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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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
Machine Head, Trivium and Arch Enemy have added the following Australian leg to their upcoming "Black Crusade Tour":
October 28th Perth, AUS - The Metro
October 30th Adelaide, AUS - The Barton
October 31st Melbourne, AUS - Festival Hall
November 01st Sydney, AUS - Luna Park
November 02nd Sydney, AUS - Luna Park
November 03rd Brisbane, AUS - Riverstage
More stops have been added to Machine Head and Trivium's upcoming co-headlining "The Black Crusade Tour" with Dragonforce, Shadows Fall and Arch Enemy, the latest include:
November 28th Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmarte
November 29th Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmarte
November 30th Amsterdam, NET - Heineken Music Hall
December 01st Koln, GER - The Palladium
December 02nd Stuttgart, GER - Messe Congress
December 03rd Munich, GER - Tonhalle
December 07th Winterhur, SWI - Eulachhalle
December 09th Wiesbaden, GER - Schlacthof
December 10th Copenhagen, DEN - KB Halle
December 13th Tampere, FIN - Old Ice Hall
December 14th Helsinki, FIN - Old Ice Hall
THE BLACK CRUSADE tour brings together four of the leading lights in metal for a string of UK arena shows. Headed up by MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM, the tour will march through the UK with DRAGONFORCE, ARCH ENEMY and a third special guest act (TBA) in tow.
TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy is equally excited: "It's going to be a really amazing show for the fans. Rarely is there a tour where every single band is such a dominating force in the music world. MACHINE HEAD have always been revolutionary in bringing monumental albums every damn time they put one out; DRAGONFORCE are sweeping (literally and guitar-atively) the entire world with their lightning fast precision and incredibly memorable tracks; and ARCH ENEMY are queen and kings of a metal capable of being so brutal and heavy, yet so melodic and catchy. It's great to look at this line-up purely as a music fan and know that us Triviums are gonna have a fantastic time ourselves, being able to watch some of our favourite bands who also happen to be some of our best friends in the metal world."
The Black Crusade Tour dates confirmed so far include:
Tue 20 Nov Glasgow SECC
Wed 21 Nov Manchester MEN Arena
Fri 23 Nov Birmingham NEC
Sat 24 Nov London Brixton Academy
Sun 25 Nov London Brixton Academy
Mon 26 Nov Cardiff CIA Arena
Machine Head have confirmed their overseas schedule for the summer, here's the dates:
June 07th Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy (Feat. Lamb Of God, Chimaira)
June 08th Belfast, IRE - Balmoral Hall (Feat. Killswitch Engage, Chimaira)
June 09th Donington, UK - Download
June 11th London, UK - Metal Hammer Awards (Feat. Lamb Of God, Dimmu Borgir)
June 13th Hamburg, GER - Docks (Feat. As I Lay Dying, Dew-Scented)
June 15th Nickelsdorf, AUT - Nova Rock
June 16th Biddinghuizen, NET - Fields of Rock
June 19th Milan, ITA - Live Music Club (Feat. Mastodon, Chimaira)
June 20th Rome, ITA - Olympic Stadium (Feat. Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Mastodon)
June 22nd Clisson, FRA - Hellfest
June 30th Gothenburg, SWE - Metaltown (Feat. Slayer, Mastodon, Stone Sour)
July 02nd Kristiansand, NOR - Quart Festival
July 05th Piestany, SLO - Hodokvas (Feat. Placebo, Korn)
July 07th Roskilde, DEN - Roskilde Festival
Britain's Download Festival (Downloadfestival.co.uk) is set to take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. This year's festival will be webcast live the festival website here.
To view the complete festival lineup, go here.
The new Ruin Magazine with Zakk Wylde on the cover will be in Hot Topic this week. Other features in the magazine include James Root and Josh Rand on Stone Sour, Trivium's Matt and Corey, studio features on DevilDriver and 3 Inches of Blood, an interview with Joey Jordison about Slipknot, Robb Flynn on Machine Head, and a one-pager with Corey Taylor of Stone Sour.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update covering their tour with Heaven and Hell and Megadeth to "Get Thrashed":
"I write to you from the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States of muthafuckin' America. We have been out with the HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH guys now for almost three weeks, and man, what can I say... it's pretty unbelievable. Huge dressing rooms, killer catering, every enormo-bottle of Grey Goose vodka the venue can muster up, huge stages, killer lights, killer monitors, killer sound... and, we're on tour with BLACK SABBATH and MEGADETH... life is fuckin' good man.
