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.
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
Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."
Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.
Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.
A Special Edition of Machine Head’s forthcoming album, ’The Blackening,’ is already being planned. The special edition will include a bonus track ‘Battery’ and a DVD on the ‘Making Of The Album’ and 2006 Tour Documentary.
GOJIRA have posted multiple video clips of the band's live performances on the road with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head while on the band's second-ever North American tour. Select video clips and photos from the road can be found here, including a clip with a cameo from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, while clips from each night's performance can be found on YouTube.
Currently supporting the North American release of 'From Mars To Sirius' through Prosthetic Records, GOJIRA will stay out on the road with the tour through April 5. Released in North America in August 2006, the record has met with critical acclaim and will be followed by re-releases of GOJIRA's 'The Link' album and 'The Link Alive' DVD through Listenable Records later this spring, previously only available in Europe.
Here are the remaining GOJIRA tour dates: More...
LiveDaily.com reports: Heaven and Hell--featuring two founding members of Black Sabbath along with interim Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio and former Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice--have announced dates for an inaugural US tour this spring.
Original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who was originally announced as being part of the reunion, has been replaced by Appice, who joined the group for a brief stretch in the early '80s and appeared on two of the group's albums.
The US dates follow the band's earlier announcement of a March trek through Canada, ending with a March 30 one-off at New York's Radio City Music Hall, a date which sold out in a "matter of minutes," according to the group's publicist.
The new dates kick off April 22 in Phoenix and will see the group canvas 20 cities across the country, starting off on the West Coast and slowly moving eastward. Tickets go on sale to the public March 9, except for the May 2 Houston date, which will go on sale March 17. A special fan presale for all dates will take place Wednesday (3/7) beginning at noon EST. More information on the presale can be obtained at a special website set up by the group.
Opening support for the trek will include fellow metal icons Megadeth, who will preview material from their forthcoming new album, "United Abominations," due in stores May 8. Additional support will come from Machine Head, backing its new album, "The Blackening," which is set for a March 27 release.
Here are the confirmed Heaven and Hell North American tour dates: More...
Machine Head have recently posted an E-Card from their upcoming album, 'The Blackening' via the RoadRunner Records website. The songs featured include Halo, Aesthetics of Hate, and Now I Lay Thee Down.
The band also posted a new set of promotional photos that were taken in February.
"The Blackening" is due out on March 27. Machine Head is currently on tour with labelmates Trivium until April in support of Lamb of God.
Machine Head brings you into the studio as they record their forthcoming album, "The Blackening." This is the third and last installment before the March 27th release of The Blackening, and is an extra you can't find anywhere else. You can watch the video here.
Machine Head is currently on tour with labelmates Trivium until April in support of Lamb of God.
Robert Flynn, Machine Head frontman is set to finish his vocals for an as-yet-untitled new song, which is to be used as a bonus track/b-side in correlation with the band’s forthcoming sixth studio album ‘The Blackening’
‘Aesthetics of Hate’ is a new song available for download from this location. The track which is taken from ‘The Blackening’ was inspired by an article written by William Grim, labelled "Aesthetics of Hate: R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott, & Good Riddance", Robert Flynn said of the article:
"It basically said that Dime was untalented and that he reaped what he sowed," Flynn told MTV.com about the article. (Grim called Abbott "an ignorant, barbaric, untalented possessor of a guitar" who looks "more simian than human" and "part of a generation that has confused sputum with art and involuntary reflex actions with emotion"). "It's one thing to have an opinion about an artist, but the thing that was the most offensive to me was how it then went on to cast this huge generalization over the metal community, calling us pathetic for mourning his death. He called us all ugly and fat. I wanted to punch the fucking computer screen when I read that article."
Robert Flynn will be appearing on Bruce Dickinson’s BBC Radio 6 show, ‘Rock Show’ on 24th Feburary, you can listen online to the program live between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. at BBC.co.uk.
"The Blackening" final track listing follows:
01. Clenching the Fists of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
08. A Farewell to Arms
You can now download an MP3 of Machine Head's "Aesthetics of Hate," from their upcoming album "The Blackening" for free. To do so, visit this page, fill out your info and you'll be emailed with the download link.
The Blackening arrives in stores on March 27th and you can catch Machine Head on tour with Lamb of God, Trivium and Gojira starting today.
Machine Head posted the following on their website:
The heartiest of congratulations to Robert and wife Genevra on the birth of their second son! Wyatt Lee Flynn was born Sunday, January 14th at 4:10 a.m., weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 20 3/4" tall!
Dave McClain checked in from the band's website.
