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.
Machine Head frontman Robert Flynn recently posted a piece on MH's message board remembering Dimebag Darrell. This incredibly detailed and well-written remembrance on Dimebag is as follows:
I still can't believe it.
To say that Machine Head were devastated...there aren't even words. We found out about this unbelievable event while in Zagreb, Serbia. The sports arena we were playing had no phone lines, no internet, virtually zero cell reception, no TV, no heat. We had nothing but patchy info for the next few days as we played more shows in Eastern Europe, and frustration started to boil. It was impossible to call anyone, check e-mail, anything. It's only now that I've finally been able to sit down and read everything surrounding what happened.
That night, we dedicated "Descend The Shades Of Night" to Dimebag, a man who inspired us in so many ways. I lost it on stage. We all lost it on stage. It's horrible. Things like this just don't happen. Musicians don't get KILLED on stage... while they're PLAYING... what the fuck? What the fuck is wrong with people?More...
God Forbid just wrapped up a highly successful European tour alongside Machine Head and Caliban and Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following report:
We finally arrived home from our mammoth 10 week European tour with Machine Head and Caliban. This was our first time to most of these places and this tour took us from as far north as Finland, down to Portugal, an entire UK tour, and even as far east as Serbia, Croatia, and Bulgaria. It was exhausting yet exhilarating because of the massive, insane crowds we got to rock in front of every night! With the exception of Ozzfest, this was the biggest tour we've ever done. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank Rob, Phil, Dave and Adam from MH for taking us out. Much respect to Caliban and both crews for a successful tour.
Since we left in early October a tyrant has been re-elected and a great legend has fallen. Sad times indeed. We were in Serbia when we heard the news of Dimebag Darrell's death. Being longtime Pantera fans, and having the opportunity to meet the man on several occasions, it has been a very emotional time for everyone in God Forbid. It's been emotional for the entire heavy music and hard rock scenes in general. Pantera was the first concert my brother and I ever went to, the first band T shirt I bought and part of the reason I play music. You don't want to believe it is real. All of us are hit really hard because it's the exact opposite of the way our scene is. The metal and hardcore scene is really close-knit and like a family. The bands are close with the fans and I know Pantera was always close with their fans and treated them like friends not just fans. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our scene. God Forbid sends our deepest sympathy to the Abbott family and anyone close to this great man. A lot of love for Dimebag! "We're sharing riffs man!"More...
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.
This Sunday night (12/05), in front of a sold out crowd at the Academy (Brixton) in London, Machine Head's performance will be shot for their upcoming DVD. The yet-to-be titled DVD will be released at some point next year. To those of you going to the show, go crazy...and enjoy. To those of you not going to the show, check out Machine Head's photo gallery for a few pictures from MH's show last weekend at the Barrowlands in Glasgow, UK - 11.27.2004.
Chris Kontos (drums, ex-MACHINE HEAD, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT), Sean Smithson (guitar, ex-SACRILEGE B.C., GRINCH) and Sean McGrath (guitar, IMPALED) are in the process of forming a "full-on metal" band in the vein of EXODUS, THE HAUNTED, PANTERA, SHADOWS FALL and MEGADETH, according to a recent online posting by Smithson. The as-yet-unnamed group, who already have a vocalist in mind, are currently seeking a bassist to complete the band's lineup. "McGrath and I tend to be somewhat 'intricate' players, so a lot of twin attack guitaring will be happening," Smithson writes. "We hope to find a bassist that can lock in with Kontos' style and really bring the rhythm section to life." More details as they become available.
On December 6th in the UK, a 7" Machine Head picture vinyl will be released for the single "Days Turn Blue To Gray." Track listing is as follows:
1. "Days Turn Blue To Gray"
2. "Seasons Wither"
Now, what won't be in stores is a CD version of this single release. And THAT folks, can be purchased online now via the RR UK office. The CD release of this single will also include a third track, "The Rage To Overcome" (recorded live @ Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary show). Pending on where you live, if you want to purchase this CD, links are as follows pending territory:
MACHINE HEAD were forced to postpone their upcoming shows in Rome and Vicenza (10/25 & 10/26) after their tour bus broke down on their way through the Swiss Alps this weekend. Stranded in Zurich, with no other buses available (due to heavy European touring at the moment) and no other way to transport the band and their equipment to Rome in time, they were forced to wait for repairs to be finished, which looks to be no sooner than this coming Wednesday. MACHINE HEAD are making all efforts to reschedule both shows for a later date.