"It's crazy, we've been having a blast on this tour. Tony Iommi walks by, 'You enjoying the tour?'... Dio pops into the dressing room with expensive wine and talks sports... Vinny Appice gives you a few beers... Geezer cracks a joke at his assistant's expense... it's like being in some alternate universe.
"The HEAVEN AND HELL camp have been amazing, treating us really well, a lot of respect, lots of love from the crew. They've made us feel very welcome. Even when they're kinda mad at us for all of our drunken friends they still give us the benefit of the doubt. The other night after the Texas show, we had so many fuckin' people in our dressing room partying and raging that they literally had security form a line between our dressing room and theirs, because every time one of 'em would walk out of their dressing room, one of our dumbass friends would beeline toward them — zombie like — 'Rooooooooooonnnnnniie!... Bleargh!!' They're really cool about it though, their people said, 'Can you and all your drunk friends please just go to the green room and party?' We're like 'Uhh... okay.'
"You can't really blame our drunk-ass friends though, it's not often that you see Tony Iommi standing 20 feet away from you. I can totally relate, Christ, it took me a week and a half just to muster up the balls to say 'Hi.' I never get starstruck, I mean, I NEVER get starstruck, but man, I don't know what it is... I see Iommi and there's so many things I want to say, and then I think, 'Nooo... I don't want to say any of that!' I have to do it before the tour's over though, I'll kick myself for the rest of my life if I don't.
"And man... they sound un-fucking-believable too, 'Holy Diver'!!!! Dio's voice is unreal!!! The band sounds great, they've got a really loose feel to their songs, lots of jamming, extended parts; which I was surprised about, I assumed they'd be strict about staying true to the records but there's a lot of improv onstage, it's bad-ass to watch. More...
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP), featuring TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy and former EXODUS singer Steve "Zetro" Souza, have announced the following upcoming tour dates:
3 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
8 - San Francisco, CA - Fat City
9 - Concord, CA - Time Out Tavern
13 - West Midlands, UK - J.B.'s
16 - Biddinghuizen, NL - Fields Of Rock Fest
18 - London, UK - The Underworld
19 - Bradford, UK - Rio's
Dublin Death Patrol also features Andy Billy (guitar - SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT), Greg Bustamante (guitar - Rampage), Steve Robello (guitar - OUT OF CONTROL), Philthy Demmelition (aka Phil Demmel, guitar - MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR), Willy Langenhuizen (bass - Rampage, LAAZ ROCKIT), John Souza (bass) and Danny Cunningham (drums).
The band's debut DDP 4 Life, is out now via Godfodder Records.
MACHINE HEAD will support metal icons IRON MAIDEN, along with MOTÖRHEAD and MASTODON, at Rome's Olympic Stadium on June 20. The star-studded lineup is but one of many great MACHINE HEAD dates in Europe this summer, including the U.K.'s Download, Germany's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, Sweden's prestigious Metaltown festival, Denmark's Roskilde, Holland's Fields of Rock and a number of headlining dates with support coming from the mighty KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON and CHIMAIRA.
For a list of upcoming MACHINE HEAD tour dates, click here.
Guitarist and vocalist Robb Flynn checked in from the road via Machine Head's Tour Diary:
The world loves that “Bay Area Crunch”...GOD DAMN!!!!
I mean, fuckin’ WOW!!!
HOW 'BOUT IT?!?! The Head are the 1st Bay Area "metal" band in the top ANYTHING in probably the last 10 friggin' years, let alone the top 12, 20, 30, 50 of the music charts across the world?!?! Howa-bout-it... The Bay is back on the map!
#54 on the U.S. Billboard charts...?! That’s the highest U.S. charting we've ever had by a long shot, and about 30% more sales than almost every other MH record released in the US including BME, TMTC, SC and TTAOE. Everywhere else in the world, "The Blackening" was hands-down our biggest 1st-week seller EVER... in the HISTORY of the band!!
