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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Fans can relive their Rockstar Energry Drink Mayhem Festival memories with the "Mayhem: 2008-2013" book, a collection of dynamic and bold photos spanning the first six years of the festival. The following press release was also issued:
"Created by Los Angeles-based photographer Strati Hovartos, this book gives an inside view of the fearless, behind-the-scenes look at the art, the rebellion and the grit that, in all of its glory… is Mayhem! As the official tour photographer, Strati’s body of work has documented the festival since its inception.
"Striking and bold, his images have captured epic performances of Metal greats, such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. With the turn of every page, your mind will be dominated and transported to the timelessness of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' features special forewords by Rockstar Festival co-creators Kevin Lyman and John Reese, as well as Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Jason May.
"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' is available now as a 2014 ticket buyer exclusive in select markets, so make sure to add 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' to your Ticketmaster ticket purchase at check out! If you purchase a VIP package, 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' automatically comes with your purchase. If you’ve already purchased your ticket or 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' isn’t available in your market, standby – more details on how to get the book are coming soon, including details on how to obtain it via the upcoming Rockstar Festival online store. More...
Machine Head is currently working on an upcoming album, and now the second in a series of short segments regarding the production side of the album's creation has been posted online. Check it out below.
After announcing an 11 date U.S. club tour specifically aimed at smaller markets, Machine Head is now proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for the U.K. and Europe.
The 15 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates this Winter, but more importantly will hit numerous cities that Machine Head hasn't headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never even played at all.
Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn: "In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014.
"No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head ans that who don't often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities.
"I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus, we'd never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the funnest shows we've ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It's Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. More...
Machine Head is proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S. Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn:
"When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles.
"These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) 'B and C markets,' (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc...). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.
"Part of the reason we don't hit these places, is that sometimes their local economy just can't afford to pay as well as a major city. As a band, Machine Head has always made the effort to re-invest in our band rather than pocket the money. We've done a lot of tours where we lost buttloads of cash, all in the name of giving our fans the best show of their lives. That is what is most important to us.
"And with that said, we're probably gonna lose some moolah doing this club run. But you know what? The way we look at it, this is also re-investing in our band, by investing in the most important thing we have, YOU! It's giving die-hard Machine Head fans, the Head Cases in the nooks and crannies of America, the places that are often starving for live music, something special and unforgettable.
"And local bands you are welcome to jump on in every city. Because this will be the first time that we've ever played a lot of these cities, we're not even sure if we HAVE fans there, but we believe we can break even!! More...
Machine Head is currently in the studio recording an eighth album, which will be followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle. The first production blog from the album's recording can be found at this location.
This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing Machine Head’s next full-length album, the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store Day (April 19th, 2014), the label is excited to release a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings." Side B of the release will also feature Machine Head covering a track by the southern CA hardcore outfit, Ignite.??
“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both Metallica demos, Exodus demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of 'Pleasure Of The Flesh' by Exodus, easily 2 years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we're gonna do that for you. I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff."
This limited edition 10” will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.?? The track listing is as follows:
Side One: Killers & Kings (demo version)
Side Two: Our Darkest Days/Bleeding (Ignite cover)
There is officially a new Machine Head album on the way, and today you can watch the first in a series of short segments regarding the production of the new album.
Check it out below, and stay tuned for more details on the coming full-length release.
Machine Head has a Record Store Day release coming, which will feature new song "Killers & Kings" along with a cover track. Video of the band laying down vocals for the release can be seen below, and Machine Head also comments:
"A short clip of Dave, Phil, and Jared laying down backing vocals for Record Store Day b-side to the 'Killers & Kings' demo, 10" vinyl single, a cover of the Ignite classic 'Our Darkest Days / Bleeding.'"
If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.
This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:
Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”
Machine Head signed with Nuclear Blast back in October, and now the band has issued the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"As you may have noticed there aren't any, 'hey, were in the recording studio' updates happening. That's because were not!
"A few Journals ago I said we'd hit the studio at end of October, and while we tried our damnedest to make that deadline, the fact is, we weren't ready.
"We started writing in January of this year but between the bassist auditions, teaching Jared all the old tunes, rehearsing for headline dates, doing Mayhem, getting Jared up to speed on the new tunes, and back into writing mode in September, we just didn't have the songs yet. We probably only wrote music for 4 out of those 9 months, if we went in, it would have been rushed. More...
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...
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."
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...
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.
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...
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...
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
3) Beautiful Mourning
"Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location."
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...
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.
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"
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.