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Formed: 1993
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.

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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Ex-Soulfly/Machine Head's Mader Posts New Video

Former Soulfly and Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader's new female fronted project Once Human premieres its new song and music video titled "You Cunt", taken from the band's upcoming new album "The Life I Remember", set to drop Sept. 4th via earMUSIC. Says the band about the brutal new video:

Vocalist Lauren: "Creating the visual for the music Logan and I wrote, was like hand painting our sound. I feel so fortunate that I could express myself as an artist here in multiple ways.. I have never felt so alive."

Adds Logan Mader: "After more than a decade away from the stage it feels good to be back in action with Once Human. Here's the first look at who we are."

Check out now "You Cunt" below.

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Machine Head Posts Guadalajara Video

Machine Head has released a video clip from Guadalajara as the band kicks off a Latin American tour, showcasing first-day-of-tour-insanity, the crew solving gear issues, and Guadalajara coming through in the end. Remaining dates are as follow:

31-May Colombia, Bogotá, Teatro Metropol
02-Jun Chile, Santiago, Teatro Cariola
04-Jun Argentina, Buenos Aires, Teatro Flores
05-Jun Uruguay, Montevideo, Music Box
07-Jun Brasil, São Paulo, Via Marquez

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Machine Head Announces Solo European Tour

The Bay area metal titans from Machine Head have confirmed today their return to Europe later this year in support of latest album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

After a U.S. tour with no supporting outfits, the band will bring the "An evening with Machine Head" experience to Europe with no support bands but featuring an extensive, career spanning setlist. Date are as follows: More...

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An Evening With Machine Head In Baltimore

Machine Head is the heaviest metal band in the world.

You’re probably already spitting your beer all over your computer screen.

Let me explain. We’ve all heard the complaints of modern production woes, the trendy obsession with blinding speed and out-tech-ing each other, and the resultant dearth of memorable songwriting. Chances are you’ve done quite a bit of this complaining yourself. I know I have.

I know what brutal death metal is; and black metal, and grindcore, and so on. I know how “extreme” metal can get, and I’m a fan of tons of that stuff. I’m a metal journalist. It’s my job to know these things.

There are several reasons, each having to do with the merits of each individual instrument and the man playing it, for Machine Head’s status as Heaviest Metal Band in the World. To go with the most obvious reason, I will tell you right now that no one, and I mean NO ONE, comes close to touching Mr. Robert Flynn in terms of absolute, raw, uncut vocal intensity. Two decades and eight albums deep into Machine Head’s career, he has become a monster.

Guttural death growls, atonal black metal shrieks, I’ve heard it all. I love a great deal of it. But you know what? Little of it shocks or scares me anymore. Precious few bands of the elite-approved, underground, “extreme” variety actually provoke a sense of DANGER in me. Robb Flynn does.

The secret is passion. Unbridled, burning passion, rage, and all-around emotion. Flynn’s voice, at its harshest, is the sound of a man threatening to rip your head off and meaning it. At its softest, it’s the sound of a grieving mourner at a funeral, choking his way through a moving hymn. These two poles, and everything between, are part and parcel of the same experience: pure emotion, and pure intensity.

The guitars and rhythm section follow suit. For all the band’s stylistic evolution and musical expansion over the years, the core ingredient of bone-crushing groove remains unchanged. Whether the band is veering into thrashy or sludgy territory, it doesn’t matter: you can truly BANG YOUR HEAD to this stuff. Machine Head's riffing whips up a kind of aural stigmata, wherein you almost feel the brutal pain of a sledgehammer impacting your body.

All of this translates directly to the live setting. Machine Head are a live band at heart (and many bands of the technical sort are decidedly not). They’ve always sounded that way on record, because their music is MEANT to be experienced in concert. Think of that word’s other meaning: union, harmony. In this case, a bonding between artist and fan. A collective sharing of passion, rage, euphoria, lamentation. EMOTION. More...

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Machine Head Finishes Routing Rescheduled Tour

Machine Head has completed routing on the most comprehensive U.S. tour in the band's 20 year history, a 42-city jaunt across America and Canada for the launch of new album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” that will be performed as “An Evening With.” As a bonus, since the band is no longer working on the album, it's significantly less likely this one will get cancelled!