And to have the biggest 1st-week sales / highest chartings in the history of the friggin' band... in every country throughout the world... with no video being aired... no "single" at radio... on our 6th friggin' album... which opens with a friggin' 10 1/2 minute song?!?! Well, dear Head-Cases, life is pretty fuckin' sweet! And supposedly the record industry is in a slump?! Shiiiiit, all things considered, things in Machine Head-land are goin' pretty fuckin’ good man. Head-Cases, you motherfuckers went out there and made a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE statement to the world... seriously... I’m not gonna get too brainiac on it, whatever it is...WHAT - EVER it is...YOU - KICK - FUCKING - ASS!!!
And don’t stop now!! Keep spreading the word!!
On a different note, for the "collectors" out there, I was recently made aware of a couple of misprints on the 1st pressing of "The Blackening". On the U.S., International, and 'bonus' versions there is a small glitch on the cover, where somehow the 2 "squiggles" on either side of the album title "gained" a white patch under the bottom 'lip' of each squiggle... apparently a fuck-up by the film separator. All other art (stickers, shirts, posters, ads) have the correct art (if you wanna compare) and all future editions will have the correct cover art. In addition, but limited to just the U.S. version, a mastering credit didn't appear because of timing issues / art deadlines before that final mastering happened (done by the king Eddy Schreyer). All other international formats were able to include the correct mastering credit, however, so this will only need to be corrected for future pressings of the U.S. disc. All little shit no doubt, but cool stuff in case any of you are interested in that kinda stuff. As a collector dork myself, I can relate.
Aesthetics video shoot turned out sweet, very "community" heavy in theme, just a real raw, rugged, street video, very stoked to see the final edit.
LOG tour is over... fuckin' crazy... tour went by SO fast, I can't believe it's been 8 weeks!!! It was amazing, we couldn't have asked to have been on a better tour to set up what will no doubt be an incredible run for us. A loud ass "Cheers Fuckers!" to the Lamb Of God camp and crew, the Trivium's and Gojira's for making this one of the best tours we've EVER been a part of.
Altitude TV's "Metalology 101" has posted an exclusive interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier from the band's recent appearance on tour in Los Angeles with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head. Host Possum asks Joe about the French metal scene, how GOJIRA has enjoyed touring North America and some of Joe's favorite aspects and people from America. Check out the entire interview online here.
GOJIRA is playing the final date of the current tour tonight in Cincinatti before heading to the UK for a brief tour of the country with Trivium. The band is continuing to support the band's first proper North American release, From Mars To Sirius, which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records.
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has checked in after returning from touring with Lamb of God. Here's what he had to say:
"We’ve been home for a couple days getting our shit together before heading off to Ireland to start our European and UK headlining The Crusade World Tour 2007 along with very special guests and thrash kings Annihilator with our friends Gojira and Sanctity.
"Would like to thank everyone who came out to see the Lamb of God tour, we had a blast! The guys in LOG treated us great and were super cool guys to tour with , they killed it every night! It was a great pleasure to be back on the road with our good friends in Machine Head we had many nights of drinking with those guys and can’t wait to tour with them again, hopefully very soon! Our last day of the tour was in Ft. Lauderdale and besides an amazing show it was also Phil’s birthday so we went out with a bash!! (happy bday phil). The dudes in Gojira were awesome and looking forward to seeing them again in a few days overseas for another few weeks of metal mayhem.
"We are really stoked to be coming back over and playing for all over fans overseas. Everyone in Ireland and the Uk will be getting our biggest stage show we have done to date so you are in for a treat. If you haven’t picked up a ticket yet def do before they are all gone ‘cause it will def be a killer show.
"We will be playing a lot of songs from all the records so it will be a good mix for everyone to enjoy!
"I would also like give a big shout out to our message board and Myspace regulars admins’s, mod’s we do read as much of your mail as we can and appreciate all the comments, pictures, videos of some of you have created covering our music as a band or just jamming on a Dean, fan art – its all fucking great and keep it coming we love it and thanks to everyone who has came out to the shows and has picked up The Crusade; we appreciate your support and love you for everything! ‘cant wait to bring the metal to your town and have a great night of thrashing out.
