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 guitarist Phil Demmel has posted the following message on the band's official forum:
"Just got home yesterday from our week-long stint on the Sounds of the Underground tour and I'd like to thank all of you who made it out and rocked with us. Also thanks to all the bands, crews, production crew and organizers for having us and making us feel welcome.
"A big 'Fuck Yeah!' to our home base for killing it in Mountain View last week. We hadn't played here in almost two years and although it was a short set, it was far and away the best MACHINE HEAD Bay Area show since I joined. Celebrated with the CANNIBAL CORPSE guys after the gig and learned they were HUGE VIO-LENCE fans. George and Rob proceeded to play 'Eternal Nightmare' and sing every word. YES!!!!!!
"So cool to see bands from all ends of the spectrum going over so well. From TERROR to BEHEMOTH, GWAR to IN FLAMES, and TRIVIUM to CANNIBAL CORPSE, all were killin' it.
"Kinda strange walking into the Eagle's Ballroom in Milwaukee. I hadn't been in that room since Robb [Flynn, MACHINE HEAD frontman] and I played the Metalfest in '88 [with VIO-LENCE]. The set-up was different but it definitely brought up some memories for me. I know re-joining with him had brought back some of that but this was a little different. It made me appreciate the circle that I'd travelled a little more. As for the show? Sound in that big room always sucks but the crowd ruled. One of the best shows of the six.
"Of the five songs we played a night, I've heard the most comments on two. 'Bay of Pigs' and 'Aesthetics of Hate'. The latter is a new song from our forthcoming album. It's not that hard to get metal fans pissed off about a columnist dissing Dimebag and his fans. But after Robb would give his intro speech, it was amazing watching them turn that anger into huge circle pits and singing words to a song they'd never heard. Which is OK, because I don't know them either.
"This month we start recording the as-of-now untitled next album. I just call it #6. Still smoothing out some rough edges but what we have I'm extremely proud of. I'm not one to go off on 'Heavier than blah-blah-blah!!!!' and 'Crushes your these-and those!!!!' but I will say that fans of what Dave McClain calls 'just fuckin' metal' will be digging this new material. Traces of MEGADETH, PRIEST, TERROR, MERCYFUL FATE, OLD SLAYER, VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, TOOL, LAMB OF GOD, but mostly MACHINE HEAD, will make this album, this bands best from a musicianship standpoint. Lotsa McClain killer double-bass and crazy fills. Lotsa guitar solos by both of us and some harmonies as well. So stoked to get recorded."
MACHINE HEAD will enter Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California the second week of August to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2003's "Through the Ashes of Empires", tentatively due in early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. Production duties will once again be handled by the band's frontman, Robert Flynn, with assistance from Mark Keaton. Mixing sessions will be taken care of by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Aesthetics of Hate", "Halo", "The Beautiful Mourning" and "Now I Lay Thee Down".
MACHINE HEAD will enter Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California the second week of August to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2003's Through the Ashes of Empires, tentatively due in early 2007. Production duties will once again be handled by the band's frontman Robert Flynn with assistance from Mark Keaton. Mixing sessions will be taken care of by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Aesthetics of Hate", "Halo", "The Beautiful Mourning" and "Now I Lay Thee Down".
MACHINE HEAD kicked off their participation as part of the Sounds of the Underground tour yesterday in Mountain View, California. Remaining dates include:
July 31 - Denver, CO @ City Lights Pavilion
August 2 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Outside
August 3 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 5 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Machine Head have posted a preview of what to expect from their new album online here. The band are plotting to enter the studio next month to officially begin tracking the effort with band frontman/guitarist Robert Flynn handling the production, while Colin Richardson (Fear Factory, Chimaira) has signed on to mix.
Machine Head plan to start recording new material in August, according to a post by drummer Dave McClain on the band's Web site. "A few more songs to go until the writing process is completed," he wrote. "The freedom and drive we have on this album is far exceeding what we were doing on [2003's Through the Ashes of Empires]. Being able to take our time without a deadline ... has been priceless. If I could describe the songs in one word it would have to be 'angry.' I guess when you're living in times like these, it's hard not to be pissed off, and the music and lyrics are definitely a product of the anger we're all feeling."
Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.
The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.
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MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"What's up fuckers! How the hell's it goin'? The mighty MACHINE HEAD are doing fucking splendid these days. Been hanging out at home for a while now. After touring so long, it's pretty nice. Connecting with friends, drinking some beers (Pete's Wicked Ales are the shit!), hitting the weights, enjoying / complaining about the heaviest rain the Bay Area has seen in the last 100 years, getting out to a bunch of shows, it's been sweet.
"Got out to see CHILDREN OF BODOM and GOD FORBID Saturday and then went to our boys CHIMAIRA the next night. GOD FORBID killed it, as usual. They are such a good fucking band, but the big surprise for me was BODOM. Goddamn, those motherfuckers can play!!! The keyboard player was fucking ridiculous!!! And even though the guitar player [Alexi Laiho] flips his hair WAY too much, that guy can SHRED... holy shit! It's good shred too — tasty, not the fucking WHACK-ASS arpeggio overkill that so many of these metal-come-latelys are doing to death. I was a little jealous of him actually — he's one of those guys born with 'shredder fingers' (long, skinny fingers perfect for shredding). Me, on the other hand (no pun intended), I got blessed with friggin' sausage fingers, but we make the best with what we got, right? I got the wrist, man, the WRIST!!!
"CHIMAIRA were, quite frankly, AWESOME. First time seeing 'em with [returning drummer] Andols [Herrick] in a few years and he was fuckin' RAD. I always thought [Kevin] Talley was a GREAT drummer, but Andols is just 'them.' Adam [Duce, MACHINE HEAD bassist] and I got up and jammed 'Pure Hatred' with 'em, and we had a fuckin' BLAST.
"Metal is definitely on a huge upswing right now. It's pretty darn cool, but one thing I noticed at both shows, and even the IN FLAMES show a month or so back, is an alarming amount of... I don't know what to call 'em... 'scenesters' coming out. People who don't know jack shit about these bands, don't know the words, don't know the songs, don't know shit, they're just there to 'be seen' and look cool hanging out by the bar in their brand new, youth small reissue RATT t-shirt. In quite a hilarious example, IN FLAMES brought some 'fan' up on stage to sing a song off of 'Clayman' (!), and the dumb-ass didn't know ONE FUCKING WORD to the song!! What up with that?!?! Go back to your TAKING BACK SUNDAY shows, scenesters.
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MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:
David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."
Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."
Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Roadrunner Records is running a contest where the winner will receive a pair of tickets to Roadrunner United Live, which is set to take place December 15th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square in NYC. Click here to enter.
The show will feature a RR United 'house band' comprised of Joey Jordison (Slipknot) - drums, Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) - lead guitar, Dino Cazares (ex- Fear Factory, Brujeria) - rhythm guitar, and Adam Duce (Machine Head) - bass and is shaping up to be a defining event in Hard Rock history.
Special guests, including past and present Roadrunner artists and other metal icons, will join the band onstage to play 20 classic Roadrunner tunes along with a few choice cuts from The All Star Sessions .
SANGRE ETERNA, the new Oakland, California-based metal band featuring drummer Chris Kontos (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, VERBAL ABUSE, IRON VEGAN) and bassist Sean Smithson (SACRILEGE BC, GRINCH, THE UNCALLED FOUR), have launched their official MySpace page at this location. Currently available for streaming on the site are four recently recorded demo cuts from their "Swine of the Times" EP: "Trapped", "Swine of the Times", "Ceremony" and "Niraya".
Commented Kontos: "The time is prime for some crushing metal from the Bay Area... and NOT just a project, 'scrap metal' I call it... with this guy from this band, and that guy from that band. No, thanks! This is a real band - one with guts, drive, heart, and we are damned ready to bring it out raw and fast to you."
SANGRE ETERNA's curent lineup is completed by guitarists John Forcina and Ryo Shibata, along with vocalist Karl Fisher.
Austin Powell of The Daily Texan recently conducted an interview with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn about Robert's contributions to the ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, a collection of original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner Records stars. The short question-and-answer session follows:
Daily Texan: Jeff Waters (guitarist for ANNIHILATOR and solo musician on two of Flynn's tracks [on "The All-Star Sessions" CD], "The Dagger" and "Independent"), goes absolutely off on this album. What was your relationship with him before the project?
