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 has announced that they will be extending their Black Procession tour, with a tour of Australia and Japan. They will be joined on the trek by Hatebreed and Bleeding Through and will also be joined by Emmure in Australia and Crossfaith in Japan.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 16 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 17 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 18 - Osaka, Japan - Quattro
March 22 - Perth, Australia - Metropolis
March 24 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton
March 26 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
March 27 - Sydney, Australia - Luna Park
March 28 - Brisbane, Australia - River Stage
British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.
The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.
Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.
A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.
EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.
"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.
"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."
Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:
"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.
"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."
The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:
01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"
Just For Fun
A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.
The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...
Machine Head have added an extra five European dates to their upcoming "The Black Procession" tour. The tour kicks off January 23rd, 2010 and also features Hatebreed, Bleeding Through, and All Shall Perish. The extra dates are as follows:
2/17 - U.K., Newport - Newport Centre
2/22 - U.K., Leeds - Leeds Academy
2/25 - U.K., Newcastle - Newcastle Academy
2/28 - Ireland, Dublin - Olympia
3/1 - Ireland, Belfast - Georges Market
In an update from Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, he revealed that the band have been in the studio recently putting their own spin on the classic Pantera song, "Fucking Hostile." The message reads as follows:
"Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. After two and a half years of touring we're (finally) two months into a three month break, and let me tell you, it's been awesome!!! I've been out camping / wake-boarding a ton, Adam (Duce) is taking flying lessons and just did his first brief solo flight, Dave's (McClain) hanging in Alameda enjoying his new Yamaha drum kit (amazing!) and was hanging in L.A. with the KORN dudes and his long time buddy Ross Robinson, and Phil (Demmel) was most recently Best Man at his best friend Shack's wedding. We've also found time to hop into Trident Studios with Juan Urteaga and record a PANTERA tune for a b-side. We're doing 'Fucking Hostile'!!! Dave is done with drums (nailed it on the 2nd take!), and I finished guitars yesterday and got vocals in the bag. Phil comes in tomorrow, then Adam, then it'll be mixed and mastered by the end of the week. Mike Sloat has been documenting, so we'll probably have video snippets up when the whole thing gets closer to release.
"We also just announced our sole US. headline date on November 6th in NY, so fuckin' A!!! Come make a road trip to N.Y. for some raging metal!!!"
Machine Head has announced a headlining show in Farmingdale, NY before their tour with Slayer and Megadeth. Machine Head’s complete tour schedule is as follows:
11.06 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
11.08 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
11.09 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Metro Centre
11.11 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
11.12 - Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena
11.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
11.15 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
11.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
11.18 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
11.20 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre
11.21 - Richmond, VA - The National
11.22 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
11.23 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
11.25 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
11.27 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
11.28 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
11.30 - Corpus Christi, TX - Pavillion @ Concrete Street
12.01 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
12.02 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
12.03 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Events Center
12.05 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay *sold out*
12.07 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center
12.08 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena *sold out*
12.10 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center *sold out*
12.12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
Machine Head has posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Struck A Nerve" at the Sonisphere Festival. The video clip can be viewed below. More...
Megadeth and Slayer are coming back to Canada to finish their touring business there in what has been dubbed "Canadian Carnage East." The five-date Canadian Carnage East kicks off on November 8 in Moncton, NB and wraps up in Toronto on November 13. The co-headlining tour will feature Machine Head and Suicide Silence, and will see Megadeth and Slayer alternating the closing spot. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 18 at 10AM local time (see below for more ticketing info).
Megadeth and Slayer laid waste to four Canadian cities earlier this year when they joined up for the first "Canadian Carnage," marking the first time the bands had shared a stage anywhere in 18 years.
Expect both Slayer and Megadeth to perform classic favorites as well as brand-new material - Megadeth's 12th studio album, "Endgame," is scheduled for a September 15 release, while Slayer's "World Painted Blood," the band's 10th studio venture, will be released on November 3. Slayer will be performing "Psychopathy Red," from their new album, live on stage.
