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.
Update: Check out the official announcement here.
While the official announcement has yet to be made, initial details about the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 are being reported around the 'net. Blabbermouth.net reports that Disturbed and Godsmack are rumored to be headlining this summer's touring festival, which will kick off in early July.
Here's the initial Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 lineup (more to be announced):
Rotating Opening Slot On Main Stage:
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
ALL SHALL PERISH
KINGDOM OF SORROW
A tip we received also indicates that Red Fang will be part of the lineup.
A total of 13 acts are expected to appear on the bill.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 tour dates appear to be:
Jul. 09 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 12 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Jul. 15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
Jul. 17 - Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Jul. 19 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 22 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Jul. 23 - Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau
Jul. 24 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Jul. 27 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Jul. 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 30 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 31 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 02 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 03 - Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug. 05 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 07 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 09 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
Aug. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
Please bear in mind, this is not yet official. The official announcement will be made on Monday, January 31st.
Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar. A video of the new guitar can be viewed below:
A new video trailer has been posted online promoting the forthcoming 2011 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. While no bands have been announced several sites are citing the following bands and acts that are rumored to appear: Disturbed, Megadeth, Godsmack
In Flames, Trivium, Machine Head and Unearth. An official announcement is expected shortly.
Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar.
In other news, Flynn and Machine Head drummer Dave McClain will both be appearing at this year's NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Dave McClain will be signing at the Yamaha booth on Saturday, January 15 at 11:15 a.m with Robb appearing at the Epiphone booth on Friday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Just For Fun
It's getting towards the end of the year, which means it's "top ten" list time again. Roadrunner Records has thrown its hat into the ring, sharing the top 10 albums various artists bought during the course of 2010. The picks from Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Dommin, Airbourne, Megadeth, Grand Magus, and Machine Head can be found below.
Mikael Akerfeldt Opeth Frontman:
Tears for Fears - Seeds of Love
Toshi Ichiyanagi - Flowers
The Dream - Get Dreamy
Yonin Bayashi - Isshoku Sokuhatsu
Serge Gainsbourg - Historie de Melody Nelson
Pain of Salvation - Road Salt Pt. 1
The Churchills - s/t
Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
Wil Malone - Wil
JB Grand Magus Frontman:
Paul Gilbert - Fuzz Universe
John Norum - Play Yard Blues
Cathedral - The Guessing Game
Darkthrone - Circle The Wagons
Witchery - Witchkrieg
Spiritual Beggars - Return To Zero
Watain - Lawless Darkness
Necronaut - Necronaut
Accept - Blood of the Nations
Unleashed - As Yggdrasil Trembles More...
New Zealand's Just One Fix has issued the following update about The Metal Bar releasing a compilation album:
"That's right, The Metal Bar (vocalist Riccardo Ball's all-metal show on Juice TV) is releasing it's very own album, including 38 brutal tracks scattered over two discs from acts all around the world such as Slipknot, Trivium, Machine Head, Cavalera Conspiracy, Megadeth, Cradle of Filth, Soulfly, Mastodon, Korn, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Heaven and Hell, Opeth, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Murderdolls, Hatebreed, Divine Heresy, Mutiny Within, Taking Dawn, Subtract, In Dread Response, Just One Fix, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood and heaps, heaps more.
"When the Knife Comes Down, our first single from new album 'Blood Horizon' which was nominated 'Best Metal Video' for the Juice Awards 2010, will be featured on the album! Support the metal - pick up your copy September 27!"
Gary Holt, guitarist for thrash legends Exodus, has been announced as one of the guest musicians set to appear on the debut release from AC/DC tribute act AC/DZ. AC/DZ is a bay area AC/DC tribute act formed by Exodus guitarist Steve Souza. The album is also set to feature appearances from Machine Head's Phil Demmel, Testament's Steve Smyth and Rob Cavestany from Death Angel.
As was previously reported, Machine Head main man Robb Flynn's house was broken into, and guitars were among the stolen possessions. Flynn appeared on television asking for help in recovering the guitars, one of which was used to record the band's first album "Burn My Eyes" and the other was a gift from Dimebag Darrell. The video clip can be viewed below.
Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area group Machine Head had his home broken into between 1:15 PM and 3:15 PM PST on September 7th, 2010. Flynn and his family were not present during the invasion, and many items were stolen from his home. These items include the guitar that Flynn recorded Machine Head's first album, "Burn My Eyes," with, a gifted guitar from late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and Flynn’s son Zander’s mini Flying V; a gift he received from his family for Christmas. Other items stolen include Flynn’s wife’s jewelry, laptops, wakeboards, and cash.
"I am offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the black Ibanez Strat along with many stickers, a ‘Designated Drinker’ sticker,” announces Flynn. "Additionally, I am offering a $2,000 reward for the safe return of the blue Washburn Dimebolt prototype. An APB has been put out to every Guitar Center in Northern California and the police were able to get several fingerprints off of the two acoustics that the thieves handled, yet bizarrely left behind. Sightings of two suspicious vehicles have been reported, one a green/teal U.S.-make pickup truck, the other a white full-size work van. If anyone sees or hears of anything on Craigslist, eBay, at their guitar shop... anything, anywhere, Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately."
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH's "Die Young" song from the classic "Heaven and Hell" album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie's passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, "I don't know why I recorded this song, it doesn't really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world."
There are no plans to officially release Flynn's version of "Die Young," but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area's strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. More...
Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:
"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."
You can see the full list of winners below: More...
Well respected member of the Bay Area metal scene Debbie Abono passed away recently and veterans of the heavy metal community have posted some messages online, paying tribute to her work and her personality. Death Angel's Rob Cavestany wrote:
"Haven't been able to get online much the past few days on the road but now have had the chance to read all the posts about Debbie Abono and soak it all in. I want to express my gratitude and respect for all she did for our scene, my band and me individually. She was like a mom and mentor.
"She was there for us in so many ways at almost all the local shows and especially on one of the best tours we ever did (Death Angel - Act III / Forbidden - Twisted Into Form in 1990). Miss you, Debbie. Rest in peace." More...
Scottland's Man Must Die is already touring with Kataklysm and Decapitated for a Zero-Tolerance Sponsored U.K. tour. By mid-February they also announced to join the Black Possession Tour with Hatebreed and Machine Head. More...
Hatebreed have announced they will be touring Europe alongside Machine Head and Bleeding Through. The currently announced dates are as follows:
01/29 - Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller Music Hall
01/30 - Stockholm, SWE – Arenan
02/01 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki Ice Hall
02/03 - Copenhagen, DEN - Tap 1
02/04 - Amsterdam, HOL - Heineken Music Hall
02/05 - Brussels, BEL - Forest National
02/06 - Paris, FRA – Zenith
02/07 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage (Hatebreed headline show BLEEDING THROUGH support)
02/08 - Zurich, SWI - Volkshaus / Sportznetrum
02/09 - Milan, ITA - Alcatraz
02/10 - Vienna, AUS – Gasometer
02/11 – Prague, CZ – Abaton (Hatebreed headline show, BLEEDING THROUGH support)
02/12 - Munich, GER - Zenith
02/13 - Dresden, GER - Alter Schlachthof
02/14 - Cologne, GER – Palladium
02/15 – Moscow, Russia – Tochka Club (Hatebreed headline show)
02/16 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilion
02/17 – Newport, UK - Pavilion
02/18 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
02/19 - Barcelona, Spain (Hatebreed headline show)
02/21 - Birmingham, UK - Academy Birmingham
02/22 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Academy
02/23 - Glasgow, UK - Academy Glasgow
02/24 – Stoke, UK – Sugar Mill (Hatebreed headline show)
02/25 - Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy
02/26 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo
02/28 – Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
03/01 – Belfast, Ireland – St/ Georges Market
04/22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
04/23 - Meerhout, Belgium @ Grozrock
04/24 - Stuttgart, Germany @ LKA
04/25 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Hatebreed has announced the first three shows of the Black Procession tour with Machine Head (scheduled to take place in Stuttgart, Offenbach and Hamburg) have been postponed due to frontman Jamey Jasta falling ill. These shows will be rescheduled for mid-April time.
Jasta commented: "I feel terrible to have to miss these first 3 shows but I need this time to heal up to make sure I will be 100%."
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!!!"