Robert Flynn: "We never toured with ANNIHILATOR. That was a little before our time. I actually met him while coming home from England. This guy standing in front of me at customs was wearing an ANNIHILATOR shirt, which is really rare. You just don't see it coming to America, so I was just like 'Are you in ANNIHILATOR?' and he was like, 'Yeah, Robert Flynn?' And I was like 'Yeah,' and we just kind of hit it off from there."
Daily Texan: Waters is definitely an amazing shredder, but let's talk about your guitar work on the album. What brought about that 3-part guitar harmony in "Independent"?
Robert Flynn: The whole concept of that song is loosely based around [late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist] 'Dimebag' Darrell. Around the time of his death this guy named William Grim put out an article on this extremely conservative web site called The Iconoclast entitled, 'R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott and Good Riddance.' It basically called him a scumbag that brought this on himself. It was pretty vile and it was published the day after his murder. I copied it, and sent it to Max Cavalera [SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA], who ended up singing on the track. So the topic of the song is a response to that and three-part guitar harmony was just going for this big, epic guitar-oriented outro piece with piano and strings as a kind of tribute to him."
Daily Texan: How did your track with Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE come about?
Robert Flynn: "I had written the song and it had a killer melodic hook, and I envisioned Howard singing it from the get-go. I thought it would be cool to hear him on 'The More Things Change'-era MACHINE HEAD track. I wrote the vocal melody and lyrics, recorded it and sent it to him. He was originally just supposed to be the singer, but during the course of recording we started messing around with it and I started singing. It kind of just became the 'Ebony and Ivory' of metal music. The whole process was just spontaneous. So much of what you hear is a first take, just this magical moment put to tape."
the year-long, multi-tiered celebration of Roadrunner Records' 25th Anniversary culminates on December 15 when the label will host a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. The show will feature a ROADRUNNER UNITED "house band" comprised of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) on drums, Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) on lead guitar, Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA) on rhythm guitar, and Adam Duce (MACHINE HEAD) on bass, and is shaping up to be a defining event in hard rock history. Special guests, including past and present Roadrunner artists and other metal icons, will join the band onstage to play 20 classic Roadrunner tunes along with a few choice cuts from "The All Star Sessions". Tickets for the concert will be available in the coming weeks.
The label has been celebrating 25 years through the release of several 25th anniversary special editions of landmark Roadrunner records, including classic albums from MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, SEPULTURA, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and others.
October 11 marked the release of a groundbreaking album from ROADRUNNER UNITED, entitled "The All Star Sessions". Created as the ultimate celebration of the label's anniversary, the album features 55 artists from 45 different past/current Roadrunner bands playing 18 original songs written by four chosen captains. It is a true master-class in hard rock/metal that also includes a DVD with a full hour of behind-the-scenes footage on the recording of the album.
The DVD that accompanies the album was shot by Techtonic Rocket Society (CHIMAIRA's "The Dehumanizing Project" DVD) and captures all aspects of the recording of the album through interviews and in-studio footage. It films captains Jordison in Des Moines, IA, Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) in San Francisco, Cazares in Los Angeles and Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM) in Florida. Along with interviews with all four captains, the DVD includes interviews with many of the album's featured artists, including Glen Benton (DEICIDE), King Diamond, Mike D'Antonio (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Dave Chavarri (ILL NINO), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Matt DeVries (CHIMAIRA), Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD), Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY) and many others.
ROADRUNNER UNITED's "The All-Star Sessions" features the first single "The End". Written by Cazares and featuring Heafy on vocals, the song is already catching fire at radio with adds at WBUZ in Nashville, WJJO in Madison, WBZX in Columbus, KILO in Colorado Springs, WIYY in Baltimore and more. Additionally the video for the song debuted on Fuse's "Metal Asylum" on Wednesday, October 12 along with an interview with Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER, Cristian Macado and Dave Chavarri from ILL NINO, Josh Silver from TYPE O NEGATIVE and Cazares. A performance of the Jordison-penned song "Tired & Lonely" which features Jordison on drums, Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) on vocals, Nadja Peulen (ex-COAL CHAMBER) on bass, Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) and Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) on guitars and Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) on keyboards will air on Fuse this Friday, October 14 and include an interview. MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" will premiere the video this weekend.
The fourth and final weekly video teaser for MACHINE HEAD's brand-new DVD, "Elegies", has been posted online at the group's official web site, featuring the full-length video for the song "Seasons Wither". Head over to this location to get your exclusive sneak peek. "Elegies" is available in stores around the world today, October 10 (one day later in the U.S.).
As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD's first-ever DVD release focuses around (and contains the entirety of) the band's performance at London's Brixton Academy, filmed on December 5, 2004. In addition, the disc features three behind-the-scenes vignettes, focusing on the making of the band's newest record, "Through the Ashes of Empires", life on the road with MACHINE HEAD, and an up-close and personal look at the greatest horde of lunatics in the world — MACHINE HEAD fans. Viewers have the choice of watching the vignettes interstitially (injected into the concert footage) or on their own. On top of that, three music videos — "Imperium", "Days Turn Blue to Gray" (both uncensored and uncut) and "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears" — are also included, each accompanied by its own behind-the-scenes "Making of" documentary. All of the aforementioned behind-the-scenes and documentary material has been recompiled and re-edited from over 300 hours of footage amassed by the band since writing for "Through the Ashes of Empires" began in 2003, providing a never-before-seen glimpse into the world of heavy metal's most ferocious empire.
Machine Head have posted the third of four weekly video teasers for their upcoming DVD, "Elegies". It features clips from the "Making of Through The Ashes Of Empires" featurette.
To view the teaser, head here.
As previously reported, the DVD release will focus around (and contain the entirety of) Machine Head's performance at London's Brixton Academy, filmed on December 5th, 2004. In addition, the disc will feature three behind-the-scenes vignettes, focusing on the making of the band's newest record "Through the Ashes of Empires", life on the road with Machine Head, and an up-close and personal look at Machine Head fans.
Viewers will have the choice of watching the vignettes either injected into the concert footage or on their own.
On top of that, three music videos - "Imperium", "Days Turn Blue To Gray" (both uncensored and uncut) and "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears" - will also be included, each accompanied by its own behind-the-scenes "Making of" documentary.
Check back next Monday for the fourth and final teaser, one day before the October 11th release of the DVD.
Machine Head drummer Dave McClain has posted the following message at the band's official website:
"What's up everybody? Just getting back from doing some running, doing 4 miles every other day and starting 5 next week. I'm trying to get in shape for a half-marathon next year, maybe the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in Phoenix... we'll see! Thought I'd share some of the music that I've been running to: Chimaira (new album), God Forbid (IV: Constitution of Treason), Bad Company, Hank Jr. (Greatest Hits) and Hank III (Risin' Outlaw), Lamb Of God (Ashes of the Wake), KISS (Destroyer), Pantera (Reinventing the Steel), Seemless, Ted Nugent (Best of), Watch Them Die, and last but not least, some Foreigner!!!
Roadrunner Records are planning a special 25th anniversary show in New York on December 15. The band will feature drummer Joey Jordison (Slipknot), guitarists Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory), plus bassist Adam Duce (Machine Head). There will be a number of guests joining them during the evening.
Machine Head have posted the second of four weekly video teasers for their upcoming DVD, "Elegies", featuring clips from the vignettes featured within the concert movie.
Machine Head's upcoming DVD "Elegies" is confirmed for an October 11th release. That being said, in each of the coming weeks, 4 video clips from the DVD will be posted online, and the first in this series is here. Check out the clip MH performing "Imperium" live, as taken from the Elegies DVD at the following links:
Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.
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The complete details have been announced for the upcoming ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, due in stores on October 11, 2005, via Roadrunner Records. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the album will contain original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians were originally chosen to produce and write the songs. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). These four musicians play on the songs they have written and have also assembled a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician has played for more than one writer/producer and each song features a different vocalist.
The first track from the upcoming Roadrunner United The All Star Sessions release (coming October 11) is here. The song "The Dagger" (unmastered) is now available for download at this location.
This is what the writer of "The Dagger" (and Captain of the team that recorded the song), Machine Head's Robert Flynn had to say: More...