Dates for the Canadian Carnage East are as follows:
NOVEMBER 8 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
Purchase tickets at MonctonColiseum.com, Moncton Coliseum box office, and charge by phone - 506.857.4100
NOVEMBER 9 Halifax Metro Center, Halifax, NS
Purchase tickets at TicketAtlantic.com, Atlantic Superstore outlets, Halifax Metro Centre box office, and charge by phone - 902.451.1221
NOVEMBER 11 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Purchase tickets at GEG.ca, Bell Centre box office, and charge by phone - 514.790.2525 or 877.668.8269
NOVEMBER 12 Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
Purchase tickets at Billetech.com, Colisee Pepsi box office, and charge by phone - 418.691.7211 or 800.900.7469
NOVEMBER 13 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations, Livenation.com, Air Canada Centre box office, and charge by phone - 416.870.8000
According to Slayer guitarist Kerry King, a dream tour featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax could well be in the works. Speaking to Britain's Metal Hammer magazine, King stated:
“I’ve heard people referencing Lars. I don’t know Lars that well and I haven’t heard it from Lars but apparently he’s talking to somebody about it. Maybe us, Metallica, Megadeth (and), I think he even threw in Anthrax and I said in this day and age, I know we had that time together but how do you leave out Machine Head? There’s better options than Anthrax and that’s nothing against Anthrax, but they’ve just been in pieces for quite some time and that doesn’t make as much sense to me."
The closest the world has got to having the "Big Four" tour together came in 1991 when Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax were joined on tour by the up and coming Alice In Chains, who stepped in for Bay Area thrashers Death Angel, on the Clash Of The Titans tour. The tour also went to Europe where Megadeth and Slayer performed without Anthrax and Alice In Chains but with Suicidal Tendencies and Testament.
Heavy metal group Machine Head has announced that they will be heading to Europe in January for their "The Black Procession" tour. This will be the last part of their touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2007 album, "The Blackening." Joining them on the tour will be Hardcore Metal group Hatebreed, Bleeding Through and All Shall Perish.
Frontman Robb Flynn states: "After three years of touring we are beyond stoked to finish this tour cycle on our own terms, with our show, our stage, our production, our control, and we're lucky enough to bring three of our favorite bands along with us, it's going to be fucking massive!" Machine Head have also decided to do things a little differently for the fans this time around and will be playing two or more intimate shows in 3,000 - 4,000 seat venues instead of the massive arena shows fans have grown accustomed to.
Bassist Adam Duce adds, "Having done arenas now since The Black Crusade as well as the Metallica and Slipknot tours, we thought it would be killer to give the fans a chance to have a couple different setlists, and mix things up a bit. It's gonna be fun for us to see which gems we dig up!"
As you may know, Chi Cheng, bass player for the Deftones, is currently in a semi-conscious state following an automobile accident in Santa Clara, CA on November 4th, 2008. Chi is slowly making progress but he needs your help.
Fieldy has organized an amazing cast of musicians from Machine Head, Metallica, Korn, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust and more to record an epic song for Chi.
You can help support Chi and his family by heading over to the A Song For Chi site where you can download your free copy of the song, watch the music video and make a donation. 100% of your donation will go to Chi and his family to help cover his ongoing medical expenses.
"A Song For Chi" featuring Jim Root (Slipknot), Sid (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Korn), Fieldy (Korn), Dave Mc Clain (Machine Head), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Brian "Head" Welch (formerly of Korn), Munky (Korn), Wayne Lozinak (Hatebreed), Wuv (POD), Mike Wengren (Disturbed) and Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage). The song was produced by Fieldy (Korn) and Q (Stillwell), engineered by Q (Stillwell) and Ralph Patlan, and mixed by Jim "Bud" Monti. The video, which can be seen below, was directed by Sébastien Paquet.
"A Song For Chi" Music Video
British fans who were able to attend the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth last weekend will be able to watch the highlights of the show on August 14th when Channel 4 broadcasts a special show at 12:10am which will feature live and backstage footage. Bands featured on the program include Metallica, Linkin Park, Anthrax, Machine Head, Feeder, Heaven & Hell, Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine and Taking Back Sunday. There will also be a video diary from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.
Metallica has announced that Lamb Of God will be unable to join them on tour in December so in their place will be Machine Head. A message from the band reads as follows:
"While we are still enjoying our European summer vacation, a quick note here about the Fall shows in North America. Our French friends Gojira will be joining us, along with Lamb of God, for shows September 14 - October 18, while Lars' brethren from Denmark Volbeat will hanging for the shows October 26 – December 12. One other quick thing - unfortunately Lamb of God cannot continue on with us in December, so we'll have Machine Head out on those dates!