"See you soon and Thanks again!! Corey"
Last week on Monday, March 26, I had the chance to get out to DC's 9:30 Club to see Lamb of God's Sacrament Tour with Trivium, Machine Head and Gojira as support. This year has been chock full of amazing tours and doesn't look to be letting up. This concert was the third sold out show in a row I've seen at the 9:30 Club, which has a capacity of over 1300 people. I was amazed upon my arrival just after 7:15 that the place was already filled to about three quarters capacity and the smell of hot, sweaty bodies already filled the air. More...
Rock Am Ring has added 37 new names to its line up. Here are the rock/metal ones:
As I Lay Dying, Bloodsimple, Breed 77, Chimaira, Disco Ensemble, Enter Shikari, Funeral For A Friend, Ghosts, Gogol Bordello, The Higher, Hinder, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Machine Head, McQueen, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Silverstein, The Sounds, Type O Negative and The Used.
Rock Am Ring will take place on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of this year.
For this week only, you can stream the entire forthcoming Machine Head album "The Blackening" on Roadrunner Australia's MySpace page.
In other news, Machine Head frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update about the first video and single off "The Blackening" as well as a reissue of "Burn My Eyes":
"Gotta couple of new developments going on in the camp. We have decided that we will not be releasing the video for 'Now I Lay Thee Down' as the first video off of 'The Blackening', the main reasoning being that we want to come out with a harder track for the first video. We came out with 'Davidian' off 'Burn My Eyes', we came with 'Ten Ton Hammer' off 'The More Things Change', we came with 'Imperium' off 'Through the Ashes of Empires'... and we feel we need to come out swinging with 'The Blackening'. It felt weird coming with a more melodic track as the first video, so us and Roadrunner spoke and thankfully they agreed, so we will be shooting another video. We would LOVE to shoot a proper video for the opening track 'Clenching the Fists of Dissent, but we are completely conundrummed about how to shorten our 10-minute-and-34-second megalithic opener down to 5 minutes without having to remove entire sections at a time, or worse, edit them down to 20 second pieces (but hey, any suggestions are welcome). So, our most likely candidate is 'Aesthetics of Hate', and we may shoot it as early as this week. It's unfortunate that we won't have a video to coincide with the release, especially since in Europe the video market is much stronger than in America, but if that's the only hiccup we encounter for this album's release, then we're WAY ahead of the 'hiccups' we had with the last one.
"Super stoked to be going out on the HEAVEN AND HELL tour in America; for those of you living under a rock, that's BLACK SABBATH with the mighty Ronnie James Dio on vocals, who recorded some of the best songs in all of metal. MEGADETH is also on the bill which is fuckin' killer, those two bands are the reason there's a MACHINE HEAD, and we are honored to be a part of it. This is gonna be all about paying homage to The Masters.
"To the best of our knowledge, the 'Burn My Eyes' re-release that was supposed to have coincided with the 25th anniversary of Roadrunner Records back in 2005 and was then re-scheduled to be released in October 2006, has been back-burnered. And as far as we're concerned, that's a good thing. This is the year of 'The Blackening', and the time frame to re-release it has passed, not to mention that the idea of re-releasing a 13-year old album that we already celebrated with two anniversary shows (three years ago) makes zero sense to us. We were never excited about reissuing it to begin with, as it was just gonna have a bunch of b-sides, and wouldn't have been nearly as cool some of the other re-issues that had DVDs and all sorts of cool shit... so, as much as some of you may be bummed, know that it's better this way.
Gutworm have issued the following update via the AntiCulture Records website:
We're happy to announce that our long awaited second album, Disfigured Narcissus will be recorded at Priory Recording Studios during March / April and will be released this September. I know what you're thinking... "about bloody time!" We're not lazy, we just didn't want to rush it! This will be new bassist Glen Pywell's debut recording with us after several months hard work, both in the practice room and on the road. Greg Chandler (Esoteric) will be producing once again so expect a killer result!! Oh yeah, dont forget about us at this year's Hellfest along with our label-mates Slit & Interlock. Bands confirmed so far include Korn, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse, Megadeth, Napalm Death plus MANY more!! Check out the official Hellfest website at www.hellfest.fr or the Myspace page. We'll be playing 2 other shows while in France, but we'll talk about those another time. Thats it for now but keep your eyes peeled, there's loadsa GW news coming up in the next couple of months.
See ya - Mr Minney