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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Machine Head and Lamb Of God are planning to hit the road together for a midwest trek in May, dates and venues will be unveiled shortly. Machine Head expect to follow it up with a headlining tour in support of their forthcoming new live DVD "Through The Ashes Of England", which is currently set for a May 17th release through Roadrunner.
According to a posting on MACHINE HEAD's web site, LAMB OF GOD have asked MACHINE HEAD to be a part of their U.S. Midwest tour beginning in May. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. MACHINE HEAD then plan to embark on a headlining stint immediately afterward in support of their upcoming live DVD, "Through the Ashes of England".
As previously reported, "Through the Ashes of England" was filmed at MACHINE HEAD's Dec. 5 headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, U.K. The show marked the first time MACHINE HEAD ever used pyrotechnics live. In addition, the band finished off the night playing encores of SEPULTURA, PANTERA and METALLICA tracks.
MACHINE HEAD recently completed their mammoth "World Turns Blue To Gray" European headlining tour with GOD FORBID and CALIBAN
Machine Head and Sepultura are heading to Dubai. The two bands will play the Desert Rock Festival, which happens on March 25 at the Dubai Country Club.
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
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.