GOD FORBID and CALIBAN may still be playing both of the scheduled dates - be sure to check with the local venue for up-to-date information.
Machine Head have been forced to postpone their previously announced shows in Rome and Vicenza (Oct. 25-26), Italy after their tour bus broke down on their way through Swiss Alps this weekend. Stranded in Zurich, with no other buses available (due to heavy European touring at the moment) and no other way to transport the band and their equipment to Rome in time, they are unfortunately forced to wait for repairs to be finished, which looks to be no sooner than this coming Wednesday (Oct. 27). "Machine Head extends their sincerest apologies, and are making all efforts to reschedule both shows for a later date," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Note: God Forbid and Caliban may still be playing both of the scheduled dates — be sure to check with the local venue for up-to-date information."
Machine Head performed live in concert on Thursday (Oct. 21) at Razz 2 in Barcelona, Spain as part of their "World Turns Blue To Gray" tour.
Machine Head are planning to film a number of their UK shows on the World Turns Blue To Grey Tour for an upcoming live DVD! More details will follow as they are announced. The band have also confirmed the upcoming release of a limited edition single for the song "Days Turn Blue To Gray" in Europe to coincide with the tour. The disc is tentatively set to feature the album version of the song, the previously unreleased bonus track "Seasons Wither" (only available on the U.S. release of "Through the Ashes of Empires" until now), and two raw live tracks from the bands' Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary Show in Philadelphia on August 9th, 2004.
German metalcore band Caliban have officially been confirmed as the opener for the duration of Machine Head's European tour, beginning on October 9 in Belgium and wrapping up 49 shows later on December 14 in Greece. Also appearing on the bill will be God Forbid. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates can be viewed at this location.
Caliban recently signed with Abacus and Roadrunner Records for the American territory and the world outside the U.S., respectively. The group's fourth full-length album, "The Opposite From Within," will be issued in the U.S. on October 5 (it was released in Europe on September 20).
Produced by In Flames frontman Anders Friden and mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy) at the Backstage Studio in the U.K., "The Opposite From Within" "takes the band's formula of Slayer-esque, precise metal guitars with emotional hardcore to a whole new level of maturity," according to a press release. "Double-bass mosh parts, enormous walls of guitar and the band’s keen sense of melody are played with utter conviction throughout the 12-song outing."
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
The shoot for Machine Head's new video has been pushed back two days to this Thursday (9/23). Machine Head are in search of die-hard Machine Head fans, ideally but not limited to those within the San Francisco Bay Area, to be cast as background in their upcoming video for "Days Turn Blue To Gray." You would need to be in the San Francisco Bay Area this Thursday, September 23rd @ 1:00PM PST, so if you live in or around the Bay Area, or are willing to travel and don't mind covering your own expenses, and can be there at that time, send the band an e-mail with your name, phone number, hometown and age ASAP! They will respond to you with details if you are chosen.
MACHINE HEAD's performance of their classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes", in its entirety on August 8, 2004 at the Philadelphia stop on their "Road Rage" tour was filmed with a six-camera, 24-track digital filming-and-recording rig courtesy of the guys at High Roller Productions. In addition, plans still exist for the group to film their December 5, 2004 show at the Brixton Academy in London, England for an upcoming DVD. "What we would like to see happen is for this DVD to be released in the beginning of the year, with the main DVD being the London show with the first pressing of the DVD containing a 'limited edition bonus DVD' of our 'Burn My Eyes' 10th anniversary show, as basically a 'thank you' for our hardcore fans, and longtime supporters," MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn writes in the latest installment of his online "diary". After that first pressing has sold out, the bonus 'Burn My Eyes' show will go away, and the full London DVD will be available. So if you sleep on it, your loss." Read the rest of Flynn's posting, including his reflections on the "Road Rage" tour and the upcoming video shoot for "Days Turn Blue to Gray", at this location.
