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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 To Perform In Israel In March

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will perform at the Theatre Club on in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel on March 10, 2008. Opening the show will be BETZEFER.

As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek Friday night (December 14) in Helsinki, Finland.

For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling the remainder of the tour.

During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

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Machine Head Post Black Crusade Wrap Up

MACHINE HEAD's web site has been updated with the following message:

"MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel, having flown back to the States less than a week prior to mourn the loss of his father, returned Friday night [December 14] for the final show of The Black Crusade tour in Helsinki, Finland, capping off an incredible tour and incredible year for the band.

"Having received an enormous amount of help in his absence, and in essence salvaging MACHINE HEAD's ability to even finish the remainder of the tour, various guitarists from the other bands on The Black Crusade filled in on various songs to help the band complete the last four of the five shows.

* Corey Beaulieu from TRIVIUM played on 'Clenching The Fists Of Dissent', 'Imperium' and 'Aesthetics Of Hate'.
* Frédéric Leclercq, the bass player from DRAGONFORCE filled in on 'Old'.
* Matt Heafy from TRIVIUM played on 'Halo' and 'Take My Scars'.
* Christopher Amott from ARCH ENEMY played on 'Descend The Shades Of Night', and...
* Matt Heafy returned again for 'Davidian'.

"All of them did an amazing job, and MACHINE HEAD can't thank them all enough for the help they gave, especially at such an incredibly difficult time. Respect.

"Singer/guitarist Robb Flynn wishes to offer his apologies to the people of Stockholm, Sweden for his inability to move during Tuesday night's performance at The Arenan as he was suffering from food poisoning and the flu. He was enduring severe vomiting and diarrhea before and after the show, and required four different medications and an intravenous glucose feed three hours prior to the set just to be able to perform.

"MACHINE HEAD wish to sincerely thank the nearly 70,000 fans who came out to make The Black Crusade such a huge success (with several promoters calling it the biggest tour to hit the UK and Europe since the legendary Clash Of The Titans tour 15 years ago), and for making it all such an amazing experience through and through. Much respect to the all of the bands on the tour as well for pulling together to make this such an unprecedented bill. Our sincerest thanks."

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Machine Head Guitarist Rejoins Band For Last Date

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek last night (Friday, December 14) in Helsinki, Finland.

For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling a single show.

During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

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Machine Head To Continue Tour Without Guitarist

MACHINE HEAD have posted the following update:

“All of us here in MACHINE HEAD wish to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Demmel family for their tragic loss of Harry W. Demmel. Flying home today to grieve with his family and celebrate the life of his father, Phil has asked that MACHINE HEAD continue on in his absence for what will most likely be the remainder of the Black Crusade tour.”

Says MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, “Phil was adamant about us continuing on. We didn’t think it would be possible, but a lot of the guitar players on the tour rallied around Phil last night and volunteered to help out on guitar duties. We really can’t thank them all enough. Adam and I spent most of our day off today teaching Corey and Matt from TRIVIUM, Christopher from ARCH ENEMY, and Frederic, the bassist of DRAGONFORCE, the set. They will all be playing various songs throughout the rest of the tour.”

Regarding Friday night’s show in Zurich, Flynn adds, “We left it up to Phil as to whether we would play last night, and he was very sure of the fact that he needed to play. He wanted to keep moving and not dwell on it until the next day. It was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever seen, I honestly don’t know how he did it. To the amazing people of Zurich who stood by the band, and supported us so much last night, we were all crying, and Phil and all of us felt the love more than you will ever know. Thank you.”

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Machine Head Play Show Despite Family Loss

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel's father passed away a few hours before the group's concert Friday (December 7) in Zurich, Switzerland. During the band's performance, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, before adding, "like it happened today in our family" and informing the crowd that Phil's dad had just died. Demmel reportedly cried while playing the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD's show in Milan, Italy on Thursday (December 6) was cut short after Demmel apparently fainted/collapsed on stage 35 minutes into MACHINE HEAD's set (during the intro to "Descend the Shades of Night"). He was subsequently tended to by medical emergency professionals and reportedly didn't require hospitalization (the ambulance was seen driving away empty).

