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.
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.
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.
American heavy metal oufit Machine Head has been confirmed as the latest band for Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, which will take place between August 2nd - 4th in 2012. Machine Head will be releasing their new studio album, "Unto The Locust" on September 26th in Europe with a North American release date of September 27th to follow. This will be their first album since 2007's highly acclaimed, "The Blackening."
The Wacken lineup is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
Machine Head is set to release the new album "Unto the Locust" on September 27th, 2011. Front man Robb Flynn has now teamed up with Metalinjection to post a video clip online discussing the new album, which can be viewed below. You can also check out a lyric video clip for the song "Locust" by heading over here.
Machine Head's latest studio album, "Unto the Locust," will be in stores on September 27th, and the band has now teamed up with Metal Injection to post a lyric video for the "Locust" single. Check out the clip below.
In celebration of release of the new album "Unto The Locust" on September 27th, Machine Head will be attending four listening events in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Oakland. These events provide fans with an opportunity to celebrate the album’s release with the band and hear the new album in its entirety (Machine Head will not be performing at any of these events).
Says vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn of the festivities, “There are listening parties being held for this release all over the world, but we felt that putting a handful of events together here in the States and attending them ourselves would be a great way to give our fans and friends across the country a chance to hear the album before its release, and us a chance to hang with all of them as that’s happening. We can’t wait!”
Details are as follows:
Thursday, September 22nd - Los Angeles, CA - On The Rox (upstairs at The Roxy Theatre), 9009 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Presented by Full Metal Jackie - 10:00 PM, 21 & Over.
Saturday, September 24th - New York, NY - Last Rites Tattoo Theatre & Gallery, 511 West 33rd St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001 9:00 PM, All Ages, refreshments will be served.
Sunday, September 25th – Chicago, IL - Exit, 1315 West North Ave, Chicago, Il 60622 Presented by The Chicago Metal Factory - 9:00 PM, 21 & Over.
Tuesday, September 27th – Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607 8:00 PM, All Ages.
Machine Head has posted a behind-the-scenes video from the recording of the new album "Unto The Locust," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 27th, 2011 in the U.S. Check out the studio clip below.
Machine Head has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Metal Injection attended the Holmdel, NJ stop of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and asked artists a series of questions. You can check out one of the clips below, in which bands discuss what acts they like to watch live. Metal Injection also commented on the video:
"We ask the bands of the 2011 Mayhem Fest to talk about which bands they enjoy watching live during the fest. See how members of Trivium, Machine Head, In Flames, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Red Fang answer. Come back all week long for more Mayhem Fest Ask the Artists."