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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A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder
Machine Head was the first show that I actually bothered to pay money for since seeing Behemoth two years ago. “Unto the Locust” is an amazing album and I've never seen Machine Head headline a show. I caught them opening when they were touring with Metallica back in 2009 and they impressed me enough to get me to buy a shirt. Naturally, I was upset to see that they weren’t headlining for another two years and I wasn’t going to pass up this great opportunity. More...
The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.
The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.
The track list is as follows:
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...
A flyer posted online by reunited grunge outfit Soundgarden has revealed a further fourteen more bands for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Amongst the new confirmations are Tenacious D, drum and bass favourites Chase and Status, American thrash metal legends Anthrax and Californian metal veterans, Machine Head. The festival will be held at Donington Park from 8th-10th June.
The current lineup is as follows:
The Prodigy (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
August Burns Red
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six
Oakland, CA's Machine Head has released a brand new North American tour commercial in preparation for the band's upcoming headlining run with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour. You can view the tour commercial below.
The tour kicks off on January 15th in Denver, CO and will run through the U.S. for the remainder of the month, coming to a close on February 18th in the band’s hometown area of San Francisco, CA. See below for all current tour dates.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Rise to Remain has issued the following announcement about lineup changes, which has caused the band to cancel upcoming tour dates with Machine Head:
"Hey guys, as you’ve probably heard we’ve parted ways with Pat and Joe. It’s very sad that things didn’t work out between us, but they are great guys and all of us wish them the absolute best in their futures.
"As an unfortunate result, we’ve had to pull out of our debut US tour supporting Machine Head, and our album release date is now June 5th for North America. We apologise to all our stateside fans for this cancellation, we did not want to let you guys down, as this is obviously sudden news. However, we will be including four brand new and exclusive tracks on our US release of City Of Vultures, and we have got many more new and exciting things to announce over the coming weeks. We are in the audition process right now, and we are very much looking onwards and upwards.
"Please say a collective thanks to Joe and Pat for everything they did in Rise, they are great dudes and they will go far in whatever they choose to do next. See you all in March for some mayhem, and thank you for everything."
The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show has posted a new video interview online with Phil Demmel of Machine Head. Check out the video interview below.
You can also find a previously posted video interview with Machine Head drummer Dave McClain at this location.
Yamaha has posted a video interview with Machine Head drummer Dave McClain during the band's recent Eighth Plague tour. Dave talks about his way to becoming a drummer and his Yamaha Oak Custom kit and hardware.
If you didn't catch the recent interview with guitarist Phil Demmel, you can check it out here.
Slovenian act Inmate has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp 2012 festival:
"Here it is! We are coming to Metalcamp 2012 Tolmin/Slovenia!
"This year's line-up is amazing: Amon Amarth, Kataklysm, Machine Head, Pain, The Black Dahlia Murder, Sabaton and many more! DON'T MISS OUT!!! Stay IN, MATEs!"
During a performance of Machine Head's classic track "Davidian" at a recent show in Brussels, guitarist Phil Demmel became yet another victim of an unidentified heckler wielding an airborne missile - in this case, a shoe. Demmel promptly exited the stage following the incident, while his bandmates played on as a three-piece.
Demmel (and, oddly, bassist Adam Duce) remained conspicuously absent for the bow at the conclusion of the band's set.
The organizers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have announced that next year's edition of the event, scheduled to take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany, has already sold out. A message from the organizers reads as follows:
"Amazing! Wacken is sold out for the seventh time in a row! For the seventh time in a row Wacken Open Air is sold out and never before in such a short time! All 75,000 tickets are sold. Thanx for your support, metalheads! A huge part of the billing is already announced including several special and exclusive shows as well as high-class acts. As every year we have made every effort to provide a terrific billing! And the announcements don´t stop. Via our online advent calendar at least one band will be announced every day during December. Together we will turn the 23. Wacken Open Air into a mega party!"
The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...
Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place from August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
Phil Demmel, lead guitarist of American heavy metal favourites Machine Head, was recently interviewed by Camstas which saw him discussing the group's new album, "Unto The Locust," as well as touring and tattoos. You can check it out below. Machine Head will be touring the United Kingdom this December, with a North American tour to follow early next year. More...
