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Formed: 1993
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

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Even More Roadrage Tour Dates Announed

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

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More Road Rage 2004 Dates Announced

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

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RoadRage 2004 Tour Dates Announced

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

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Machine Head To Tour Europe In The Fall

MACHINE HEAD will be returning to Europe this November/December for a full European tour, according to RockReview.co.uk. Here are some initial U.K. dates that are being listed by on Ticketmaster and Wayahead:

Nov. 23 - Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Nov. 24 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Nov. 27 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Dec. 01 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

MACHINE HEAD are continuing to promote their fifth full-length studio album, "Through the Ashes of Empires", which was released in Europe last October through Roadrunner Records.

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Listen To Machine Head's Entire Album Online

Machine Head has posted an ecard with their entire 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' album (minus the new US-only track 'Seasons Wither') online for you to listen to. If you wrote them off after their previous release or just haven't heard this album, you owe it to yourself to give it a listen. You can listen here

Machine Head's 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' will be hitting stores in the US April 20 and is already available most everywhere else.

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Stereo Black Live Photos, Tour Dates, MP3 Online

Logan Mader's (STEREO BLACK, ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY) official web site has uploaded several photos from STEREO BLACK's first gig at The Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood on March 8.

In other news, STEREO BLACK have announced two more live dates during the coming days. They are as follows:

Mar. 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (w/ TESLA)
Apr. 01 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go (w/ (HED)P.E.)

The group are currently shopping around for a record deal. A full-length MP3 of the track "No Sympathy" can currently be downloaded at this location.

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Machine Head Finish New Song For US Release

MACHINE HEAD and longtime mix-master Colin Richardson have wrapped up production of a brand new track this week, to be included on the upcoming North American release of their new album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", scheduled to hit stores on April 20. The new song, titled "Seasons Wither", will be added to the new release of the record as Track No. 8, between "Vim" and "All Falls Down", but will not be included on album advances. Guitarist Phil Demmel says: "It's definitely the fastest tune on the disc now, showing off our killer drummer," adding that "the mood of the song blends nicely with the balance of the record... it nestles in naturally."

As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID will be hitting the road together this spring for the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour, a monster outing that is currently set to attack most major U.S. cities in its path starting this April and continuing on into May.

Here are MACHINE HEAD "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour dates: More...

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Machine Head & Arch Enemy Post Tour Dates

MACHINE HEAD have announced the first four dates of their "Weapons of Mass Destruction Tour". They are as follows:

Apr. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero (w/ ARCH ENEMY)
Apr. 29 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (w/ ARCH ENEMY)
Apr. 30 - Worcester, MA - New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
May 08 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's (w/ ARCH ENEMY, GOD FORBID)

MACHINE HEAD's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes of Empires", will receive its long-awaited North American release on April 20 through Roadrunner Records.

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Phil Demmel To Play W/ Mercyful Fate Tribute Band

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel will be making a special one-off appearance with MERCYFUL FATE tribute band HAIL SATAN at tonight's EXODUS record-release party at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California.

As previously reported, EXODUS and HAIL SATAN's performances at the DNA Lounge will reportedly be webcast via the club's official web site at this location.

DNA Lounge is located at 375 11th Street in San Francisco, CA 94103. Tickets are $8.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. Click here to see a flyer for the gig.

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NEMHF 2004 Acts Confirmed

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 2004 will take place April 30th and May 1st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Friday individual day tickets are $30. Saturday individual day tickets are $35. Two-day passes are $60. A special internet-only pre-sale is going on now at tickets.com . Regular sale starts today, February 27 at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

The show will once again take place on the two stages in the Palladium. This year there will once again be a film crew recording every second of action on the stage and behind the scenes for a live DVD. Record labels, vendors, and record distributors will set up shop in the balcony of the upstairs room.

The following acts have been confirmed to headline on Friday night: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD, GOD FORBID, EVERYTIME I DIE.

The Saturday night headliners include: ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ZAO, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH.

Other acts confirmed to appear include: More...

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Machine Head, Arch Enemy, God Forbid To Tour

MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID will be hitting the road together this spring for the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour, a monster outing that is currently set to attack most major U.S. cities in its path starting this April and continuing on into May.

Following their successful European tour in support of their new album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", MACHINE HEAD will be out in support of the North American release of the record, due out April 20 through Roadrunner Records. "It's great to have a band like ARCH ENEMY, that's not only one of my favorite bands, but are one of the best metal bands out right now," exclaims MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain, adding "and GOD FORBID is a great new band with a killer new album, and I can't wait to see them tear it up on tour."

Stay tuned for confirmed dates.

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Machine Head Back With Roadrunner

Machine Head has re-signed with Roadrunner Records and will be releasing their latest CD, Through The Ashes Of Empires, in the US on April 20th, with a Spring tour to follow.

Roadrunner Records previously had a deal with the band that was only for a European/Japanese/Australian release of the new CD, which came out last Fall. The band should be heading into the studio at some point in the coming couple of weeks to record two new tracks for this US release, one original, and one most likely being a cover.

More details to come as plans become more solid.

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Logan Mader's Stereo Black To Make Live Debut

STEREO BLACK (formerly NEW BLACK), the new band fronted by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, will make their live debut on Monday, March 8 at The Whisky A Go Go (8901 Sunset Boulevard) in West Hollywood, California.

As previously reported, STEREO BLACK (photo) reportedly sees Logan returning to his heavier roots, and at the same time, incorporating what he has learned from his early days as a guitarist to present. The group, whose lineup is completed by Lucas Banker (guitar), Clyde Shorey (guitar), Jason Evigan (bass, backing vocals) and Christopher Antonopoulis (drums), recently finished mixing a demo in Amsterdam with beatmaster extraordinaire JUNKIE XL and are currently shopping around for a record deal.

STEREO BLACK currently have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.

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Machine Head To Re-Sign With RoadRunner Records

MACHINE HEAD are on the verge of signing a new deal with the U.S. branch of Roadrunner Records, sources close to the band and label have informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

The San Francisco Bay Area-based quartet, whose latest CD, "Through The Ashes of Empires", was issued in most territories around the world in October, released four studio albums and one live set through Roadrunner in North America before splitting with the label in 2002. They subsequently re-signed with Roadrunner in Europe, where they continued to command impressive record sales and concert attendances despite a significant market downturn.

"Through The Ashes of Empires", widely hailed as MACHINE HEAD's finest offering since their classic 1994 debut, "Burn My Eyes", is tentatively scheduled to receive a U.S. release through Roadrunner this spring. A full-scale North American tour — the band's first since 2002 — will coincide with the release.

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Ex-Machine Head and Pitchshifter Cover St. Anger

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has teamed up with ex-PITCHSHIFTER/current DOHENY frontman J.S. Clayden to record a cover version of METALLICA's "St. Anger". The recording is expected to appear on a Cleopatra Records compilation, due later in the year.

Says J.S. "I've known Logan for a while and it was a no-brainer to ask him to join me on guitar for the track. We rocked it out in a few days and I'm really happy with the result. I'm sure the purist out there will freak because this version is mangled with breakbeats and drum and bass elements, but I think the end result is respectful of the original with an interesting spin. Although DOHENY is my new baby, I am still doing 'PITCHSHIFTER'-style mixes in my spare time for projects that sound fun like this one."

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Logan Mader's New Band Is Stereo Black

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has changed the name of his new band to STEREO BLACK from the previously announced NEW BLACK.

As previously reported, STEREO BLACK — whose lineup is completed by Lucas Banker (guitar), Clyde Shorey (guitar), Jason Evigan (bass, backing vocals) and Christopher Antonopoulis (drums) — reportedly sees Logan returning to his heavier roots, and at the same time, incorporating what he has learned from his early days as a guitarist to present. The group recently finished mixing a demo in Amsterdam with beatmaster extraordinaire JUNKIE XL and will soon begin shopping around for a record deal.

STEREO BLACK currently have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.

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Logan Mader Gets Heavy Again In New Black

NEW BLACK, the new Los Angeles-based band led by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.

NEW BLACK — whose lineup is completed by Lucas Banker (guitar), Clyde Shorey (guitar), Jason Evigan (bass, backing vocals) and Christopher Antonopoulis (drums) — reportedly sees Logan returning to his heavier roots, and at the same time, incorporating what he has learned from his early days as a guitarist to present. The group recently finished mixing a demo in Amsterdam with beatmaster extraordinaire JUNKIE XL and will soon begin shopping around for a record deal.

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Machine Head Confirmed For Two Festivals

Machine Head have been confirmed for the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals (web site), set to take place June 4-6, 2004 in Nürnberg and Nürburgring, Germany (respectively). The band are also slated to appear at the U.K.'s Download festival (web site), which is tentatively scheduled for June 6-7 in Glasgow and Donington.

Machine Head are currently seeking a North American record deal following their split with the U.S. branch of Roadrunner Records. The band, who recently completed a European headlining tour, are expected to return to the road in early 2004. The group's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", has been available in Europe since October.

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