Fan-filmed video footage of the moment when Demmel collapsed on stage in Milan and the subsequent statement the other members of MACHINE HEAD made from the stage regarding Demmel's condition can be viewed below.

MACHINE HEAD's concerts in Milan and Zurich were part of the band's European "The Black Crusade" tour with TRIVIUM, DRAGONFORCE, ARCH ENEMY and SHADOWS FALL. More...

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Machine Head Forced To Cut Milan Show Short

According to several e-mails received by BLABBERMOUTH.NET from people attending last night's (December 6) MACHINE HEAD show in Milan, Italy, the group was forced to cut its performance short after guitarist Phil Demmel apparently fainted on stage 35 minutes into MACHINE HEAD's set (during the intro to "Descend the Shades of Night"). He was subsequently tended to by medical emergency professionals and reportedly didn't require hospitalization (the ambulance was seen driving away empty).

MACHINE HEAD's concert at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy was part of the band's European "The Black Crusade" tour with TRIVIUM, DRAGONFORCE, ARCH ENEMY and SHADOWS FALL.

An official statement on the matter from the MACHINE HEAD camp is expected shortly.

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Rock And Metal Featured In Grammy Nominations

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, February 10th, 2008.

Nominees of interest include:

* Best Hard Rock Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.):
- 'Sweet Sacrifice' - EVANESCENCE. Track from: The Open Door [Wind-up Records, LLC]
- 'The Pretender' - FOO FIGHTERS. Track from: Foo Fighters [Roswell/RCA Records]
- 'I Don't Wanna Stop' - OZZY OSBOURNE. Track from: Black Rain [Epic]
- 'Sick, Sick, Sick' - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Track from: Era Vulgaris [Interscope Recods]
- 'The Pot' - TOOL. Track from: 10,000 Days [Volcano]

* Best Metal Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'Nothing Left' - AS I LAY DYING. Track from: An Ocean Between Us [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Never Ending Hill' - KING DIAMOND. Track from: Give Me Your Soul...Please [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Aesthetics Of Hate' - MACHINE HEAD. Track from: The Blackening [Roadrunner Records]
- 'Redemption' - SHADOWS FALL. Track from: Threads Of Life [Atlantic]
- 'Final Six' - SLAYER. Track from: Christ Illusion [American Recording/Columbia]

* Best Rock Instrumental Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' - METALLICA. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'Malignant Narcissism' - RUSH. Track from: Snakes & Arrows [Anthem/Atlantic]
- 'Always With Me, Always With You' - JOE SATRIANI. Track from: Satriani Live! [Epic/Red Ink]
- 'Once Upon A Time In The West' - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'The Attitude Song' - STEVE VAI. Track from: Sound Theories Vol. I & II [Epic/Red Ink]

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Machine Head Wins Danish Metal Awards

Roadrunner Records Canada reports:

"Machine Head were in Copenhagen, Sweden recently to except the award for "International Album Of The Year"!

The band was there in person to except their award! Congrats to our friends in Machine Head for delivering such a kick-ass CD!"

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Gama Bomb Comment on Gig With Machine Head

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb played the biggest gig of their career last weekend as they supported metal heavyweights Machine Head on their home soil. Gama Bomb guitarist and vocalist Phil Byrne has spoken out about playing the sell-out gig at Dublin's Ambassador Theatre:

"The experience of playing with Machine Head is going to be pretty hard to beat. Since it was a sold out show in one of our personal favourite venues and on our own home turf, it was a really exciting night. The gig was a real taste of what it?s like to totally storm in a high-end venue and we can't wait to do it again!"

He has also revealed how Rob Flynn made a special effort to meet up with them backstage:

"Rob Flynn actually came knocking on our dressing room door and we were all shocked by how genuine and friendly he was. He hung out for a bit and talked shite with us and had a laugh; he's a cool dude". More...

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Machine Head Covers Tenacious D

Fan-filmed video footage of MACHINE HEAD performing the TENACIOUS D song "Fuck Her Gently" on Halloween (October 31) in front of 4,000 people at the Festival Hall in Mebourne, Australia can be viewed below. MH frontman Robb Flynn was dressed up as "Rufus" at the gig, which was part of the Australian The Black Crusade tour, also featuring TRIVIUM and ARCH ENEMY. More...

