Band Photo: Machine Head (?)
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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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.
All right, let’s get the drill over with. We at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has to compensate for his barren, metal-scarce South Florida existence somehow.
The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin) plays on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name, matching your ID, to firstname.lastname@example.org with one of the headliners in the subject heading.
We properly kick off this week with another round of unsigned talent: Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Threatpoint, a straight-up, honest metal band that combines groove, thrash ’n’ roll, and the best of the American New Wave. Fans of Testament, DevilDriver, Sepultura, and Machine Head should pay close attention.
Opening anthem “Pave The Way” is taken from the band’s 2013 debut “Dead To Rise” (reviewed here), and stay tuned until the end, where we showcase the brand new song “Devil You Know,” taken from sophomore album “Careful What You Wish For.”
Speaking of Machine Head, the wily internet struck again this week, causing a leak that poured first single “Now We Die” (taken from upcoming eighth studio album “Bloodstone & Diamonds”) into the ears of thousands. Like real dudes - and unlike a certain unnamed band that rhymes with Metallica - the band have opted to roll with the punches and encourage you all to listen to, like, and share this song. We have, and you can hear our full thoughts presently.
Next, Kevin offers a review of “Language,” the recently released third studio album by Indianapolis, Indiana prog-heads The Contortionist. In his opinion, the band have gone “full-on Cynic” (or perhaps Opeth) and shed their deathcore outer-garments to the point where Kevin is unsure whether “Language” is even a proper metal record. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you will hear.
Finally, we conclude with a rather euphoric reaction to the recently released track “At War With Reality,” taken from the upcoming album of the same title by Gothenburg metal pioneers At The Gates - the reformed band’s first studio material since 1995. As with The Haunted’s “Exit Wounds” and Carcass’ “Surgical Steel,” we think it signals a tremendous return, and until In Flames decide to pull their heads from their nether regions and rediscover metal, the melodic death style should be in safe, capable hands.
"'NOW WE DIE' HAS OFFICIALLY LEAKED.
"And why am I telling you this information?
"Information that just a few years ago, labels and bands would have been trying their hardest to pull down from torrent sites and flag YouTube channels?
"Because in 2014 you just have to own shit like this. Own it…and move on. John Lennon once sang 'life is what happens, while you’re making other plans…'
"That’s right my friends, 'Now We Die,' the first track and lead single off of 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' has officially leaked, 3 weeks ahead of its originally scheduled Oct 10th release date as a digital single. More...
After cancelling a North American tour to finish work on the band's new album, Machine Head has released the fifth in a series of video blogs documenting the creation of eighth album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."
The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be released on November 7th (Europe) and November 10th, 2014 (N. America/UK) on several physical and digital formats.
“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album,” comments frontman Robb Flynn. “It's been a heck of a ride, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You're going to love it Head Cases."
He goes on to say, “Without getting too philosophical on ya, »Bloodstone & Diamonds« represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.” More...
We’re changing things up this week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast. We’ve heard your “I thought this was supposed to be underground!” cries loud and clear, which is why we’ve decided to shut up about Slipknot. For now.
Instead, we’re inviting all unsigned metal and hard rock bands to submit songs to email@example.com, which we’ll feature as intro and outro music. A brief plug will accompany the tunes, so help us keep things underground by helping us help you expose yourself. Not in THAT way.
This week features two songs, “Disconnect” and “Moving Forward,” from Lynchburg, Virginia rockers SingleSide. The tracks appear on the group’s full-length album “Moving Forward” (reviewed here). SingleSide is currently at work on a new album.
Also, if you live in or near South Florida, or have friends there, don’t forget to throw in for our upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. The first is for The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name matching your ID to the email address above, with one (or both) of the headlining acts in the subject heading.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses Fear Factory’s recent signing to Nuclear Blast as an opportunity to reflect on the past, bygone greatness of Roadrunner Records, once the standard bearer in all things metal, now a corporate husk of its former glorious self.
[CORRECTION: Mike mistakenly cites Machine Head as still being signed to Roadrunner. They, too, are now in fact signed to Nuclear Blast. He does not regret the error, because the truth only bolsters his point. Stay tuned to hear his full thoughts.]
Finally, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reacts to recent, admittedly vague, statements by Behemoth leader Adam “Nergal” Darski regarding the future of his band, and has some fun speculating on what might happen down the line.
Machine Head has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates that were to feature Epica and Children of Bodom:
"It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall.
"Our new album 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.
"We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date."
Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase. Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year. All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.