American heavy metal veterans Machine Head have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America in January, in support of their seventh studio album, "Unto The Locust." Joining them on the trek will be Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour and Rise To Remain.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 15 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
January 17 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
January 19 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
January 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Ballroom
January 21 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
January 22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 24 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
January 26 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
January 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
January 28 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
January 29 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
January 31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
February 1 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
February 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
February 3 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
February 4 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
February 6 - Norfolk, VA - NorVA Theatre
February 7 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
February 8 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
February 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
February 11 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
February 12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
February 13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
February 15 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
February 16 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
February 17 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
February 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Machine Head debuted its new music video for the song "Locust" on Metal Hammer. The song appears on the band's latest LP "Unto the Locust" released last month. Metal Underground's review of the release can be found this location.
Check out the video here:
Darkest Hour has posted another teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming European tour with Devildriver, Machine Head, and Bring Me the Horizon. You can check out the trailer below, or find Darkest Hour's recently posted music video for "Your Everyday Disaster" at this location.
Dates for the tour are as follows: More...
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.
Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.
A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...
Who says gang violence is restricted to rap music? If it weren’t for a fight between a local gang and Californian thrash metal band Vio-Lence, we may have never heard Machine Head, for it was this incident that inspired guitarist Robb Flynn to leave the group and form one of his own. Joining forces with bassist Adam Duce, drummer Tony Costanza and Canadian guitar player Logan Mader, the collective soon named themselves, Machine Head simply because, as Flynn states, "It sounded cool." Before long, they found themselves signed to Roadrunner Records, after a label representative heard the band’s demo tape which had been recorded in a friend’s bedroom. Costanza was soon replaced by Chris Kontos and Machine Head recorded their first album, "Burn My Eyes." The album was a success, reaching the top forty in albums charts in such countries as Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom and selling over 400,000 copies, a record for Roadrunner at the time. After supporting Slayer in Europe, the band found that they had become popular enough to head back to the continent and headline the same venues for themselves.
Following the tours, the group once again replaced the man behind the drum kit, this time bringing in German drummer Dave McClain, who had spent some time with American thrashers Sacred Reich. This new formation gave birth to Machine Head’s sophomore album, "The More Things Change," which was released in 1997 and entered the Billboard album charts at number 138. Machine Head then had the honour of participating in the first Ozzfest tour, during which they fired Mader after a backstage incident, replacing him with Ahrue Luster. They followed "The More Things Change" with perhaps their most controversial album to date, "The Burning Red." The record polarised critics and fans alike, who were unsure at best about certain musical aspects, including rapping vocals and an image change which saw some ridiculous outfits and hair cuts. Despite these factors, the album is currently the band’s second highest seller in the United States and the album’s inclusion of "Message In A Bottle" (originally by The Police) is considered by many to be one of the best versions of the song.
The criticism continued when the band released, "Supercharger" on October 2nd 2001. Musically, it was a continuation of "The Burning Red" and resulted in a feud between the band and Slayer guitarist Kerry King, who claimed after the album’s release that Machine Head had sold out. Although it sold quite well, the "Supercharger" years weren’t too kind to the band either, as the promotional video for the song, "Crashing Around You" was banned by radio stations owing to the recent 9/11 attacks, it was for this same reason that the music video for the song was also banned from being aired on MTV. The group took exception to this and left Roadrunner Records, touring in support of the album by their own means and without the support from a record label. The tour produced the live album, "Hellalive," which was released through Roadrunner to fulfil a contractual obligation. They then suffered another blow when Luster left the group, joining Ill Nino soon after. Machine Head were unable to attract any interest from other record labels in the United States, but were still signed to Roadrunner in Europe, through which they released their fifth album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires," now with new guitarist (and Vio-lence founder and long time friend of Flynn) Phil Demmel in tow. More...
Shock Blast Media has posted footage online from Machine Head's listening party for the new album "Unto The Locust" (reviewed here), which took place at Last Rights Tattoo Studio in New York City.
The first part of the clip can be viewed below, and the second half is available after the jump. You can also check out photos and a write-up about the evening by heading over to this location.