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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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."
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.
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.
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."
The following message has been posted by Machine Head's official Myspace:
"In a not-so-stunning move, The Walt Disney Company have once again pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance at a House of Blues venue on Disney property, this time in Orlando, a mere four days after the band's previous announcement called out the corporation for their underhanded tactics regarding the cancellation of Friday's House of Blues Anaheim show on 2 days notice.
While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that once again, vague threats of liability, and now threats on job security may have been levied, successfully resulting in the show being moved off of Disney property.
As a result, the September 17th show has now been relocated to Club Firestone in Orlando, FL (located at 578 N. Orange Ave). All existing tickets will be redeemable for entry at Club Firestone, all Will Call pickups will now be available for pickup at the new venue, and all refund requests will be honored.
As they are not on Disney property and therefore not subject to the corporation's alleged coercionary tactics, the Dallas, New Orleans, Cleveland and Chicago House of Blues shows will go on as scheduled.
On behalf of all four bands on the bill, Machine Head wish to again extend their gratitude to Live Nation and the House of Blues for their poise and tolerance during these absurd developments."
The following message has been posted via the official Machine Head myspace:
"In a stunning last-minute move, Walt Disney Properties have pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance tomorrow night at the House of Blues venue in Anaheim (on their Disneyland property). Citing violent imagery, undesirable fans and inflammatory lyrics as the reason, the diversity-impaired corporation began pressuring the promoter on Saturday to cancel all upcoming heavy metal concerts, placing Machine Head under an internal "review process" that took 5 days before bothering to convey their alarming decision to the band late yesterday - less than 48 hours before their Black Tyranny Tour was to kick off at House of Blues Anaheim on Friday night.
While the enactment of this new blanket rule applies to all upcoming heavy metal shows at the House Of Blues Anaheim (with some metal bands having been banned from performing on name alone), Machine Head is the first band to actually have tickets go on sale, and remain on sale for 2 months, before intense pressure and vague threats of liability from the Corporation left the promoter with no choice but to remove the show from the venue.
As a result, Live Nation's Paul McGuigan did the honorable thing and incredibly, on one days notice, managed to salvage the tour's opening night by moving the first date of The Black Tyranny tour (featuring Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown, and Sanctity) to The Glass House in Pomona, CA (located at 200 W. Second Street). All existing tickets will be redeemable for entry at The Glass House, and all Will Call pickups will now be available for pickup at the new venue. Any fans unable to make the 70-mile trip to The Glass House as a result of this ridiculous turn of events will be able to have their money refunded in full. Strangely, all other Black Tyranny dates at House Of Blues venues on Disney property will remain unaffected.
On behalf of all four bands on the bill, Machine Head wish to extend their gratitude to promoter Paul McGuigan and Live Nation for finding an alternate venue for tomorrow night's show on such short notice."
As previously reported on September 2, MACHINE HEAD has confirmed that it has recruited Brandon Sigmund from fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY to handle the bass parts on the group's upcoming 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 will be Jared MacEachern of tourmates SANCTITY.
"We're really stoked to have found guys as killer as Brandon and Jared to help us through this situation," MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain said in a statement. "We can't wait to get out there and give our fans in the States the headlining show they've been waiting for, especially with bands like ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY on the bill".
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 date in Japan on October 20.
HOSTILITY's video for the song "None for All" can be viewed below. The clip was filmed late last year at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California with director David Kluger.
"None for All" comes off HOSTILITY's critically acclaimed debut album "Uncompromised" (The Pen/Voltaic Records), which was mixed by producer Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, SEPULTURA). Richardson previously stated about the CD, "If you want ultimate heaviness, BUY THIS ALBUM!" More...
MACHINE HEAD's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"MACHINE HEAD's 'Best Album' win at last Thursday's Kerrang! Awards over pop-rock powerhouses MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and FALL OUT BOY has apparently cut deep with fans of both bands, prompting a flood of angry whining and sad-faced emoticons on the Kerrang! message boards. MACHINE HEAD's upset victory over the multi-platinum softcore acts sent their inherently sensitive fans into an emotional frenzy, building into a tizzy of unparalleled proportions. Wrought with dismay, polished fingernails the world over lashed out at the band and metal as a whole with diatribes the likes of 'MCR really should have won!!! I'm mad now!!!!' 'What a load of shit, who the fuck listens to them?' and "Stupid MACHINE HEAD!!' at times stooping so low as to say the competition was fixed, and often gravely endangering the integrity of their carefully sideswept hair with posts like 'I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL, I H8 METAL.'
