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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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Machine Head Signs With Nuclear Blast

After over a year of dialogues with various record labels, Machine Head has decided on a new home with the newly launched arm of Nuclear Blast Records: Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is headed by the band's longtime friend and former Roadrunner A&R guru Monte Conner.

Excitement runs high in both camps. Says Conner, "I feel incredibly fortunate to say I have signed Machine Head - for the third time! They wrote one of the greatest metal albums of all-time as their debut and then turned around and beat it 13 years later. Machine Head have produced some of the best material of their storied career over the course of their last three records, and like a fine wine, they just keep getting better with age. The songwriting in this band is beyond evolved compared to the majority of their peers, and as a lyricist, Robb Flynn is second to none. On the live front, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more commanding and dominating band."

Continues Conner, "Ever since the launch of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, one of my main goals has been to reunite with Machine Head. I am grateful to Machine Head for continuing to put their trust in me as well as my new partners at Nuclear Blast, who share my passion for and commitment to the band."

Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn adds: "Monte Conner has believed in Machine Head for 20 years, his belief has never wavered, and we are extremely proud to work alongside him once again. When I visited the Nuclear Blast compounds in both Germany and Los Angeles last year, the vibe and spirit that Markus Staiger, Gerardo Martinez and their respective teams created took me back to the spirit of the old Roadrunner Records days, back when bands like Obituary and Sepultura were changing the world with their music. Everyone believes, everyone wants it for the right reasons, it's about creating and respecting a culture, about pioneering new ways for people to discover great music." More...

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Roadrunner Records To Release Box Set

Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:

"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.

"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.

"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."

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Mayhem Festival Announces Celebrity Chef Signings

Jägermeister has been a proud sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival since its inception and this year is no different.

This year the festival stage is being headlined by Machine Head, a legendary JagerWorld experience, The Metal of Honor Award, the brand’s first-ever Guitar Shred-Meister competition, Celebrity Chef signings, and daily artist signings for those of legal drinking age.

Chef Chris Santos will join the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the remainder of the summer, where he will be taking part in signings at the Jägermeister booth, co-hosting the Shred-Meister competition, cooking Jägermeister-infused recipes at the official after-parties and for artists, and whipping up private meals for the headlining artists.

“I'm beyond excited to be joining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on behalf of Jagermeister and to spread the word about the Jägermeister 'Charred' BBQ Contest happening this summer,” states Santos. “I'll be doing signings daily and roaming the festival all day so if you see me grab me and say hello and we'll chat about Jäger or hit the pit!”

The chef's appearances are all a part of the “Charred, Earn your Place at the Pit” BBQ Competition, a search for the best grill recipes incorporating Jägermeister. The challenge, which kicked off in June, is divided into three categories: Cow, Bird, and Hog, from which Santos selects one winner per category. More...

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Machine Head Recruits New Bassist

Machine Head, which parted ways with Adam Duce earlier this year, has checked in with the following announcement about officially recruiting a new bassist:

"It is with great pride and excitement that Machine Head announce Jared MacEachern as their new bass player.

"Jared has already begun rehearsals for the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem U.S. summer festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for Machine Head's upcoming 8th studio release."

You can read a full statement from the band about Jared coming on board over at the Machine Head website here.

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Mayhem Festival Partners With "Metal Of Honor"

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is proud to announce the partnership of iHome and Metal of Honor, an awareness and fundraising effort focused on the needs and challenges of active duty military, veterans, and their families.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has supported Hope For The Warriors and the Pathway Home, both national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the many challenges facing veterans, since their inception.

“Giving back and showing gratitude to those that have sacrificed for all of us and those who continue to sacrifice is the message we want to spread,” comment Mayhem producers John Reese and Kevin Lyman.

As a part of this effort, all ,ilitary personnel will be allowed early entry to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival shows with military I.D. All military veterans are encouraged to go to the Metal of Honor tent, located in the festival area, to obtain a wristband and information on the various charities supporting their needs. More...

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Machine Head Announces New Headlining Shows

Machine Head is proud to announce three headline shows as part of "The Road To Mayhem Tour," and these will reportedly be the only headline shows the band plays in all of 2013. The dates listed are specifically catered to not conflict with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival summer tour where Machine Head is headlining the Jägermeister USA stage.

Says Robb Flynn, "We love playing in these markets, the fans in these places don't have the luxury of a hundred shows a month, they're starving for metal, and they fucking lose their marbles and go BANANAS when Machine Head come there!!"