New Jersey metal titans God Forbid will embark on a brief headlining tour that kicks off Sept. 23rd with support from A Life Once Lost, Norma Jean and The Red Chord, among others. All of these shows will be filmed for a live video for the album’s title track, “Gone Forever,” to be shot by acclaimed director Zach Merck (Atreyu, Shadows Fall). These dates will also serve as the last God Forbid shows in the U.S. this year as they will immediately head to Europe with Machine Head to close out 2004 with nine weeks worth of shows.
The group just wrapped up a highly successful run on Ozzfest and a short stint in Japan. Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following update:
We have just returned from a very successful first-time trip to Japan. There were two shows in Tokyo with the legendary In Flames and mighty Chimaira. The crowd was extremely appreciative and active, even though we were the opening act. The show was highlighted with a ‘God Forbid' chant and plenty of fist pumping! A great deal of thanks goes out to Tetsu and everyone at Toy's Factory and Creative Man for rolling out the red carpet for us. It was a blast, and we can't wait to go back ASAP.
The conclusion of Ozzfest was also a great way to end the summer. We were disappointed that the last show in West Palm was cancelled. Hurricanes suck and we will try to get back down there on our next U.S. trek. Overall, this was the best thing to ever happen to God Forbid. I've never had more fun in my life, and I can't say enough how much we appreciated that opportunity. I want to thank the GF crew: Dirty Larry, Willie Gee, Billy "Vietnam" Bomba, Hoss Money, Jeremy, Socks, the entire 2nd stage, Jimmy and all at Jager, everyone at Century Media and of course all of the bands (especially 2nd stage) for being cool ass motherfuckers. Playing the shows was amazing, but the best part was the nighttime hangouts and grill sessions with all the boys (and a few girls). Damn, I feel like I'm accepting an Oscar. Anyway, props to Andy ETID for the Metallica Party and Ozzy for keeping that shit going!More...
Melbourne Metal trio CONTRIVE will support MACHINE HEAD in Sydney for their upcoming AUSTRALIAN Tour kicking off in October. In a relatively short time CONTRIVE have earned touring opportunities with acts such as SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, DESTRUCTION, MAYHEM, SKINLAB etc.
CONTRIVE are all set to enter the studio next week to begin recording their debut album titled "The Meaning Unseen". Here are some confirmed track titles set to appear on the forthcoming release: More...
Machine Head have launched a search for fans with a Machine Head tattoo of any kind to be cast in their upcoming video for "Days Turn Blue to Gray". If you live in or around the San Francisco Bay Area,, or are willing to travel and don't mind covering your own expenses, send the band an e-mail with your name, hometown, age and a picture of your tattoo by September 21, and they will contact you if you've been chosen. Please note that there will be no rushing out to get a Machine Head tattoo just so you can have a chance to get in the video. Machine Head do not condone the idea, and will not accept any submissions of fresh work.
"Days Turn Blue to Gray" comes off the group's critically acclaimed "Through the Ashes of Empires" CD, which was released in the U.S. in April through Roadrunner Records.
Machine Head will kick off an Australian tour on October 1 to be followed by a European trek beginning on October 9 in Brussels, Belgium
God Forbid are to support the legendary Machine Head on their forthcoming European tour.
Following the success of their collaborative 'Weapons of Mass Destruction Tour' across the US earlier this year, God Forbid were picked by Machine Head to join them in the UK. The band triumphed around the UK on their last visit when they supported Killswitch Engage with Shadows Fall and Chimaira.
Tour dates are as follows: More...
I've just finished posting CorrosiveMind's photos from the August 8, 2004 Road Rage show in Philadelphia, PA, featuring Machine Head, Chimaira and Trivium. He got some awesome shots. Head over to the gallery to check them out. You can also read his report form the show here.
I got a few decent photos of Machine Head and Chimaira playing at Road Rage 2004 on August 9 in Washington, DC. The lighting (especially heavy use of green and red lights) made it hard to get good photos, but I managed a few. Check them out in the photo gallery section.