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.
Latest Machine Head News
Below is our complete Machine Head news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
CorrosiveMind just reported on the August 8 show of the Road Rage '04 tour, but what the hell - I'll give you my opinion of the August 9 show as well.
When I heard about the Road Rage 2004 tour, I decided well ahead of time that I had to go. Despite being one of my favorite bands, and back in the top ranks of favorites after their unbelievable comeback album ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires,’ I had never had the chance to see Machine Head live. Being a fan of Chimaira and hearing good things about Trivium as well, I had to go to this show. “Had to” meaning, yes I would go even on this Monday night of August 9, 2004, which many people apparently would not do, as the crowd was smaller than expected for such a great billing and a great venue. The 9:30 club in Washington, DC is my favorite place in the area to see a good metal show, despite the location in DC and usually long drive or metro ride from where I live. More...
Road Rage Tour 2004, after previous successful tours with amazing bands the tour is back and better then ever. Bringing along with it this time Machine Head, Chimaira, and Trivium (and 3 Inches of Blood on other dates). More...
The Road Rage 2004 tour featuring co-headliners Chimaira and Machine Head with Trivium opening, has commenced. As hinted by various sources, 3 Inches Of Blood is not opening with Trivium. You can check out a Road Rage ecard here with music and info on the tour.
Metal Underground .com will be covering the 10th Anniversary of 'Burn My Eyes' show in Philly in which Machine Head will play 'Burn My Eyes' in its entirety, as well as the DC show the following night. Stay tuned for some interviews, reports and hopefully photos from the shows right here next week.
The following announcement has been posted on the board at MACHINE HEAD's official website:
"Burn My Eyes Anniversary Show
August 8th, 2004 marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide release of everybody's favorite album, Burn My Eyes. August 8th also marks the Philadelphia stop on the Road Rage tour. To celebrate the occasion, Machine Head have decided to set aside their regularly scheduled setlist for this one night, and for the first time ever, play Burn My Eyes in its entirety. Yes, you read that right... from start to finish. Again, this is a one night only event, probably a one time only event, so if you need to see this show, you know what to do. Just make sure you do it fast."
As previously reported, Machine Head's upcoming tour schedule is as follows: More...
Machine Head and Chimaira are set to do an in-store signing on August 8th at the Relapse Records store, which is located at 608 South 4th Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Dates for the upcoming "Road Rage" tour have been solidified. The tour will feature co-headliners Machine Head and Chimaira with support from Trivium and 3 Inches Of Blood. Here are the confirmed dates:
8/3 Cleveland OH @ The Odeon
8/4 Toronto ON @ The Opera House
8/5 Manchester NH @ Bombshelter (no Machine Head)
8/6 Worcester MA @ Palladium
8/7 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
8/8 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
8/9 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
8/10 Norfolk VA @ The Norva
8/11 Winston Salem NC @ Ziggy's
8/13 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
8/14 Lake Buena Vista FL @ House of Blues
8/16 Houston TX @ Engine Room
8/17 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/18 Dallas TX @ Trees
8/20 Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection
8/21 Detroit MI @ Harpos
8/22 Columbus OH @ Al Rosa Villa
8/23 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
8/24 Milwaukee WI @ Eagles Auditorium
8/25 Minneapolis MN @ The Quest
8/27 Lawrence KS @ Granada
8/28 Denver CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/29 Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theatre
8/30 Tempe AZ @ Marquee Theatre
9/1 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
9/3 Ventura CA @ Ventura Theatre
9/4 Hollywood CA @ House of Blues
9/5 Anaheim CA @ House of Blues
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
As previously reported, the upcoming RoadRage USA 2004 tour is scheduled to kick off in early August and run through mid-September. Joining MACHINE HEAD and CHIMAIRA will be THREE INCHES OF BLOOD and TRIVIUM.
Currently confirmed dates for the tour include:
August 3 in Cleveland, OH at The Odeon
August 4 in Rochester, NY at Penny Arcade
August 6 in Worcester, MA at The Palladium
August 7 in NYC, NY at Irving Plaza
August 8 in Philadelphia, PA at TLA
August 9 in Washington DC at 9:30 Club
August 10 in Norfolk, VA at NorVa
August 13 in Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
August 14 in Orlando, FL at House of Blues
August 17 in San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
August 20 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection
August 21 in Detroit, MI at Harpo's
August 22 in Columbus, OH at Al Rosa Villa
August 23 in Chicago, IL at House of Blues
August 28 in Denver, CO at Gothic Theatre
A few new stops have been tacked onto the upcoming "Road Rage 2004 Tour" itinerary, the newest are as follows:
August 11th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
August 16th Houston, TX - Engine Room
August 17th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
August 25th Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
August 28th Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre
As previously reported, the "Road Rage 2004 Tour" features Machine Head, Chimaira, Trivium and Three Inches Of Blood
A bunch of dates have been announced for the RoadRage 2004 tour, which is scheduled to kick off early August and run through mid-September. Joining co-headliners MACHINE HEAD and CHIMAIRA will be Roadrunner Records' newest signings, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD and TRIVIUM. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 03 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 04 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
Aug. 05 - The Bomb Shelter - Manchester, NH
Aug. 06 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ KITTIE, CANDIRIA, 36 CRAZYFISTS, TWELVE TRIBES)
Aug. 07 - Irving Plaza - NYC, NY
Aug. 08 – TLA - Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 09 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
Aug. 10 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
Aug. 13 – Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Aug. 14 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Aug. 20 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 21 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Aug. 22 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Aug. 23 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Aug. 28 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO