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Formed: 1993
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.

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

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...

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Sunday Old School: Machine Head

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...

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Machine Head Listening Party Footage Available

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.


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Machine Head Confirmed For Wacken 2012

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:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Gamma Ray
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Machine Head
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under

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Machine Head Discusses New Album "Unto The Locust"

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.

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Machine Head Posts "Locust" Lyric Video

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.

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Machine Head Announces Album Listening Sessions

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.

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Machine Head Posts "Unto The Locust" Studio Clip

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...

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Musicians Discuss What Bands They Like To Watch

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."

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Machine Head Video Interview Posted Online

LocalBozo.com has posted a video interview online with Machine Head's Dave McClain, which was conducted at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. You can check out the clip below.

Backstage Interview with Machine Head's Dave McClain at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival from LocalBozo on Vimeo.

Machine Head's upcoming album is titled "Unto the Locust," and the track listing and artwork can be viewed below. More...

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Machine Head Reveals New Album Artwork

Machine Head has announced the band's new album and follow-up to "The Blackening" will be titled "Unto the Locust." You can now check out the album's artwork and track listing below.

"Unto the Locust" standard edition:

1. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes to the Sky
2. Be Still and Know
3. Locust
4. This is the End
5. Darkness Within
6. Pearls Before the Swine
7. Who We Are

"Unto the Locust" special edition:

1. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes to the Sky
2. Be Still and Know
3. Locust
4. This is the End
5. Darkness Within
6. Pearls Before the Swine
7. Who We Are
8. The Sentinel*
9. Witch Hunt*
10. Darkness Within (Acoustic)*
*Bonus tracks

The Making of Unto the Locust Documentary

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Machine Head Video Interview Available Online

Metalholic has posted a new video interview online with Machine Head's Phil Demmel, which was conducted at the Mayhem Festival on July 13th, 2011. You can check out the clip in the player below.

Machine Head also recently announced an upcoming string of South American shows with Sepultura. Details are available here.

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Machine Head To Tour South America

American metal outfit Machine Head has announced that they will be promoting their forthcoming new studio album,"Unto The Locust" in South America by performing select shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, where they will be joined by Brazilian metal legends Sepultura.

Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn exclaims, "Going back to South America is going to be fucking rad! The crowds there are absolutely insane, it has been a long time coming and we cannot wait for this! We've been working on getting back there for a while now and this proved to be a great opportunity." He adds, "This is going to crush, and having Sepultura together with us? Well, all I'll say is that these dates are going to be one hell of a monster unleashed on the crowds in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. No one will be left standing at the end of the night!"

Sepultura frontman Derrick Green adds, "We are all looking forward to touring with Machine Head in South America. It was an idea that we have had for some time and it will be a great pleasure to share the stage with them. This is a show that cannot be missed by anyone."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Machine Head Guitarist Checks In

Machine head guitarist Phil Demmel has checked in with a video update about the group's forthcoming new album, "Unto The Locust," which they are currently recording in JingleTown Studios in Oakland, California, with frontman Robb Flynn producing. You can check out the video below. "Unto The Locust" is planned to be released in North America on September 27th through Roadrunner Records More...

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Machine Head Announces European Tour

American heavy metal outfit Machine Head has announced that the group will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this November, in support of a forthcoming, as-yet untitled new studio album, which is expected to be released this September through Roadrunner Records. Support on the trek will come from Bring Me The Horizon, Devildriver, and Darkest Hour.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 2 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
November 3 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
November 5 - Tampere, Finland - Sorsapuistosali
November 6 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
November 8 - Fredriksberg, Denmark - KB Hallen
November 9 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
November 10 - Dresden, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
November 24 - Neu-Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
November 25 - Munich, Germany - Kesselhaus
November 26 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Arena
November 30 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
December 3 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
December 4 - Birmingham, UK - National Indoor Arena
December 5 - Glasgow, UK - Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)
December 6 - Manchester, UK - Central

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New Machine Head Song Available

American metal act Machine Head has made its new single available online for streaming. The track, titled "Locust," will appear on the band's as-yet-untitled new full length album - which is currently planned for a September 27, 2011 release date through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the song in the player below.

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Machine Head Posts New Song Teaser Online

Machine Head have made a new 30 second teaser of its new single available online for streaming. The track, titled "Locust," is set to be digitally released on June 17, 2011 and will appear on the band's as-yet-untitled new full length album - which is currently planned for a September 27, 2011 release date through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the song in the player below.

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Machine Head Reveals New Album Release Date

American metal veterans Machine Head has announced that their new, as-yet untitled studio album, their first since 2007's highly acclaimed, "The Blackening," will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 27th in North America. In the meantime, fans will be able to hear the first single from the record, which is entitled, "Locust" as from June 14th, when an advance mix of the song will be available to purchase from iTunes as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival sampler.

"We've been working on the record for a few weeks now, and when the opportunity to be a part of the free Mayhem sampler came up, we did not want to pass up the chance," said Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. "We're so pumped for our fans to hear the new music that we're so proud of."

Flynn went a little deeper about the meaning of the song, saying, "'Locust' is a metaphor. Locusts fly in a swarm, but they can't control which direction they fly; they float on the wind, they land, cause massive destruction, and then float away on the wind to leave you in the aftermath. The song is a metaphor for a type of person that sometimes comes into your life and has a similar effect." More...

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:

Sunday, July 24:

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Machine Head Posts More Studio Footage

American modern metal act Machine Head has posted some new studio footage online. The band is currently working on the follow up to its critically acclaimed album "The Blackening." You can view the studio clip in the player below:

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