"Not surprisingly, MACHINE HEAD fans responded en masse to the tirades, lashing back in defense of the band and the undisputed quality of the album, citing critical praise, technicality, songwriting and fan response to 2007's 'The Blackening', as well as the band's influence on and history within their genre, with the occasional 'MACHINE HEAD piss all over anything MCR have ever done" thrown in for good measure.
"To much less Internet-based commotion, the band also took home the 'Hard Rock Hero' award, netting them two Kerrang! awards for the first time since 'Burn My Eyes' where they received 'Best International Band' and 'Best Video' for 'Davidian'."
According to BBC News, Welsh rock act LOSTPROPHETS has been named "Best British Band" at the Kerrang! awards for the second year in a row.
Four-times nominees ENTER SHIKARI won "Best Live Act", with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE securing Best International Band — also from four nominations.
San Francisco metal group MACHINE HEAD scooped "Best Album" for "The Blackening", while 30 SECONDS TO MARS won "Best Single" for "The Kill".
Birmingham heavy metal veterans JUDAS PRIEST won the "Hall Of Fame" honor.
Industrial rock group NINE INCH NAILS was presented with an icon award by Hollywood actress and rock singer Juliette Lewis in recognition of their long-standing career.
Experimental heavy rock band the DEFTONES was also honored with the classic "Songwriter Award" for "creating memorable and timeless songs".
MACHINE HEAD and ENTER SHIKARI won an additional two gongs — "Hard Rock Hero" and "Spirit of Independence" respectively.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Machine Head bassist Adam Duce will miss this Fall's highly-anticipated Black Tyranny Tour in the U.S. due to a broken leg suffered while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Initially thought to be nothing more than a bad sprain, x-rays later confirmed the break, which required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.
A disappointed Duce laments, "It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we'll have to find a replacement for me. I've never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when Machine Head would be playing and I wouldn't be on stage."
The band are currently rehearsing with temporary bassist candidates and are in the final stages of selecting Duce's replacement, the details of which will be announced as soon as they are determined. All Black Tyranny dates in the U.S. will go on as scheduled, and Duce will be returning for the Australian and European legs of The Black Crusade Tour, beginning with the band's Loudpark date in Japan.
The latest North American “The Black Tyranny Tour” tour dates featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN, and SANCTITY are as follows: More...
In a posting on their official website, MACHINE HEAD have just announced they will be performing a warm-up show for "The Black Tyranny Tour" on September 5 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.
Here are the confirmed dates for "The Black Tyranny Tour" with ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY:
Sept. 7 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's Las Vegas
Sept. 9 - San Diego, CA - Soma
Sept. 11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto The-re
Sept. 13 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Sept. 14 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Sept. 15 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Sept. 17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Sept. 18 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Sept. 19 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Sept. 21 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
Sept. 23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sept. 24 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
Sept. 26 - Philly, PA - Trocadero
Sept. 27 - Buffalo, NY - Evolution
Sept. 28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sept. 29 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct. 1 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Oct. 2 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
Oct. 5 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Oct. 7 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Oct. 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Oct. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 13 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Machine Head's frontman, Robert Flynn has posted the following update on the band's site:
"Man, it's just an endless stream of good news here in Machine Head-land, we are so fucking stoked to be going out with some of our favorite bands, here in the U.S., on what is sure to be THE most brutal metal tour of the Fall! Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity are going to bring the pain to you motherfuckers, and carnage will have no rules on this tour. Beware The Black Tyranny!!!"
Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow adds, "Arch Enemy teaming up with Machine Head in the U.S. is a big FUCK YOU to everybody who dwells in the past! We certainly aren't! Instead we’re looking forward to crushing the U.S. together and leaving nothing but a tangled wreck of molten metal in our wake!"
Gossow continues, "As an added bonus for Arch Enemy fans, this will be the first time in three years that the (recently reunited) Amott brothers will be bringing their insane dual-guitar shredding to American soil! I am very excited to get back on stage and celebrate the sheer power of extreme music, all wrapped up in this fantastic tour package!"
"Let freedom ring with a METAL blast!!!"
As previously announced, Machine Head will be headlining their "Black Tyranny Tour" which will feature Arch Enemy who will also perform a headlining set and Throwdown and Sanctity as supporting bands. The tour begins September 7th and runs until October, all confirmed dates are as follows:
9.7 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
9.8 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
9.9 - San Diego, CA - Soma
9.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
9.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9.14 - Houston, TX - Meridian
9.15 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
9.17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
9.18 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
9.19 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
9.21 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
9.22 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
9.23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
9.24 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
9.26 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
9.27 - Buffalo, NY - Evolution
9.28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
9.29 - Montreal, QU - The Medley
10.1 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10.2 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
10.3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10.5 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
10.6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
10.7 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
10.9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
10.10 - Albequerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10.13 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Fan-filmed video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — performing at the Underworld in London, England on June 18, 2007 has been posted at YouTube.