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Machine Head Drummer Comments On Disney Fiasco

The following report is courtesy of Pete Richards from Chartattack.com:

MACHINE HEAD, who were in Canada last month as part of The Black Tyranny Tour, received a lot of attention after Walt Disney Corporation cancelled the tour's opening night in Anaheim, California on September 7 with just two days notice.

The event was scheduled to take place at the House Of Blues venue on Disneyland property, but Disney representatives suddenly cancelled the concert after reviewing Machine Head's music and deeming them unsuitable to perform there. Disney also cancelled their Orlando, Florida stop at the House Of Blues in Walt Disney World.

"It's unbelievable that that can actually go down today still," says Machine Head drummer Dave McClain. "It's frustrating to be singled out like that, and the music you love playing." More...

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Dublin Death Patrol Announce Mexico City Show

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — has scheduled a concert at Hard Rock Live in Mexico City, Mexico on January 28, 2008.

Fan-filmed video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) performing at the Underworld in London, England on June 18, 2007 can be viewed below.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL made its live debut on June 3, 2007 at The Galaxy in Santa Ana, California. Check out photos of the concert at DirtJunior.com.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
Troy Luccketta (TESLA) - Drums
Eddie Billy - Bass More...

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Evile And Gama Bomb Comment On Machine Head Show

After being chosen by MACHINE HED to support them on a Black Crusade warm-up gig at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on November 18th, EVILE and GAMA BOMB have both revealed how excited they are about playing the large-scale
gig.

Speaking in the midst of a current UK tour with SANCTITY, Evile guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about landing the opportunity to support such a legendary band: "We are extremely excited to be playing with Machine Head as Rob Flynn is a legend. Violence were fucking cool so we are really looking forward to playing this show and meeting all the guys. I hope they play some of the old fast shit - watch out Dublin and Prepare to be Thrashed!"

Hailing from Ireland, new Earache thrash signings Gama Bomb have also commented upon playing their high-energy thrash sound to more than 1000 people.

Speaking exclusively, vocalist Phil Byrne has stated: "We are totally stoked to be playing with such a legendary band as Machine Head, and especially to do it here in one of Dublin's greatest venues! This starts our new gigging schedule as we mean to carry on, so hopefully we will be playing a lot more shows like this one. This will be the biggest audience we've ever played to, and that just makes us all the more willing to paint the place with their brains - metaphorically, of course."

Gama Bomb are set to release their debut album Citizen Brain in 2008, to find out more about them visit http://www.myspace.com/gamabomb.

Fans can check out an exclusive interview with Gama Bomb at http://www.earache.com/bands/gama_bomb/navigation/biography.html

Evile are currently out on the road on a full-scale UK tour with Sanctity. For the full dates head over to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk.

Their debut release Enter The Grave is out now.

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Machine Head Frontman Talks Metallica Wembley Show

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has posted a lengthy new "diary entry" on the band's official web site. An excerpt from his posting follows:

"[Supporting] METALLICA at Wembley Stadium [in London in early July]. Duuuuuude!? DUUUUDE!?!?!? Such an honor. Handpicked. Last minute [as the replacement for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, who had to cancel].

"To be honest, we thought it might be a bit rough just because we were thrown on so late in the game, our fans might not know about it in time, etc. But oh my god, dude.

"Let me preface this and start by saying that, straight up, the first three songs were literally the sloppiest we'd played on the entire 'Blackening' run. Jesus?! Guitar cutting out, broken strings, tech hands me my guitar wildly out of tune, Phil's [Demmel] wireless goes out... it was like, NOW?! Were gonna have all these problems NOW??!! Christ al-fuckin'-mighty! But you know what...it didn't matter, the crowd went friggin' APESHIT! The circle pit for 'Imperium' (which Monte Conner says is the new 'Davidian') was... just... oh my fuckin' GOD! We FINALLY pulled it together for 'Halo' and 'Davidian', and from 'Halo' on...the world just fell into place...everything got easy. Didn't know it at the time but [James] Hetfield watched us... from 'Halo' on... whew!