Starting January 16th in Mesa, AZ Machine Head will perform over 2 hours of bone-crunching metal anthems. The sets will change a bit night-to-night and and the band guarantees to play songs from every album in the catalog. Dates are as follows:

1/16 Mesa - Club Red Theatres
1/18 Farmington - Top Deck
1/20 Austin - Red 7
1/21 Dallas - Gas Monkey Live
1/22 Houston - Fitzgeralds
1/23 New Orleans - House of Blue
1/24 Orlando - The Beacham
1/25 Atlanta - Masquerade
1/27 Asheville - Orange Peel
1/28 Baltimore - Baltimore Sound Stage
1/29 Philadelphia - Underground Arts
1/30 New York - Irving Plaza
1/31 Allston - Brighton Music Hall More...

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Machine Head Posts Making-Of Video

Machine Head just released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video clip for "Now We Die," which can be seen below.

The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (Testament, Staind) and comes from the band's recently released Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

If you missed it, you can see the full "Now We Die" music video over at this location. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 39

This week, we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are proud to present two fresh songs by Letters To The Blind, a brand new self-described “hybrid metal” act from Dayton, Ohio.

Letters To The Blind began as a long-distance recording project in 2011 between vocalist Chaz Bond and guitarist Blaine Gordon - former members of a band called BioGenesis - when the latter was living in Florida. The group was officially formed when Gordon returned to Ohio this past summer, and rounded out with drummer C.J. Jones and bassist Randy Walton.

Letters To The Blind play an invigorating mixture of melodic death, technical, and progressive metal, and elicits comparisons to Canada’s Into Eternity and Sweden’s Evergrey. The songs “Letters To The Blind” and “Creed Of Honor” (heard at sign-off, so stay tuned) receive major thumbs up from co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), minor flaws aside.

Then Kevin examines a recent controversy involving accusations of stolen artwork, this time by Los Angeles melodic hardcore act The Ghost Inside. Some are claiming that the quill pen on the cover of the new album “Dear Youth” bears too close a resemblance to a similar image on the cover of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “One Of Us Is The Killer.” [2013] A ripoff on the level of the recent Avenged Sevenfold - Overkill fiasco, or the simple use of a common motif? Tune in for Kevin’s opinion, as well as his review of “Dear Youth” itself.

Finally, Mike offers his extensive, detailed reaction to Machine Head’s new monster “Bloodstone & Diamonds,” the Bay Area metal giants’ eighth studio album and debut on Nuclear Blast Records. Full disclosure up front: as a confirmed “Head Case,” he’s crazy about it, but it took a few listens for him to get there. Stay tuned to find out why.

Listen in here, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Machine Head Posts Track-By-Track Break Down

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head have released an official track-by-track for the brand new album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

To hear how band mastermind Robb Flynn describes every track in his own words, head over to Spotify here.

Machine Head also recently dropped a music video for "Now We Died," which can be seen over at this location.

The band’s Nuclear Blast debut is available on several physical and digital formats and can be ordered here. "Bloodstone & Diamonds" 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. More...

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Machine Head Streaming New Video "Now We Die"

"Now We Die" is taken from Machine Head's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds," which was released on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The CD was produced by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and mixed by Colin Richardson. Final editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, Arch Enemy).

You can now watch the new video from the San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans below.

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Machine Head Announces Solo North American Tour

After cancelling a tour with Epica and Children of Bodom to finish work on new album "Bloodstone & Diamonds," Machine Head has announced a replacement tour (unsurprisingly with no support acts attached this time).

Machine Head will headline the North American tour in January with no openers or even local bands performing, instead offering up a two-hour set each night.

"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 the idea, playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having our own world. Promoters in the U.S. seem really stoked about it, some have said it feels like ‘an event’.”

In regards to the band’s decision to only headline for this touring cycle as well as no longer play festivals, Flynn elaborates: "We’re not trying to have a good time with a bunch of people who don’t know who we are. If Machine Head throws a party, big or small, we don’t want a bunch of ‘strangers’ there. This is about us and you guys, the die-hards! The Fucking Undesirables! We don’t care about the others out there. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere, if those people want to be a part of this, they know where to find us. So for the time being, and maybe ‘forever’ we’re done reaching out for them." More...