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL made its live debut on June 3 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...
More dates have been released for the upcoming North American “The Black Tyranny Tour” featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN, and SANCTITY:
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
September 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian’s
September 9 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
September 11 - Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
September 13 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
September 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 15 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
September 17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
September 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 19 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
September 21 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
September 22 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
September 24 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
September 27 - Buffalo, NY @ Evolution
September 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 29 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 1 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 2 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
October 5 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
October 6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
October 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops
October 9 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
October 13 - Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Machine Head and Arch Enemy will team up for a North American tour beginning in early September. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are hardcore band Throwdown and thrashers Sanctity. The following dates have been released so far:
Sep. 07 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Sep. 08 - Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's Las Vegas
Sep. 09 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Sep. 11 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Sep. 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Machine Head will be joined by Arch Enemy, Dragonforce, Trivium, and Shadows Fall for the Black Crusade tour throughout Europe this fall. Previously they had only signed on to a handful of Australian dates, but with such an amazing reception at this summer's festivals, decided to stick around.
[Correction: It has been brought to my attention that Machine Head are the headliners of this whole tour and together with Trivium, were instrumental in pulling the whole thing together, hence the title 'The Black Crusade,' drawing from the two bands' current album titles ('The Blackening' and 'The Crusade'). They didn't only sign on for the Aussie dates, as the whole idea of the tour was theirs to start with. Machine Head are headlining the tour, not Arch Enemy as the previous headline may have implied. -deathbringer]
The tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
Nov. 21 - Manchester, UK - MEN Arena
Nov. 23 - Birmingham, UK - NEC
Nov. 24 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
Nov. 25 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
Nov. 26 - Cardiff, UK - CIA Arena
Nov. 28 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Nov. 29 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Nov. 30 - Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
Dec. 1 - Cologne, Germany - The Palladium
Dec. 2 - Stuttgart, Germany - Messe Congress
Dec. 3 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
Dec. 5 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
Dec. 6 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Dec. 7 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eulachhalle
Dec. 9 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Dec. 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Halle
Dec. 11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
Dec. 13 - Tampere, Finland - Old Ice Hall
Dec. 14 - Helsinki, Finland - Old Ice Hall
MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed as special guests for next weekend's Wembley Stadium show on July 8.
Following their victorious Saturday set at the Download Festival and the release of their universally lauded "The Blackening" album, MACHINE HEAD are more than ready to take on 70,000 loyal metalheads at the new national stadium.
To say MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel is looking forward to it would be an understatement. "Holy Crap!!!" he enthuses. "A monstrous cherry just got plopped on top of our already huge European festival run pie, in the shape of the METALLICA show at Wembley Stadium. Are you effin' kidding me?!? We couldn't have asked for a better ending to this amazing ride through Europe than to play with our Bay Area brothers at this legendary venue. WOO HOO!!"
MACHINE HEAD are set to take the stage at 5:15PM. A few remaining seated tickets are on sale now at Live Nation, priced £40.
Machine Head has replaced Bullet For My Valentine as one of the opening acts for Metallica on July 8 at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Also scheduled to appear are H.I.M. and Mastodon.
Bullet For My Valentine cancelled its appearance at Wembley and several other European dates in order to allow frontman Matt Tuck to undergo tonsillectomy (a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed).
Professionally filmed video footage of Machine Head's entire performance at the Download festival on June 9, 2007 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Tune into this week's Headbangers Ball, which airs at 11pm EST, Saturday night on MTV2, to watch videos from Machine Head, Trivium, and more captivating interview segments provided by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Here's the complete video playlist:
HellYeah - You Wouldn't Know
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Job For A Cowboy - Embedded
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Kamelot - Ghost Opera (debut)
Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh
Black Label Society - In This River (From Dimebag Darrell 2007 Rock Walk Induction)
Alice In Chains - Sea Of Sorrow
Trivium - The Rising
Damageplan - Explode
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Clutch - Electric Worry
Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
Diecast - Fade Away
Death Before Dishonor - Break Through It All
Mudvayne - Happy
Alabama Thunderpussy - Words of A Dying Man
Amon Amarth - Cry of The Black Birds
Gojira - To Sirius