Machine Head will release 8th album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment) on November 10th.
Epica also comments: "We are really disappointed to inform you that our upcoming North American Tour in support of Machine Head has been cancelled. We were very much looking forward to play North America and to meet our US and Canadian fans again. Needless to say, this is a real blow for us. We hope to be able to return to North America as soon as possible!" More...
The Bay Area metal titans in Machine Head have announced more dates for their European headlining tour in November & December 2014.
The band also revealed the support bands that will accompany the tour: label mates Devil You Know (featuring Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato, John Sankey, Ryan Wombacher, and Roy Lev-Ari) and U.S. melodic death/metalcore act Darkest Hour.
Machine Head will release eighth full-length album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut "Bloodstone & Diamonds" this Fall.
The record was once again produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga, and like the last 7 out of 8 albums, was mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi.
“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album,” comments frontman Robb Flynn. “It's been a heck of a ride. It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You're going to love it Head Cases.
“Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Now We Die
2. Killers & Kings
3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Night Of Long Knives
5. Sail Into The Black
6. Eyes Of The Dead
7. Beneath The Silt
8. In Comes The Flood
9. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire More...
Machine Head will continue dominating North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of the band's debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this Fall.
The devastating lineup will also feature Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross. The tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st.
Machine Head front man & guitarist Robb Flynn checks in about the touring line-up and the upcoming shows:
"Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012 ‘s 'Locust' tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD!!
"This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!"
Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho adds: “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick azz shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood!'"
“With this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success,” states Epica vocalist Simone Simons. “We will bring Epica to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.”
Epica founding member Mark Jansen shares: “Machine Head and Children of Bodom are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with Epica." More...
Machine Head has posted the fourth installment in an ongoing video blog series documenting the creation of the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast debut album.
The previously posted third entry in the video blog series is also still available online at this location.
Machine Head's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album will feature artwork by Marcelo Vasco, with further details to be announced soon.
Machine Head, which is currently wrapping up work on a forthcoming new album, has issued the following statement about reaching a settlement with former member Adam Duce:
"A $1.8 million dollar litigation suit filed against heavy metal recording artist Machine Head, manager Joseph Huston, record label Nuclear Blast, and current-bassist Jared MacEachern by former-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce was settled yesterday in San Francisco, CA. The terms of the deal will remain confidential but both sides were able to reach a satisfactory agreement.
"All claims in the dispute have been dropped against all parties named including but not limited to the $800,000 dollar suit against the band for breach of fiduciary duty and interference with prospective economic advantage, as well as the bizarre $1,000,000 dollar defamation suit against singer / guitarist Robb Flynn regarding a blog the guitarist posted.
"It was mediated by Gail Migdal Title, with the litigation team for Machine Head handled by Kari Keidser, Dawn Coulson and Randall Rich of Epps & Coulson, along with long-time Machine Head entertainment lawyer Scott Harrington."
Machine Head will hit the road in the U.S. July 8th with Anti Mortem on the Killers & Kings tour, and will release an as-yet untitled 8th album (the first with new-bassist Jared MacEachern) in November.
Machine Head has checked in with the following update about working on a forthcoming album:
"Album cover is done! And album title too! We'll probably make an announcement soon enough, but we are really freakin' stoked with it!!!
"Been working with a new artist named Marcelo Vasco. We got turned on to Marcelo’s work through Gerardo at Nuclear Blast and let me tell you…this kid has delivered some fucking glory! He took updated MH ‘Lion Crest’ that Rafal Wechterowicz (we call him Raf for short) had designed with us, and added this whole other dark trip to it. We've decided to base the album package off of an old Alchemy book, with aged, sepia-toned pages on the insides, alchemy wood-cuts.
"As we talked about before, one of the things we were so excited to sign with Nuclear Blast about was the next level, special packages they do for their bands. This Machine Head set up may be their biggest yet! Just the album alone will come in deluxe CD, vinyl gatefold, and the piece-de-résistance, a red foil and leather bound 48-page media book with CD. Some album bundles will come with a hard resin Machine Head diamond logo around the media book. There will be something akin to an 'ultra bundle' as well, which will include a completely custom Epiphone Guitar (with the new lion crest artwork) courtesy of Epiphone Guitars. This shit is ridiculous!!"
Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.
You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama
The mighty Machine Head has released the third in a series of video clips online covering the production side of the band's time working on an upcoming new album!
