a "Super Collider-level-miss".? ? Oh, and hey... FUCK YOU Jeff Treppel!!? ? Read the entire review below:? ? ------------------? ? MACHINE HEAD - CATHARSIS ? ? EVERYTHING OLD IS NÜ AGAIN? ? Let’s just tear off this Band-Aid:? ? The new Machine Head is a 74-minute rap metal album with a song that sounds like the Dropkick Murphys in the middle. Maybe Robb Flynn really misses the late 90’s (although, let’s be honest who doesn’t these days)? Maybe, after a decade of ridiculously great progressive groove metal records, Flynn decided to blow off some steam by going back to "The Bleeding Red’s" knuckle-dragging simplicity? ? ? The frustrating thing about Catharsis is that Machine Head are great even when they’re making bad music. The Soulfly tribal breakdowns on “Volatile,” the drop tuning on “Beyond The Pale,” the whiteboy hip-hop of “Triple Beam” (nothing more “street” than gymnastics metaphors), the anti-gentrification screed “California Bleeding” –they’re effective in the same primal way that the best Rage Against The Machine and Korn hits were back in the day. None of it feels half-assed; these are clearly well-crafted songs.? ? It’s all just so stupid.? ? As intermittently satisfying as the nu-metal approach may be, Flynn and his bandmates have proven themselves more than capable of expressing their rage articulately. This feels juvenile from dudes pushing 50. There are certainly some interesting parts mixed in; unfortunately, with 15 songs, any nuances get lost in the endless pummeling.? ? Frankly, I’m baffled. This is a "Super-Collider"-level miss from a band that seemed to have ditched this phase long ago.? ? "Catharsis" drops Jan. 26th? #machinehead #catharsis #spreadthehead ? ? What do you think??

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In an op-ed from Neill Jameson (Krieg), Decibel - indirectly - responds to the matter: More...

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Machine Head Premiere "Ten Ton Hammer" Live Video

Machine Head premiere the below live performance clip of “Ten Ton Hammer” which was shot during a 2015 show at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA back in 2015. That particular full live set will be featured on the bonus DVD featured in the CD/DVD digipak edition of the band’s upcoming new release, “Catharsis“, out in stores on January 26th on Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

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Machine Head Premiere New Music Video “Catharsis”

Machine Head premiere an official music video for the title track to their upcoming new album, “Catharsis“. If you missed it, a behind the scenes look at the video was previously released here. The album is set for a January 26th release date.

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Machine Head Post Making Of "Catharsis" Video

Machine Head share the below behind the scenes look at the shoot for their “Catharsis” music video. The full video will arrive online later today, December 07th, at 9:00pm PST/12:00 am EST. The song is the title track of their upcoming album, out January 26th.

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Machine Head Premiere "Now We Die" Live Video

Machine Head share a live video for the song “Now We Die“. The footage was captured at a show the band performed at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA back in 2015. More video footage from that show will be included on a bonus DVD featured with the CD/DVD digipak edition of the band’s new release, “Catharsis“, which is out in stores January 26th.

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Did Machine Head Steal A Strapping Young Lad Riff?

The social media "riff police" has taken to calling out Machine Head's Robb Flynn for allegedly stealing a riff off of Strapping Young Lad‘s track “Love?” in their newly released single, “Beyond The Pale“. Check out both tracks below, and read Townsend and Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn's discussion on the matter.


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Machine Head Posts New Song Online

American metal veterans Machine Head has posted a new song online entitled, "Beyond The Pale," which is available to listen to below. The song comes from their forthcoming new album, "Catharsis" which will be released through Nuclear Blast on January 26th and will feature fifteen new tracks. The record was produced by frontman Robb Flynn, who said about the album:

"I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to... now more than ever. A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to 'brutal poetry' or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand plan, there was no 'plan.' You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record... you just write... but I tell ya what... we ended up with a landmark here.

"Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time... we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. 'Catharsis' could really elevate our genre."

The tracklisting for "Catharsis" is as follows:

1. Volatile
2. Catharsis
3. Beyond The Pale
4. California Bleeding
5. Triple Beam
6. Kaleidoscope
7. Bastards
8. Hope Begets Hope
9. Screaming At The Sun
10. Behind A Mask
11. Heavy Lies The Crown
12. Psychotic
13. Grind You Down
14. Razorblade Smile
15. Eulogy More...

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Machine Head Teases New Track

Machine Head has posted a new video update from the band's latest round of recording sessions at Sharkbite Studios with Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation), and plays a snippet of a new track. You can find that by skipping ahead to about 30 minutes in the player below. In addition to discussing the new material the band is also partaking in a fan Q&A.