"MASTODON ruled, as always. But METALLICA, man, METALLICA... dude... untouchable that night. I've seen a couple bad shows from them recently, but man, they walked on fucking water that night. What a vibe. Setlist: impeccable. Between-song banter: hysterical. The crowd sing-a-long to the 'la-da-da-da' part, from the lone post-'Black'-album song they played ('Memory Remains')... it went on for two minutes after the song ended... goose-bumps man... fucking... goose-bumps.

"Hetfield hung in the dressing room, told us he's rockin' to 'The Blackening'. 'There's some epic shit on there.'... My brain pretty much imploded at that point... smoke out of the ears and everything... full-on frizzle fry.

"The afterparty was drunken insanity. I gave and received no less than 17 skull bites to Brent from MASTODON. But the highlight of it all was hanging out with Lars [Ulrich] after the afterparty, drinking a small ocean's worth of booze and picking his brain about every detail of the thrash era that I thought I knew about or wanted to know about. With Adam [Duce], and a small pow-wow of people, him and I held court for nearly an hour talking about everything from the years he followed DIAMOND HEAD around (he was in the rehearsal studio with them when they wrote 'Am I Evil?'), following MOTÖRHEAD around, Dave Mustaine, Napster, EXODUS, Baloff, Cliff, what their mindset was when writing 'Master of Puppets', who were their rivals at the time, the first time I saw them, what they thought of SLAYER back then... Dudes, I was in full-on METALLICA history nerd/geek mode, and it RULED 'cause he was spilling all the dirt.

"We raged on over to some fancy-schmancy hotel his friends were at, where, in between skull bites, WWE wrestling sessions and all of us flashing all of our penises at cars passing by, we talked the pros and cons of cocaine, while he fawned hopelessly over our publicity girl... it was c-r-a-z-y!"

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Musicians Speak On Disney Metal Ban

Jim Abbott of OrlandoSentinel.com reports: As [Orlando, Florida-area] headbangers might have noticed, metal shows (at least some of them) are getting the cold shoulder at House of Blues lately. The Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Tour (with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD, GOATWHORE and THE ABSENCE) played Club Firestone last week, after being moved from HOB.

MACHINE HEAD's Sept. 17 show was moved from Downtown Disney to Firestone on short notice. SHADOWS FALL was supposed to play HOB this weekend, but that show was booted, too. Instead, the band will play a free concert at Vans Skatepark, starting at noon on Saturday.

House of Blues did offer a prepared statement saying that the company "offers a range of entertainment to match the audience at our venues. It was determined that the mix of entertainment at our two Disney locations should be different from our other venues."

But the bands are talking.

"Hello 1950s," says Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD. Opening night of the band's tour in Anaheim was canceled with two days' notice, then moved to a venue in Pomona. That was followed by the same treatment in Orlando.

"We were told that lyrics were deemed inflammatory, and our fans were deemed undesirable," Flynn says, "that they [Disney] are phasing out metal shows, and we weren't going to be playing there. It was the promoter's call to cancel the show under pressure from Disney.

"This was opening night of our tour, and we were pretty bent because the show was being moved 70 miles away, and we had a day to let fans know about the change." Like MACHINE HEAD, SHADOWS FALL has a history of successful HOB shows on Disney properties, so member Brian Fair was surprised that the band apparently is no longer welcome.

"We just don't understand what the actual policy is now," Fair says. "It's just, 'These shows are gone, and that's that.' We had to scramble to do something because we'd sold hundreds of tickets for each show." Some bands, such as MEGADETH and ALICE IN CHAINS, still managed to meet the HOB standards, but the Disney "ban" is becoming common knowledge among promoters who call me.

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Machine Head Cancels Korea And New Zealand Shows

The following message was posted on the official Machine Head web site:

Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, Machine Head sincerely regret that they will be unable to play their upcoming shows in Korea and New Zealand. Insurmountable difficulties arose while attempting to secure passports and work visas, preventing the band from getting the necessary clearances from the respective consulates in time to enter and perform in both countries. The band extend their deepest regret to the fans in Korea and New Zealand that were looking forward to these shows, Machine Head was also looking forward to playing both shows, and they are extremely disappointed that they now cannot. They will, however, be making every effort to return to both countries as soon as possible, and want you to know that they deeply appreciate your support and understanding.