Happy New Year to everybody!! Looking forward to getting back on the road and unleashing the new album on everyone! Everything is finally coming together. Artwork and CD booklet getting finalized, mastering is complete and preparations for the Lamb Of God tour are underway!!
I started practicing today by myself and getting in "show shape". I practice a lot on my own but today I started playing like I would if we were doing a show, just basically hitting a lot harder and running through a lot of songs back to back. A good day of practicing, I already feel like I'm in "mid tour" form. So, about three songs into playing, I feel some blisters start to form. I was going to put some tape around them just to keep them from popping and ripping open but I kept playing on and two songs later I actually got to see two chunks fly off my hand!!! Yes!! I hardly ever get to see them fly off. My lucky day I guess!
Anyway, back to the tour.
I've never seen Gojira before but heard some of the their stuff and heard that they're a killer live band.
Of course we already know the Trivium guys really well and have crossed paths a few times. Hmmmm, I see booze in our future!!
I can safely say that Lamb Of God are one of my favorite metal bands. Killer riffs, great musicians and after doing some shows with them and coming out to a few on our own and hanging out with them, I can also say that they're cool people as well. Really looking forward to watching Chris play every night. I see more booze in our future!
That's about it. See ya on the road!!
Roadrunner Records posted the following concerning Machine Head's new album:
Machine Head will be releasing their new album, The Blackening, through Roadrunner this Spring, and among the various finishing touches being made, we can now reveal the final cover artwork for you HERE.
Is that METAL or what?
Now that the album's music is also 'in the can,' Machine Head will embark on a TOUR with Trivium, Lamb of God and Gojira, starting February 16th - get your tickets today.
Visit www.machinehead1.com to view clips of the band's studio sessions for The Blackening.
While there's not expected to be any official announcement for a while confirming bands for this year's Download Festival, the latest rumours put the following in the frame: Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, My Chemical Romance, Tool, Heaven And Hell and Machine Head. Tickets for the event, happening at Donington from June 8-10, should go on sale next month.
Machine Head's new album "The Blackening" is tentatively set for a March 27th release date through Roadrunner. "The Blackening" was recorded at Sharkbite Studios, in Oakland, California and is mixed by Colin Richardson (Fear Factory, Sepultura).
As previously reported, Machine Head will be supporting Lamb of God along with Gojira and Trivium this winter through early spring.
Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel recently spoke to Ultimate Guitar about 'The Blackening', and their Mercyful Fate influence.
Ultimate Guitar: After everything the band has been through over the years, did you approach songwriting differently on "The Blackening"?
Phil: I think we kind of carried over a lot of the same process that we did on the last album, as far as the writing for ourselves. We write for ourselves and that's what our fans like. So we stayed with that formula with this. This will be the first time that I was with band from the beginning as far as the writing process is concerned. I joined on the last album and only helped write three songs. They had pretty much 95 percent of the album already written. So with this one, I was involved in the beginning. Robb (Flynn, vocals/guitar) and I really had a chance to kind of go back to a little bit of our history in the early '80s thrash stage. There's a lot of fast riffing, kind of intricate, technical stuff. We kind of wanted to push ourselves. Everybody in the band, we just kind of wanted to push ourselves musically. So what can you expect from "The Blackening"? Long songs! A couple 10-minute songs, a couple eight-minute songs. Just really the most intricate and most technical MACHINE HEAD record to date.
Ultimate Guitar: Talk a little about those 10-minute songs. What are they called and what was the process behind those in comparison with the other tracks?
Phil: The opener is called "Clenching The Fists of Dissent". It's basically 10 minutes because there's kind of an intro at the beginning. What basically started with the song is Dave (McClain, drums) coming up with something. We had like a middle section and it was really rocking kind of double-bass, a cool breakdown. Robb is really good at melodic little breakdowns. As we add the intro to it and the stomping, moshing metal part to it, the songs just tend to grow. We end up adding riffs to it that we don't want to lose. It's just like, "Why? Why do we have to take it out?" We're not a radio-driven band. It's just like, "Man, we like it. That's all that matters. Let's keep it in."
Ultimate Guitar: Were there certain bands that had an influence on the way the band constructs its songs?
Phil: Definitely. There are certain elements to these songs that made us think like that. One comes to mind in the song called "Wolves", METALLICA does come up because it's a staple of metal. But there's a band called MERCYFUL FATE, and they've got timing changes in their stuff. We are really influenced guitar-wise, Robb and I, from some of the stuff that Hank (Shermann) and Michael Denner do. We totally have a couple parts where people are gonna go, "Oh, man, that's totally MERCYFUL FATE right there!"