"See you out there!"
Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmell collapsed at the end of the band's set for the Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland. Fortunately, Demmell has now fully recovered. The guitarist suffers from a condition called cardiogenic syncope, which means his heart sometimes fails to pump enough blood to the brain, resulting in a black out.
The organizers of the annual Ride For Dime event has announced a special BBQ & Bash All Star Jam which will feature former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and many more including members of Testament, Staind, Shinedown, Snot, Machine Head and Buckcherry.
Meet and Starting Point:
Longhorn Harley-Davidson / Buell, located at 2830 W Interstate 20 Grand Prairie, TX
12:30pm -- bike staging
2:30pm -- ride begins under police escort, total ride 38 Miles
3:30pm -- arrive at the Palladium for parking lot party
BBQ & Bash All Star Jam:
6:00pm -- doors
California based metal outfit Machine Head has announced that due to an arguement with the events organizers over their billing, they will not be performing at Sonisphere U.K. on August 2nd. A message from the band reads as follows:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that we must announce that Machine Head will not be playing the Sonisphere date at Knebworth in the UK on August 2nd.
"In a turn of events that has left us absolutely baffled, the promoter of the UK Sonisphere festival recently placed, unbeknownst to us, LIMP BIZKIT in our 3rd slot on the festival. Seeing as the running order was a significant part of the negotiation and agreement between us and the promoter, and the fact that we had been advertised in that slot since the festival's announcement, you can imagine our surprise when we were "told" that we would now be playing in the 4th slot, under Limp Bizkit, and bizarrely, it was actually expected that we would quietly move down the bill without issue. We will not.
"Machine Head turned down the U.K.'s Download Festival, a festival we are very fond of - which incidentally, had us above Limp Bizkit - to commit to the Knebworth festival, as we felt a closer kinship to the bands performing this year. In an effort to make this situation in Knebworth work, we have spent more than a week striving to resolve this issue in a proper manner. Unfortunately, that did not happen. More...
Metallica frontman James Hetfield joined Machine Head on stage at the KoPi-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany last night (Saturday May 16th) to perform the song '"Aesthetics Of Hate." You can check out a video of the performance below. Machine Head are currently the special guests on Metallica's headlining tour of Europe. More...
Machine Head has issued the following update about their bassist missing out on the upcoming Stockholm show:
"Adam Duce is currently recovering from an emergency root canal to address a massive infection in his jaw, and as a result will miss Monday's Metallica show in Stockholm. Replacing Duce on bass for the show will be our good friend Jensen of local metal heroes The Haunted. Says Duce, 'Apparently I've had this abscessed tooth breeding infection just above my mouth for a couple of years. The pain was tolerable and I didn't think to have it checked out. I went to the doctor to see if it was ok to fly, and she told me to go get some x-rays. My dentist found the abscessed tooth as soon as he looked at the x-rays and sent me to another dentist that could fit me in immediately for a root canal procedure. The dentist also informed me that I couldn't fly with that condition because, believe it or not, it could be fatal due to how close the infection is to my brain. I apologize to all the fans in Sweden for not being able to be there for Mondays show. Thanks for your understanding and I'll see you next time.' Adam will return for Wednesday's show in Munich."
The organizers of the British leg of this years Sonisphere festival have announced that four more bands will be joining the bill at Knebworth. Welsh alternative rockers Feeder will be performing at the event, as will Skindred, Frank Turner and Taking Back Sunday. The lineup for the festival, which will be held between August 1st-2nd, is now as follows:
Alice In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
Nine Inch Nails
Taking Back Sunday
Machine Head has issued the following announcement about their upcoming summer festival appearances:
"Summer festival season is right around the corner, and Machine Head have been confirmed for numerous shows across Europe, including headlining Wacken Open Air 2009, Storas Festival, Nova Rock and Tokaj Festival, as well as co-headlining with Marilyn Manson at Kobetasonik and Hellfest! The Head will also be playing Sonisphere UK, Spain and Finland, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, playing with Korn in Berlin and Slipknot in Madrid... and there's even more to come! Check the Tours page for up-to-the-minute details, and stay tuned for more!"