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.
The following message has been posted at RoadrunnerRecords.com:
We've been talking about it all week, and now it's here, the first track from the upcoming Roadrunner United The All Star Sessions release (coming October 11). The song "The Dagger" (unmastered) is now available for download in our MUSIC section.
Go ahead and download, and rather than us tell you about the track and more on the release, read the words below from the writer of "The Dagger" (and Captain of the team that recorded the song), Machine Head's Robert Flynn:
"Greetings from Derka Derkastan! And as we say there, "Fuck...derk, derk, allah...sherpa, sherpa...Muhamed jihad" (Yes, I've been watching WAY too much "Team America"). Just got back from doing a bit of press for the Roadrunner United album. RR flew me down to LA for a couple of days, and then to London, England to do some international press. As I'm sure most of you have read or heard by now, Roadrunner have decided to take on the seemingly ridiculous challenge of gathering, organizing and managing 60 musicians for a giant collaborative metal all-star effort.
"Brainchild of Senior VP of A&R (and longtime Machine Head champion) Monte Conner, these all-star sessions would follow a few basic "rules". Roadrunner would choose four "Captains", each Captain would write 4 songs, then assemble a "band" for each song comprised of other RR artists, past and/or present, currently on or off the label. Each Captain would record the 4 songs they had written with their chosen group, and then choose four different singers, one for each song.
Roadrunner Records UK have posted this news concerning the new Machine Head DVD, "Elegies", which had been delayed:
After months of speculation, most of the final details for Machine Head's upcoming DVD "Elegies" have been officially announced! Scheduled to street on October 10th, their first-ever 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 the greatest horde of lunatics in the world - Machine Head fans. Viewers will 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" - will also be 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.
Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. 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.
In addition to these stellar teams of musicians, there will also be special additional tracks from ex-Roadrunner artist, Josh Silver — TYPE O NEGATIVE's longtime producer/keyboardist. In the spirit of the project, Silver has included Roadrunner artists on his tracks as well… OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt appears on the Silver-written "Roads".
Track names from the Jordison team include "Constitution Down" (with vocals by Kyle Thomas of FLOODGATE/EXHORDER), "Tired ‘N Lonely" (with vocals from Keith Caputo of LIFE OF AGONY) and "Annihilation by the Hand of God" (with vocals from Glen Benton of DEICIDE), among others. Flynn's camp has completed songs like "The Dagger" (with vocals from Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and "The Rich Man" (with vocals from Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT), among others. "The End" (with vocals from Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM) and "The Enemy" (with vocals from Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA) are some of the team-Cazares product. And tracks from Heafy's sessions include "The Dawn of a Golden Age" (with vocals from Dani Filth of CRADLE OF FILTH), "Superheroes" (with vocals from Michale Graves of the MISFITS) and "Blood and Flames" (with vocals from Jesse Leach — ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer). More...
Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:
1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell
The DVD will be available in September.
Here is the full, revised tracklisting for Machine Head's forth-coming live DVD, "Elegies":
3. Seasons Wither
6. Days Turn Blue to Gray
7. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears
8. Ten Ton Hammer
9. The Burning Red
10. In the Presence of My Enemies
11. Take My Scars
12. Descend the Shades of Night
"Elegies" hits stores August 15.
Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.
Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.
Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...
Machine Head's upcoming live DVD release "Elegies" has once again seen a delay and is now scheduled to arrive in stores on August 16th via Roadrunner
According to MTV.com, the fourth mystery producer behind Roadrunner Records' forthcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" disc — which is expected to contain original tracks that are the product of collaborations between past and present members of the label's roster — has been revealed.
Joining producers/composers Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT, Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY and MACHINE HEAD's Robert Flynn will be Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM.
All four musicians will not only play on the songs they've written, but will assemble a team of artists to record the tracks. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
The project is being overseen by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Mixing duties will be handled by legendary hard rock producer Colin Richardson. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2005.
Machine Head's headline States Turn Blue To Gray tour with DevilDriver is on. Photos of the bands live from the Opera House in Toronto this past weekend have been posted at the following locations:
How would you like to have Machine Head play in your backyard this Memorial Day? Well that just might happen! Courtesy of FUSE's Uranium and Revolver magazine, on Monday, May 30th, one lucky winner will be throwing a Machine Head Memorial Day metal bash! Additional contest details will be announced shortly, but in the meantime, you can send your name, e-mail address and ZIP code to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter!
Contest is limited to U.S. residents only, one entry per person/household.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message in the band's official forum:
"Been listening to SLAYER's 'Seasons in the Abyss' a lot lately. [I] don't really know why I went back to it... it's kinda hard to listen to in some ways... but, Jesus?! That record is just amazing. Absolutely fucking classic from start to finish. 'Seasons in the Abyss' is just about the ultimate metal album. Riffs, melodies, structures, energy... FUCK! What an accomplishment!
"After that began, I ended up digging through a bunch of stuff in my garage that I had to move, and I stumbled upon a shitload of memorabilia from those first two tours they [SLAYER] took us on. Flyers, posters, laminates, pictures... and it kinda bummed me out.
"Actually, it really bummed me out. More...
Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have dropped off MACHINE HEAD's upcoming States Turn Blue To Gray North American tour. THE HAUNTED's cancellation is said to be the result of guitarist Patrik Jensen's desire to spend time with his very sick father back home in Sweden.
Jensen was recently forced to leave the group's European tour with CRADLE OF FILTH early while the rest of the band completed the trek as a four-piece.
MACHINE HEAD have yet to announce a replacement act for the tour, which is also scheduled to include DEVILDRIVER and IT DIES TODAY.