Ultimate Guitar: Are there any particular solos on "The Blackening" that you spent more time going over and perfecting?
Phil: There's a solo in the song "Halo" that has like a 16-count hold, where it's just me playing. I had originally written a hold for this riff that I had, and then Robb changed it. So it became something else and I was really struggling with it. I came in and actually recorded something for it, and all three guys from the band just kind of went, "Oh, dude, you're so much better than that." So I think the solo in "Halo" I'm pretty proud of.
Ultimate Guitar: Have the other members of the band told you if the songwriting process was much different before you joined the band?
Phil: I'm not too sure. I've heard them say that it's kind of familiar with the way when the first guitar player was in the band. Robb and I, we were both in a band previously, in a thrash band called VIO-LENCE. So we spent a considerable amount of time playing together. When I first joined the band, it was just like crazy how things were just flying out, ad-libbing it. So I think as far as a writing partner, Robb and I might be the closest. That's what makes it different.
Read the full article at Ultimate Guitar.
Returning to the U.S. after a sold-out tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, Lamb of God is excited to announce a headlining American tour in 2007 with Bay Area Metal Titans Machine Head, modern day metal traditionalists Trivium and France's heaviest metal export Gojira. Having spent the summer of 2006 on the Unholy Alliance Tour with metal pioneer's Slayer and joining Megadeth for the Gigantour tour in September, LOG will kick-off this tour in Dallas on February 16 as they bring their pummeling live show across the U.S. and Canada.
Band drummer Chris Adler states, "When you are a kid, you dream of playing your music in an arena. Once you've done it, you realize how much you miss the power and energy of a kick ass club show. We've been fortunate to be playing some big places as of late, but when we started talking about a spring 2007 Sacrament tour, we agreed (and had heard it repeatedly over the past 2 years from the fans!!!) that it would be incredibly intense for everyone to bring the machine that is LAMB OF GOD back into the clubs.. There is no comparing the connection and shared energy of a club show. The blood, sweat, and beer flying - that's a proper metal show! This is intense music for intense people - we're sick of the seats, the ushers and the lame security guards telling people to calm down!"
"We probably should have left it at that, but in true LAMB OF GOD form we pushed it further. With a little help from our friends, we put an arena show bill together and told our booking agent to put it into the clubs and theaters - and oh yeah, not just any clubs - lets make sure to hit a lot of cities that normally get overlooked. Let's bring the best show we can to the people that have been left waiting for far too long. This is going to be completely out of hand and we can't fucking wait! You have been warned!!!"
The following tour dates have been confirmed: More...
TheGauntlet.com recently sat down with Machine Head's Rob Flynn for a very revealing interview that takes you inside the thought processes behind the making and touring of Burn My Eyes and The Burning Red, amongst other things.
Flynn also spills the beans on the sounds, shapes and images that will become Machine Head's spring 2007 release, The Blackening.
You can read the interview here.
Colin Richardson recently gushed over the new album:
"Currently mixing the new Machine Head album...
Robert Flynn and the boys have done it again, only better! What a fucking joy to mix. Robert has done a brilliant job on the production and there's excellent engineering work from Mark Keaton. It's all there for a killer mix!! What a pleasure. And THE SONGS! The songs can only be described as classic Machine Head at their finest, yet still somehow better.
Just wait till you get your hands on this one!!"
An original Megaforce-issued VIO-LENCE "Opressing the Masses" press kit - featuring a black leather-like folder with a VIO-LENCE sticker; three glossy promo pictures; three original slides, and a two-page signed statement from vocalist Sean Killian about the controversy about the "Torture Tactics" track deletion, among other items - was sold on eBay for a whopping $967.27.
This past summer, Megaforce released a two-disc DVD from VIO-LENCE, entitled "Blood and Dirt". Produced and directed by Jerry Allen of Metallian Productions, "Blood and Dirt" is over three and a half hours long and contains "a ton of live footage spanning the band's entire existence as well as a full-length documentary on the history of the band. Included in the documentary is commentary by all the members of VIO-LENCE (going back to the DEATH PENALTY days) as well as comments by fellow Bay Area thrashers EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN and many others. You also hear from Bay Area historians Ron Quintana and Walter Morgan, as well as legendary band manager Debbie Abono and many others including comments from VIO-LENCE fans themselves.
Former VIO-LENCE and current MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel announced that the DVD will serve as VIO-LENCE's "final release and function as a band. There will be no more re-releases, reunions or re-anything. We had a blast writing and performing for you and once again, wholeheartedly, thank you all for it."
Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim's in San Francisco and was mixed by Chris Hanson.