Phil Demmel added, "All right Summer '13, whatcha got?!?! West Coast Machine Head headlining shows before The Mayhem Fest, that's what! Look out Spokane, Portland and Fresno, prepare to be FUCKED UP!! We'll see you there!!" More...

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Machine Head Seeking New Bassist

Ever wanted to play bass in Machine Head? Now you may have the chance since the group parted ways with Adam Duce and is now holding open auditions for a new member. Machine Head posted the following statement online:

"Machine Head will begin the process of searching for a temporary bassist replacement for this summer’s Mayhem Festival in the U.S. Interested in trying out? For a limited time the band will accept and review YouTube submissions that include the following:

"1) Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below, just yourself, singing and playing bass along to the the tracks off the albums. **Camera phone is fine as long as it's stable**

"2) A brief 1- to 2-minute statement about your musical experience; playing, touring experience, etc.

"Please upload your videos to YouTube and e-mail a link (or links) to MHBassAuditions@gmail.com that includes the following songs:

1) This Is The End
2) Halo
3) Beautiful Mourning

"Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location."

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Mayhem Festival 2013 Lineup Announced

The lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was announced today. Artists performing on the 2013 fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).

All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. The latest Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates and venues are listed below: More...

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Machine Head Parts Ways With Bassist

Bassist Adam Duce, a founding member of Machine Head along with singer/guitarist Robb Flynn, has left the band. Machine Head has issued a statement, which reads:

"Machine Head and bassist Adam Duce have parted ways. The split is amicable, and Machine Head would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors.

"The band will continue on for the time being as a three-piece and have begun the writing process for their follow-up to 2011's Unto The Locust. A late 2013 release is projected."

Follow Machine Head's latest activity and find info on upcoming live shows at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Footage From Robb Flynn's Acoustic Show Online

Footage from the first of Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn's acoustic performances surrounding his NAMM appearance has surfaced. The following videos were taken at On The Rox in Hollywood on Monday, January 21st:

"The Burning Red"

"Descend The Shades Of Night"
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Robb Flynn Announces Acoustic Shows

In anticipation of his upcoming acoustic performance Friday, January 25th at NAMM, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has decided to book four acoustic shows at various bars and intimate clubs in the greater Orange County/Los Angeles area. He will be performing a mix of cover songs and re-interpreted Machine Head songs. Here are those show dates:

Mon Jan 21st: On The Rox, Hollywood, CA
Wed Jan 23rd: Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside, CA
Thu Jan 24th: Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
Sat Jan 26th: The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, Fullerton, CA

Robb will be performing at 9:30PM on all nights, check venue websites for support and other info.

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Robb Flynn Posts New Band Diary

Robb Flynn of Machine Head used to write diaries on the band's website pretty regularly, but life got in the way, or as he puts it: "between touring and all the demands of Machine Head, as well as being a husband, and full-time Dad to two young boys when I'm not on tour, I just haven't had the time. On top of that, my diaries had snowballed into epic endeavors that seemed to demand more and more with every installment and that just started to overwhelm the whole process."

Robb has now finally posted a new diary entry, which includes his thoughts on Stone Sour's "House of Gold & Bones Part 1" and performing at the memorial service for Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker, who died in a motorcycle accident in December.

Check out a clip below of Robb singing Black Sabbath's "Die Young" and talking about his friendship with Mitch. You can also read the full new blog entry from Robb at this location. More...

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Machine Head To Return To Dethklok Tour As Planned

After being forced to miss a total of 9 dates due to frontman Robb Flynn’s emergency hernia surgery, Machine Head will be returning to the Dethklok, All That Remians, and The Black Dahlia Murder tour for the November 24th date in Portland, Oregon as expected, and continuing on as scheduled.

Flynn arrived back in the Bay Area on Saturday and has been recuperating at home with his family. Flynn says the experience “Totally sucked balls," but is "feeling stronger now, especially after a heavy listening schedule of Accept's 'Balls To The Wall,' AC/DC's 'Big Balls,' hell, I even found time to record a cover of Soulfly's 'Eye For An Eye,' with the lyrics changed to 'Guts In The Nuts',” "Guts in da nuuuuuuts, guts in da nuts, in da nuts, in da nuts."

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Robb Flynn Posts Video Update After Surgery

Machine Head front man Robb Flynn is still recovering from hernia surgery, which caused the band to drop off nine tour dates. Robb has now posted a new video update on his progress, which can be viewed below.

