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Formed: 1993
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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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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:

CD
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

DVD
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:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
BILLY TALENT
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
MACHINE HEAD
UNEARTH
SUICIDE SILENCE
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
RED FANG
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
BLACKGUARD
CRYPTOPSY
DEAD & DIVINE
NECRONOMICON
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
GRIMSKUNK

Sunday, July 24:
KISS
MOTÖRHEAD
MORBID ANGEL
ANNIHILATOR
OPETH
ANTHRAX
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
THE SWORD
TIMES OF GRACE
DEVILDRIVER
DIAMOND HEAD
GIRLSCHOOL
ENDAST
GORGUTS
LAZURUS A.D.
LES GUENILLES
THE CATALYST
ANONYMUS

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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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Metal Bands Announced For 2011 "Soundwave" Tour

Notable metal bands have been revealed to be taking part in the forthcoming Australian "Soundwave Revolution" tour. The four date trek, which features over thirty bands in total, will begin in Brisbane on September 24, 2011. You can view the list of confirmed metal bands as well as the tour dates below.

Alice Cooper
Machine Head
Danzig
Cro-Mags
Set Your Goals
The Devin Townsend Project
The Damned Things
Steel Panther
Gojira
Hatebreed
Every Time I Die
Funeral For A Friend
Unearth
Hellyeah
Times of Grace
Whitechapel
Watain
Skindred
The Acacia Strain
In This Moment
The Word Alive
Holy Grail

Pop and rock acts are also scheduled to appear*

09/24 Brisbane, QLD – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/25 Sydney, NSW – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/30 Melbourne, VIC – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/01 Adelaide, SA – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/03 Perth, WA – Soundwave Revolution 2011

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Machine Head Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview with Machine head conducted during its appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show has been posted online. You can view the video interview in the player below.

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Video Report Available From Golden Gods Awards

Metal Injection has posted a video report from the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards black carpet. Some of the names featured in the report include Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Chris Jericho, Vince Neil, Volbeat, Asking Alexandria, Sebastian Bach, Machine Head, The Ozzy Osbourne Band, Suicide Silence, Anthrax, MMA Fighter Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, and Sirius/XM radio personality Jose Mangin. The entire clip can be seen below.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Machine Head Finishing Writing New Album

Machine Head is finishing up writing their new album, which will be the follow up to "The Blackening." Here's the update they posted via Facebook:

"And so it begins... Machine Head are currently wrapping up writing for their as-yet-untitled seventh album and will be entering Green Day's Jingletown Studios in Oakland, CA this Saturday, April 16th to begin recording! As if that wasn't enough, we've also got a brand new video clip to whet your appetite!"

You can check out a "Making Of" video for the new album here.

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Official Rockstar Mayhem 2011 Lineup Announced

The official lineup and dates for the 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has finally been announced. Confirming much of what was leaked last week, DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH will headline the main stage, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more bands. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.

The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.

The 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.

“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can't Fu@?kin' wait!!!”

Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It's been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we've been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.” More...

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2011 Initial Details

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):

Main Stage:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
MEGADETH

Rotating Opening Slot On Main Stage:
MACHINE HEAD
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM

Second Stage:
SUICIDE SILENCE
UNEARTH
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.

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Robb Flynn Signature Guitar Unveiled At NAMM

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:

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2011 Mayhem Festival Trailer Posted Online

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.

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Robb Flynn To Release Signature Guitar

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.

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