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Diablo Blvd Announces Shows With Machine Head

Belgium's anthemic grooving rock/metal machine Diablo Blvd has been confirmed to hit the road supporting Bay Area thrash titans Machine Head on a European tour as well as Brooklyn's alternative metallers Life Of Agony on two European shows. Catch Diablo Blvd live on these dates:

19.11.14 I-Milan Alcatraz
20.11.14 CH-Lausanne Les Docks
21.11.14 CH-Zürich Komplex
22.11.14 D-München Kesselhaus
23.11.14 A-Wien Gasometer
25.11.14 D-Köln Live Music Hall
26.11.14 D-Oberhausen Turbinenhalle 2
27.11.14 D-Wiesbaden Schlachthof
03.12.14 D-Hamburg Grosse Freiheit

04.12.14 NL-Haarlem Patronaat
05.12.14 Köln Essigfabrik More...

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Machine Head Streaming Full New Album

Machine Head‘s new album is now streaming on YouTube, before its release. Listen to "Bloodstone & Diamonds" in its entirety in the player below.

Machine Head‘s latest effort was produced by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga. Flynn calls the band’s 8th album “a milestone” and adds, “we feel we have something truly special here.”

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on Nov. 7th (EU) and Nov. 10th (NA + UK) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

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Machine Head Posts "Beneath The Silt" Teaser

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head just released a teaser for a brand new song called "Beneath The Silt."

Check out this new minute-and-a-half clip below. "Beneath The Silt" is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

You can also hear the previously posted song "Night Of Long Knives" at this location.

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" is due out via Nuclear Blast on November 10th, 2014. 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...

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Machine Head Posts New Video Clip

Machine Head has released a visualizer clip for "Night of Long Knives," which can be seen below.

The track comes off upcoming album "Bloodstone & Diamonds," due out November 10th, 2014.

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will also receive an instant download of the track "Night Of Long Knives."

The new album's track listing is:

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...

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Machine Head Posts Second Album Trailer

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head just released the second trailer for their upcoming album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

Check out this new clip below, or watch the previously posted first video at this location.

In other Machine Head news, Devil You Know just dropped off the band's European tour set to start next month.

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" is due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Devil You Know Cancels European Tour Dates

Devil You Know - the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devovled) - will no longer be part of the upcoming European Machine Head tour starting on November 7th.

The band has issued the following official statement: "It is with much regret that we are forced to announce the cancellation of our upcoming U.K. and European dates supporting Machine Head due to business issues far beyond our control. We want to personally extend our apologies to the Machine Head guys and their entire camp and thank them for offering us such a great opportunity.

"To our fans, the last thing we want to do is let you down. We are devastated that we can't perform for you all and be part of an amazing tour with one of our favorite bands. As musicians, the five of us have a job we love to do and we are ready to get onstage and do it, but unfortunately the cancellation of this tour is completely unavoidable despite every attempt by us to make it happen.

"The business side of this industry is very ugly at times and this is one of those unforeseen instances where the band has to suffer. To put it mildly, we are extremely agitated by this situation and right now our hands are tied, but we are going to deal with it and forge on! We WILL tour Europe and the U.K. as soon as we possibly can and make it up to you all.

"Sincerely, Howard, Francesco, John, Ryan, Roy.” More...

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Machine Head Posts New Album Trailer

Due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Machine Head guitarist & vocalist Robb Flynn has called the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album “a milestone for us. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album.”

Today Machine Head releases a video trailer for the album, which can be seen below. The full 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...

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Machine Head Album To Include Guitar

In addition to all the standard editions, the Nuclear Blast USA web shop is proud to offer an extremely limited edition premium pre-order bundle for the new "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album that includes an Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V guitar and randomly selected accessories used in the recording of this eighth studio release.

Will your bundle include used guitar or bass strings or used guitar or bass picks? What song does Robb Flynn’s handwriting say they were used on? Will you get used bass drum or tom heads, or used drum sticks? The only way to find out is by ordering!

Only 250 of these ebony gloss Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V bundles are available. Gear heads curious about the guitar specs can read up on them at this location.

Due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Machine Head guitarist & vocalist Robb Flynn has called the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album “a milestone for us. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album.” More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 32

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 podcast@metalunderground.com 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.

Listen here, don’t forget to catch more Threatpoint at our sign-off, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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New Machine Head Songs Leak

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has issued the following statement on the band's Facebook page regarding a song off upcoming album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."


"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...

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