Machine Head expects to rejoin the band's current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder on November 24th in Portland, Oregon. Machine Head's new double live album, "Machine Fucking Head Live," is also available everywhere now. More...

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Machine Head To Miss 9 Dates On Current Tour

Machine Head has been forced to exit their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder due to matters completely beyond their control.

Frontman Robb Flynn must have emergency surgery. Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January after completing the tour as he has been playing through the pain of a double inguinal hernia since the tour started in October. He had hoped to continue the tour despite extreme discomfort, but it's become too difficult to continue on. Flynn will undergo surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14 in Minneapolis before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. Machine Head will rejoin the tour in Portland, OR.

Machine Head extends its regrets to fans, the other bands, and the other crews for having to leave the tour prematurely.

Below is Flynn’s statement about his health and the tour: More...

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Machine Head To Miss House Of Blues Show

Machine Head regrets to inform fans that the band has been forced to pull out of the December 4th date of the Dethklok / All That Remains / The Black Dahlia Murder tour in Orlando. Roadrunner Records comments:

"In 2007, Walt Disney Properties banned Machine Head from the House of Blues venues in both Orlando and Anaheim, California, citing 'violent imagery,' 'inflammatory lyrics,' and 'undesirable fans' as the reason.

"Machine Head wishes to once again extend their gratitude to Live Nation and the House of Blues chain - Machine Head shows at the Dallas and Houston House of Blues venues will go on as scheduled."

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Machine Head Releasing Live Album

Machine Head will be releasing the new live album "Machine Fucking Head Live" on November 13th, 2012 via Roadrunner Records. The label comments:

"Machine Head's studio albums rule. We all know this. But honestly, you've got to experience this band's music in the live setting. Machine Head has spent nearly two full decades establishing itself as one of the best live acts in the hard rock and metal world, bringing venues and crowds to their knees night after night, for years at a stretch.

"So, the good news is that starting on November 13th and for the first time since 2003's Hellalive, you'll be able to experience the band's crushing live show in your home, on your iPhone, wherever. 'Machine Fucking Head Live,' a DOUBLE live album, features some of the best moments from the band's recent world tour." More...

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part I

SATURDAY 8/11

6:00am. YOU’VE KNOCKED A SCREW LOOSE, a taunting Protestant voice rattles my inner skull in a booze-muddled echo as I lope across a bed of sharp stones and plunge into the frigid river just this side of bare-assed.

The full immersion drowns that pesky voice mid-sentence. Eyes open under water; I find peaceful seclusion for a few precious, bone-chilling seconds.

Confirming the diagnosis as I breach the surface and hoist myself to my feet, waist-deep, skin already tightening from the abrupt system shock, a guy on the beach mutters something to his friend, shoots me a strange glare – did I somehow manage to insult his mom? – and twirls his finger near his temple. Yep.

Whatever. I reinforce the diagnosis and thrust double horns skyward, hoping to give the appearance of a calculated, decisive, tough, metal-inspired action and not the clumsy result of a dare, drowned brain cells, and a liquid blanket.

In either case, this is Metalcamp, and what happens at Metalcamp… gets reproduced (and photographed) on Metalunderground.com.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Touring With Dethklok

Detroit Michigan's The Black Dahlia Murder will be hitting the road this fall marking the band's first full U.S. tour since a spring headline run with Nile and Skeletonwitch. This time around The Black Dahlia Murder will be supporting Dethklok, the band from the Adult Swim Metalocalypse animated series, Machine Head, and All That Remains. The Dethklok North American tour kicks off on October 30th in Norfolk, VA and wraps up in Atlanta, GA on December 8. For ticket information, please visit this location.

Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments: "The rumors are true… the cat is out of the bag and we FINALLY get to talk about this amazing tour this fall… the excitement was almost too much to handle! We in TBDM are completely honored to be a part of this monstrous tour… we want to extend our thanks to Mr. Brendan Small for having us aboard. We'll do our best to impress the legions of ravenous Dethklok fans. Metalheads: See you this fall!" More...

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Machine Head's Bloodstock Performance Online

In case you missed Machine Head's performance at Bloodstock Open Air this past weekend, either in person on via the live feed, the entire hour and a half set of pro-shot footage has been posted online. Machine Head headlined the event on Saturday, playing the main Ronnie James Dio stage. Check out the full performance video below:

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