Check it out below.

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Once Human Teases New Song & Video

California's Once Human - featuring ex-Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader - teases a new song and music video for a new song, which will be featured on the new album "Evolution" due out on January 20th via earMusic.

Along with the album teaser the band shares also the cover art (done by Seth Siro Anton of Septic Flesh) and track listing for the effort: More...

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Machine Head Releasing New Single

Bay Area metal titans Machine Head will release a new single entitled "Is There Anybody Out There?" on June 3rd.

"The song is about love, loneliness, racism, and not getting what is going on in the world/America," comments guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn. "It's very much about current events, but applies to a bigger picture."

New single "Is There Anybody Out There?" will be made available digitally for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all streaming services. Today, the track made its exclusive premiere via SiriusXM Radio's "Octane" Channel 37. More...

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Machine Head Reschedules Canceled Shows

Machine Head is currently touring Europe, but unfortunately the band had to cancel a batch of shows due to frontman Robb Flynn suffering from an infection. The group has now announced the rescheduled dates for these shows.

Commented Flynn: "The good news is that all of the cancelled shows have been rescheduled to mid-March after the UK dates, and amazingly, there was an avail in Paris when we looked, so we took it with a quickness very quickly.

"I realize this has been disappointing for many of you, (travel plans, timing, etc) please know that no one has been more disappointed about this than me. We thank you for your understanding and patience during the extremely frustrating time, we will make it up to you Head Cases!!”

The rescheduled dates are as follows:

15-Mar Luxembourg - Den Atelier (LU)
16-Mar Paris - Cabaret Sauvage (F)
18-Mar Reims - Cartonnerie (F)
19-Mar Clermont-Ferrand - Coop De Mai (F) More...

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Machine Head Posts Making-Of Footage

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head got together in October 2015 and went into Trident Studios in California to record a new song called "Is There Anybody Out There?"

The band has now released the first making-of clip for the track, which can be seen below. Machine Head is currently on the road in Europe on a solo tour, with dates available here.

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Machine Head Kicking Off Solo Tour

Bay Area titans Machine Head will kick off an exclusive headline tour tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland.

This "An Evening With Machine Head" trek spans across mainland Europe and the U.K will feature no support bands, no locals, and just 2 hours of bone-crunching metal anthems.

"We’re doing ‘An Evening With’ Machine Head. Meaning: it’ll just be us, folks,” commented guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn. “We are really excited about playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having it be our own world. We did this in the U.S. and eastern Europe recently and it’s done amazingly well.

"Fans seem to really love the 'Evening With…' format for a band like us who has a long-standing and diverse catalog. While the sets vary from night to night, there were a couple nights on the last run where we reached the 2 hour and 40 minute mark. It was crazy! We could have played all night, the crowd was so insane!!”

Robb Flynn also recently had some choice words for Phil Anselmo that have been dominating the Internet for days. If you haven't seen the video yet, check it out here. Catch Machine Head live on these dates: More...

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Phil Anselmo Responds To Racism Accusations

Update: Phil Anselmo has now released a video apologizing for what occurred at Dimebash. Watch it here.

The close of the Dimebash event this week was marred by controversy when Phil Anselmo closed out his set by throwing a Nazi salute and screaming "white power!' at the crowd. Anselmo has since responded to video of the incident (available below) by commenting:

"OK folks, I'll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the 'inside joke of the night' was because we were drinking fucking white wine, hahaha...

"Of all fucking things. Some of y'all need to thicken up your skin. There's plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that's that. No apologies from me. PHA '16."

Not everyone is accepting his statement however, as Machine Head's Robb Flynn has released a video questioning the comment about white wine. Check it out here: More...

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Machine Head Cancels Paris Show

Machine Head is gearing up for a solo European tour (dates available here), but unfortunately the Bataclan show has been cancelled.

The venue has been closed down since the terrorist attacks in Paris back in November. Machine Head comments:

"French Head Cases, we are very disappointed to break this news to you, but unfortunately, a new venue / date was not able to be sorted in time for a Paris show (originally scheduled for Feb 16th, 2016).

"As we announced previous, it was expected for almost a month that Le Bataclan would re-open in time for our show, but in December we got news that it would (understandably) remain closed for continued investigations after the terror attacks.

"At that point, we looked into every possible option, adding a date at the beginning, a date in the first week, tagging on to the end of tour after Glasgow... everything... no luck. The sad fact is, we were a month behind most every other re-routing happening. More...

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