You can watch part three in the series below, or check out the previously posted second clip at this location. You can also catch the band live:
Tue/Jul-8 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
Thu/Jul-10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Fri/Jul-11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sun/Jul-13 Billings, MT @ The Carlin
Tue/Jul-15 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
Thu/Jul-17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Sat/Jul-19 Oshkosh, WI @ Ford Festival Park **(Rock USA Fest)
Mon/Jul-21 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Wed/Jul-23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Thu/Jul-24 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Fri/Jul-25 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom More...
Machine Head has posted Ignite covers of "Our Darkest Days" and "Bleeding" off the band's limited edition 10" Record Store Day vinyl single. The 10" features a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings," which was streaming briefly online. Side B of the release features MACHINE HEAD covering two tracks by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE.
Robb Flynn shares the story behind the cover tracks here.
Killers & Kings 10" tracking listing:
Side One: "Killers & Kings" (demo version)
Side Two: "Our Darkest Days / Bleeding" (IGNITE cover)
This limited edition 10" will feature four alternate covers with two specific colors (Red: Death + The Devil / Blue: High Priestess + Strength), each limited to 1,000 copies each and can be ordered here.
In related band news, Machine Head has announced that Anti-Mortem will be supporting them on tour this July. The latest tour dates are as follows: More...
Fans can relive their Rockstar Energry Drink Mayhem Festival memories with the "Mayhem: 2008-2013" book, a collection of dynamic and bold photos spanning the first six years of the festival. The following press release was also issued:
"Created by Los Angeles-based photographer Strati Hovartos, this book gives an inside view of the fearless, behind-the-scenes look at the art, the rebellion and the grit that, in all of its glory… is Mayhem! As the official tour photographer, Strati’s body of work has documented the festival since its inception.
"Striking and bold, his images have captured epic performances of Metal greats, such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. With the turn of every page, your mind will be dominated and transported to the timelessness of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' features special forewords by Rockstar Festival co-creators Kevin Lyman and John Reese, as well as Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Jason May.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' is available now as a 2014 ticket buyer exclusive in select markets, so make sure to add 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' to your Ticketmaster ticket purchase at check out! If you purchase a VIP package, 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' automatically comes with your purchase. If you’ve already purchased your ticket or 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' isn’t available in your market, standby – more details on how to get the book are coming soon, including details on how to obtain it via the upcoming Rockstar Festival online store. More...
Machine Head is currently working on an upcoming album, and now the second in a series of short segments regarding the production side of the album's creation has been posted online. Check it out below.
After announcing an 11 date U.S. club tour specifically aimed at smaller markets, Machine Head is now proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for the U.K. and Europe.
The 15 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates this Winter, but more importantly will hit numerous cities that Machine Head hasn't headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never even played at all.
Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn: "In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014.
"No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head ans that who don't often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities.
"I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus, we'd never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the funnest shows we've ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It's Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. More...
Machine Head is proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S. Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn:
"When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles.
"These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) 'B and C markets,' (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc...). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.
"Part of the reason we don't hit these places, is that sometimes their local economy just can't afford to pay as well as a major city. As a band, Machine Head has always made the effort to re-invest in our band rather than pocket the money. We've done a lot of tours where we lost buttloads of cash, all in the name of giving our fans the best show of their lives. That is what is most important to us.
"And with that said, we're probably gonna lose some moolah doing this club run. But you know what? The way we look at it, this is also re-investing in our band, by investing in the most important thing we have, YOU! It's giving die-hard Machine Head fans, the Head Cases in the nooks and crannies of America, the places that are often starving for live music, something special and unforgettable.
"And local bands you are welcome to jump on in every city. Because this will be the first time that we've ever played a lot of these cities, we're not even sure if we HAVE fans there, but we believe we can break even!! More...
Machine Head is currently in the studio recording an eighth album, which will be followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle. The first production blog from the album's recording can be found at this location.
This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing Machine Head’s next full-length album, the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store Day (April 19th, 2014), the label is excited to release a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings." Side B of the release will also feature Machine Head covering a track by the southern CA hardcore outfit, Ignite.??
“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both Metallica demos, Exodus demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of 'Pleasure Of The Flesh' by Exodus, easily 2 years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we're gonna do that for you. I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff."
This limited edition 10” will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.?? The track listing is as follows:
Side One: Killers & Kings (demo version)
Side Two: Our Darkest Days/Bleeding (Ignite cover)
There is officially a new Machine Head album on the way, and today you can watch the first in a series of short segments regarding the production of the new album.
Check it out below, and stay tuned for more details on the coming full-length release.