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Machine Head Debut New Track “Bastards”

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Machine Head debut the studio version of their new track “Bastards“. Take it in below ahead of the January 26th release of the band’s new effort “Catharsis“. As previously reported, frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn wrote the song after a conversation with his sons following Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election.

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1. Alb.🚷🚷🚷🚫🚫🚫🚫 writes:

Crap.

# Jan 13, 2018 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. NobleSavage writes:

Even by radio rock standards, this is terrible

# Jan 15, 2018 @ 7:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. not al writes:

Takes one to know one, chump.

# Jan 15, 2018 @ 7:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Drum_Junkie writes:

Ahh, Robbie wrote a lullaby. I guess, if it helps him sleep at night.

# Jan 15, 2018 @ 8:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

I will not be picking this one up.

# Jan 15, 2018 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

hahahahahaha, bobby really fvckin blows no :)

if I cared a lick, id be embarrassed for them cheesed!cks, but I aint at all haha ;)

# Jan 15, 2018 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Oldthrasherinflorida writes:

Rob Flynn sucks.....I'll never forgive the way he turned on phil anselmo after the dimebash incident....pretty much everything machine head has done since the blackening has been crap anyways....

# Jan 16, 2018 @ 8:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. psythe writes:

Well, it's not Machine Head. It is, however, probably the most honest song Robb Flynn's ever written. And that has a certain endearing quality to it, too. This isn't the kind of song that is going to be well received by MH fans, it's the kind of song an artist writes for themselves, because they feel the need to express themselves.

# Jan 16, 2018 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

@Psythe: Which is great if you don't need to sell any albums.

# Jan 17, 2018 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Drum_Junkie writes:

Psythe, I just can't get into it. I'm all for musicians growing, pushing boundaries and expressing themselves, but this just comes across as lazy. I'm not sure what you meant by honest. It was pointed, but I would offer "Days Turn Blue to Gray" as a more honest and visceral song. On that same album 15 years ago, he did better with the 'stand up and fight' message in "Wipe the Tears".

This song is just sloppy. The vocal delivery sounds like he downed a couple 40oz. malt liquors before stepping into the vocal booth. The Hammond organ is basic and nearly a rip off of Freebird in tone and chord progression.
The drums are not the tight and intricate performance McClain brought to the plate in every previous release.
The guitars are no better and without any of the trademark twin axe harmonies.

I would accept this song as a bonus track or B-side. However as an album track, it isn't one that pushes the band forward. As heartfelt as it may be to Robb, this will be forever associated with the current political times and won't age well. He's expressed himself better and can do better than this.

# Jan 17, 2018 @ 1:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. psythe writes:

Yeah, look. I get why he would have wanted to do this song, as an artist and as a human being. But I also turned it off halfway thru and won't be giving it a second run.

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. psythe writes:

Has me wondering if that reviewer on the money, tbh.

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. CorpusUpir writes:

So when did Machine Head become a bad version of the Drop Kick Murphy's?

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 4:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Drum_Junkie writes:

@psythe. Ha! I forgot about the (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) review. If the album sounds phoned in, the review may be a reaction to that. lol

@Corpus. LMAO! Robbie O'Flynn?

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 8:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Blindgreed1 writes:

Holy sh!t DJ. You nailed it with the DTBTG analogy.

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 10:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Drum_Junkie writes:

DTBTG is one of my favorite MH songs. Davidian and Imperium are my top two for the fun in playing them.

# Jan 18, 2018 @ 1:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

goddamn, fvckin clowns released another fvcking garbage video, it is fvckin hideous man, makes this poofy bullsh!t actually sound halfway decent, which it certainly is not

hahaha, fviking goons :)

# Jan 19, 2018 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. CorpusUpir writes:

Wow just a warning don't watch the new video "Kaleidoscope" it is better but well calling it good would be lying

# Jan 20, 2018 @ 2:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. GinRummy writes:

Aww, look at all the butthurt comments from the alt-right.

This is an excellent song. I love the anger, the resistance to tyranny, the humanism.
And those opening intro arpeggios kick ass.

# Jan 22, 2018 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

@GinRummy: Are we reading the same comments? Because the majority of comments on this thread are honest opinions of metal fans. If you think metal fans are all alt-right, then congratulations! You're a douschebag.

# Jan 22, 2018 @ 1:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. hellrat writes:

alt-right?? butt hurt? haha, are you retarded Ginny? or just libtarded? in any case, looks like you found your poster boy, cute :)

"the anger, the humanism" LMAO

# Jan 22, 2018 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Drum_Junkie writes:

Wow. That's the 1st time I've ever been called 'alt-right'.
Excuse me while I go get a tube of preparation H and some witch hazel wipes.

That was some ace insult. Too bad Aces are considered low cards in Gin Rummy.

# Jan 23, 2018 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. CorpusUpir writes:

@GinRummy I judge the new songs against their catalog. I have loved some of MH's tunes , but take all the lyrics aside and the music is (¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

# Jan 24, 2018 @ 3:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Blindgreed1 writes:

Clearly... If you don't like this song you are alt-right and butthurt. I would venture to say that the entire metal community is alt-right now based on the rules laid out by Gin. So let it be written... So let it be done.

# Jan 25, 2018 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. hellrat writes:

haha, have you seen some of the butthurt alt--righters on other sites? they be some real extremists, make this place look tame....just hammering the fvck outta bandwagon bobby and his fvcking garbage record, it's fvckin classic :)

# Jan 25, 2018 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Drum_Junkie writes:

"Meh"chine Head

that is all

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