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Machine Head Frontman Talks Censorship

With all the news surrounding the MACHINE HEAD/ARCH ENEMY House Of Blues show that Disneyland cancelled, Headbanger's Blog got Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn to write up a guest blog about his views on citizenship and censorship. Here's a taste of what he had to say:

"I have been on the road touring for over half of my life, 13 years of which have been with Machine Head. This is what we do. Frankly, it’s all we know how to do. And in the 13 years we’ve been touring, we have never experienced the kind of flat-out extortion that we were just privy to. Never did we think that what we just witnessed over the course of the last few weeks would ever be possible, let alone tolerated in this day and age. But as I sit here writing these words to you, we are still in an utter state of shock."

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Tonight's Black Tyranny Show Cancelled

Tonight's (September 27) Black Tyranny Tour date in Buffalo, New York at the Showplace Theatre has been cancelled "due to serious illness" on the part of MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, according to show promoters ESI Events. "We wish Robb Flynn a speedy and safe recovery, and apologize for the inconvenience," the promoters write on their web site. "Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

Other bands appearing on the Black Tyranny Tour are ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY.

MACHINE HEAD has recruited Brandon Sigmund (photo) from fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY to handle the bass parts on the group's current North American tour.

Sigmund is the temporary replacement for regular MACHINE HEAD bassist Adam Duce, who was forced to sit out the trek after suffering a broken leg while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Also joining the band onstage to reproduce Adam's backing vocals is Jared MacEachern of tourmates SANCTITY.

Duce's leg is healing normally and he's currently on track to rejoin the band for the rest of their 2007 tour schedule, starting with their Loudpark 07 (Japan) date in late October.

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Arch Enemy Release New E-Card

The new ARCH ENEMY album, "Rise Of The Tyrant," is now available. The effort marks the reunion of the heralded Amott brothers guitar tandem.

A new E-Card is now available, which features a trailer for their new video 'Revolution Begins', a photo gallery, downloadable wallpaper and MySpace banner and the 'Blood On Your Hands' MP3 track. Click here to check it out.

The group are currently in the midst of The Black Tyranny Tour, a massive co-headlining North American trek with MACHINE HEAD, which also features THROWDOWN and SANCTITY in the support slots.

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More Metal Removed From Disney Property

Greg Burk of the Los Angeles Times reports that five heavy-metal concerts scheduled at House of Blues clubs on Walt Disney Co. property in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida have been hastily shifted to other venues or canceled recently, according to House of Blues web site calendars.

A Sept. 7 show featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY, booked two months earlier, was moved on two days' notice from the House of Blues in Anaheim's Downtown Disney entertainment complex to the Glass House in Pomona. Thursday's concert with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD and THE ABSENCE, originally slated for the Anaheim House of Blues, was moved to the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. A Sept. 26 Anaheim House of Blues concert featuring OBITUARY, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS and HEMLOCK has been canceled outright.

At the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., on Disney World property, a Sept. 17 concert of the MACHINE HEAD lineup has been moved to Club Firestone in downtown Orlando. The same action has been taken with the Oct. 11 CANNIBAL CORPSE package.

Asked about the scheduling changes, John Vlautin, vice president of communications for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel), the concert-promotion organization that owns the nationwide House of Blues chain, issued a statement Thursday that said only: "House of Blues offers a range of entertainment to match the audience at our venues. It was determined that the mix of entertainment at our two Disney locations should be different from our other venues."

Vlautin declined to comment on why metal bands have been singled out after years of similar bookings or whether other metal events already scheduled, including SUFFOCATION, EDGUY and STATIC-X, will be affected.

Rob Doughty, communications vice president for Disneyland Resorts, declined to comment, referring inquiries to Vlautin. Paul McGuigan, concert promoter at the Anaheim House of Blues, also declined to comment through a club spokeswoman.

The Walt Disney Co., through Vlautin, issued a short statement Thursday that included no specifics about the shifts of the metal concerts: "In consultation with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the House of Blues will provide a mix of entertainment for guests visiting Disney Resorts."

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