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.
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
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.