THE HAUNTED have been confirmed for the second stage at this year's Ozzfest beginning on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
The first confirmed dates for the upcoming 'States Turn Blue to Gray' tour featuring MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, THE HAUNTED and IT DIES TODAY are trickling in. They are as follows:
May 6 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
May 7 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
May 14 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 19 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 25 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 26 - Ybor City, FL @ The Masquerade
In other news, MACHINE HEAD have confirmed the following other dates: More...
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...
Machine Head is heading off on a North American tour coming this May with DevilDriver, The Haunted and It Dies Today.
Tour name: States Turn Blue To Gray Tour.
Tour art: TBD...and this is where YOU come in.
Machine Head is looking for YOU to design the tour flyer for the States Turn Blue To Gray Tour, and in turn win one of the biggest grand prize packages they have ever had the pleasure of offering is up for grabs!
All submissions are required to use the provided official hi-res band logos found here, have a resolution of 300 DPI and a printed size of 8.5" x 11". Clarity is key, so make sure not to overcomplicate your design! When finished, send your submission via e-mail to email@example.com, and make sure you get it in by April 2nd. Any submissions received after April 2nd will not be considered.
Grand Prize: The entire Machine Head CD discography, autographed by the band assorted Machine Head knick-knacks (posters, stickers, etc.) Devildriver's self-titled debut CD, autographed by the band The entire Haunted CD discography, autographed by the band the entire It Dies Today CD discography, autographed by the band a $50 gift certificate to Hot Topic a one-year subscription to Decibel Magazine and All Access admission to the States Turn Blue To Gray stop closest to your hometown!
2nd Place: A copy of Machine Head's "Through the Ashes of Empires", a copy of Devildriver's self-titled debut, a copy of The Haunted's "rEVOLVEr" and a copy of It Dies Today's "Caitiff Choir".
3rd Place: A copy of Machine Head's "Through the Ashes of Empires".
Machine Head will be joining Lamb of God and Twelve Tribes for the following dates:
May 02 Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
May 03 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
May 04 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
In other Machine Head news, the band will be embarking on a monster North American headlining tour this May in support of their current release, "Through the Ashes of Empires", as well as their upcoming live DVD. The month-long "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will feature fellow Roadrunner Records artists Devildriver, Century Media recording artists The Haunted and Trustkill's It Dies Today. Scheduled to set sail the first week of May, immediately following Machine Head's stint on a Midwest portion of the Lamb of God tour, the "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will continue into the first week of June, hitting major markets throughout the United States and Canada. Specifics for all dates will be posted at MachineHead1.com as they become available.
MACHINE HEAD will be embarking on a monster North American headlining tour this May in support of their current release, "Through the Ashes of Empires", as well as their upcoming live DVD. The month-long "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will feature fellow Roadrunner Records artists DEVILDRIVER, Century Media recording artists THE HAUNTED and Trustkill recording artists IT DIES TODAY. Scheduled to set sail the first week of May, immediately following MACHINE HEAD's stint on a Midwest portion of LAMB OF GOD dates, the "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will continue into the first week of June, hitting major markets throughout the United States and Canada. Specifics for all dates will be posted here at MachineHead1.com as they become available.
Here are MACHINE HEAD's confirmed upcoming dates with more dates TBA:
with THE DARKNESS, SEPULTURA, NERVECELL:
March 25 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai Country Club
with LAMB OF GOD, TWELVE TRIBES (LOG headlines, MH direct support, TT opens):
May 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 4 - TBA, PA @ TBA
Lamb of God have a number of headlining shows during and after the Subliminal Verses tour. Here they are so far:
March 7 - Pittston, PA @ The Staircase (with ALL THAT REMAINS, SWORN ENEMY, GIZMACHI)
March 14 - Buffalo, NY @ Sphere Nite Club (with ALL THAT REMAINS, SWORN ENEMY, GIZMACHI)
March 17 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's (with ALL THAT REMAINS, LUNACY DRIVEN)
March 24 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar (with CREAM ABDUL BARBAR, 27 SOUTH)
March 27 - Lubbock, TX @ South Beach (with DEVILDRIVER)
April 3 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos (with DEVILDRIVER)
April 9 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse (with FIREBALL MINISTRY)
April 11 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis (with FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES)
April 14 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy (with SHADOWS FALL, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, PALEFACE)
April 25 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers Pavilion
April 28 - Springfield, MO @ The Rockwell
with MACHINE HEAD, TWELVE TRIBES:
May 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 4 - TBA, PA @ TBA
Machine Head gets some high praise from abroad for their performance at the Donington last year. A news posting at the Download Festival website reads as follows:
Machine Head: Best Band of Download 2004
So say the online community!
Download message boarders have voted Machine Head the best band at Donington last year, for their main stage appearance on Sunday 6 June, in an online poll.
The hardcore metallers stole almost a third of the votes with Slipknot taking second place and Metallica coming third.
Other bands high up in the pecking order included Korn, Arch Enemy, Slayer and Linkin Park.
Of Machine Head's performance, fan reviewer Tom Prince reported: 'Sporting some of the all time favourites like Davidian, The Blood The Sweat The Tears and the new classic Imperuim, Machine Head certainly managed to silence the critics. To hear thousands in the crowd scream out the words, 'let freedom ring with a shotgun blast' during Davidian was a classic heavy metal moment. Today Machine Head were a band on top of the world, the crowd loved them and they loved the crowd back'
We have the first dates of the nationwide MACHINE HEAD, LAMB OF GOD tour. Opening up for the select we have will be TWELVE TRIBES:
May 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts