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, the band also got a brand-new video clip to whet your appetite!
Machine Head announced that the band will no longer play the upcoming Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, UK:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that we must announce that Machine Head will not be playing the Sonisphere date at Knebworth in the U.K. on August 2nd.
In a turn of events that has left us absolutely baffled, the promoter of the U.K. 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.
US metallers Machine Head have posted a music video online for their cover of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name".
The video was directed once again by Mike Sloat and is now available at this location.
The band adds: "Originally appearing on Kerrang's "Maiden Heaven" tribute CD, the song is now being released as a bonus track on "The Blackening" Special Edition, which was released on October 28 via Roadrunner Records!"
Machine Head are proud to announce the release of the special edition version of "The Blackening", their Grammy-nominated masterwork. Hailed unanimously as the best metal album of 2007 by journalists, metal radio stations and fans alike, it earned a Grammy nomination for the fan-favorite track, "Aesthetics of Hate" and all the while Machine Head continue to earn "the hardest working band" title with over 19 months on the road in support of "The Blackening" (with 5 U.S. tours alone) and no signs of stopping soon.
"The Blackening" Special Edition is two disc CD/DVD set that will feature an assortment of extras, including rare bonus tracks such as covers of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name", over an hour of live performance footage from With Full Force, Download and Rock in Rio festivals, three uncensored music videos for "Aesthetics of Hate," "Now I Lay Thee Down" and "Halo," a "making of" featurette on each video, "The Making of The Blackening" and expanded artwork. Plus, what many hardcore fans have been rabidly waiting for, 4 never-before-seen performances of Machine Head celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Burn My Eyes", captured in Philadelphia in 2004. This special edition is a must have for any fan of this Bay Area band that is steadily carving out "legendary status" for itself within the metal scene.
Machine Head returns to the States after an Australian and European tour for a run of dates with HellYeah, beginning January 25th in New York. Immediately following that, the band head back to Dubai to play the Desert Rock festival, then to Israel and India, both for the first-time ever, followed by a string of headlining dates in Japan, to be confirmed soon.
01.23 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (Warm-Up, MH Headline)
01.25 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
01.26 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
01.27 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place
01.29 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
01.30 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
02.01 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
02.02 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Machine Head has made a new music video for the song 'Now I Lay Thee Down'. You can watch it the official site of Machine Head here.
According to Headbangers Blog, the clip was shot in February and additional footage was filmed in August. Mike Sloat directed, working in various locations around San Francisco, but mostly in and around the Regency Center, a theater built in 1909. According to Roadrunner Records, "All of the backdrops of the play are original to the theater, close to 100 years old and include ornate images of hell, forest, and more. As for the plot, the band's label says "the video is a play about a past time in which a strange and grotesque man, who is shunned by society and outcast, decides that he wants to know what it's like to die. He asks his lover, the only person who cares for him, to take his life. Reluctantly, she does. But then she becomes so distraught and miserable about losing her only love that she decides she must take her own life as well to be with him forever. The play ends with the two lovers together again, at last in the afterlife. The curtain drops and the entire cast bows to the audience."
After a thorough audition process, Machine Head have chosen Brandon Sigmund from Bay Area metal heroes Hostility to play bass in place of the injured Adam Duce for the duration of this Fall's highly-anticipated Black Tyranny Tour. Also joining the band onstage to handle Adam's vocal duties will be Jared MacEachern of tourmates Sanctity.
"We're really stoked to have found guys as killer as Brandon and Jared to help us through this situation" says Machine Head drummer Dave McClain, "we can't wait to get out there and give our fans in the States the headlining show they've been waiting for, especially with bands like Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity on the bill".
According to the website of Roadrunner Records the bassist of Machine Head, Adam Duce, get injured while doing some Dirt Biking in Redding, California.
The first diagnose was a bad sprain of his leg, but additional physical examinations and an x-ray revealed that his leg actually was broken. This diagnose required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.
A disappointed Duce commented this accident: "It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we'll have to find a replacement for me. I've never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when Machine Head would be playing and I wouldn't be on stage."
A new video by Thrashers Machine Head has been posted online. The video is of the band playing a new song of theirs at the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The song is called 'Aesthetics Of Hate' and will appear on the band's upcoming album 'The Blackening'. This was the song's live debut, and the whole thing was captured on film and is now available for download.
You can download the low quality version from here.
You can download the high quality version from here.
In other Machine Head news, the band's very first album 'Burn My Eyes' which was released in 1994, is going to be re-released. The re-release was originally going to be released in January next year, but so as to not clash with the release of The Blackening, it now has the date of September 2007. The re-release will contain the original album, plus the band's cover of 'Alan's On Fire', two remixes, two live tracks, as well as some rare demos.
Machine Head guitarist Robert Flynn has posted the following studio update on the band's official website:
"WOO - HOO!! We have guitar tone!!! And I'm not talking your average chugga-chugga metal tone, I'm talking face-peeling, ear-shredding savagery... fuck yeah!!! Hetfield eat your heart out! Woo-hoo! Can't wait to get tracking on some tunes tomorrow.
This last week we did some Duce and Demmel scratch tracks for reference when Adam and I sing... I threw on some vocals, some of which may or may not be keepers... had Adam come in for vocals and harmonies and MAN, he is sounding KILLER, we may have some keepers even though they were just for practice. We took a couple days off for the holiday too, drank a bunch'a beers, it was nice, cleared the head".
Thrashers Machine Head have posted the following message on their official site:
"Do you live in the Bay Area? Have a lot of free time on your hands? Feel comfortable using a video camera? Wanna film the studio sessions for Machine Head's new album, 'The Blackening'? If you or someone you know meets those requirements, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for more information.
Serious inquiries only, please. You've gotta be close, available immediately, and able to commit a very significant amount of the next month to the task."
Thrashers Machine Head have completed the drumming parts of their new album. The band has been working on the upcoming album (which has been entitled 'The Blackening') for the last couple of months, but now the drumming is done. Machine Head guitarist Robert Flynn has said that the drums were recorded in quite a short amount of time. He has also said that they've tried to have as little triggered drumming as possible. As well as that, he's said that the vocals and guitar work will be done soon.
Here is a comment by Flynn: "And Dave McClain... is... done!!! He put down 6 out of 8 songs Friday, including two of the 10-minute ... and then the last two Saturday. Had a couple days of studio-technical difficulties after getting drum tones, but then the rocking commenced!".
Next week (August 21st) Thrashers Machine Head will be entering Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California to record a new album. The album will be entitled 'The Blackening' and will be produced by Machine Head frontman/vocallist/guitarist Robert Flynn. Mark Keaton will be handling the engineering. Also Colin Richardson will be helping to produce with Flynn. Artist Paul Brown will be doing the artwork for the album cover.
Here are some track titles so far: 'Clenching The Fists Of Dissent', 'Aesthetics Of Hate', 'Halo', 'The Beautiful Mourning', 'Now I Lay Thee Down', 'Slanderous Love', 'Wolves' and 'A Farewell To Arms'.
Thrash/Alternative Metallers Machine Head have posted a sneak preview of their new album on their official website. The band is just about to hit the Sounds Of The Underground tour, but before they depart they've posted a video of them in studio and some of the new sounds they're creating.
Here are the links for the video:
For dial up users - http://www.machinehead1.com/media/video/Album_Preview_Lo.asf
For broadband users - http://www.machinehead1.com/media/video/Album_Preview_Hi.asf
Machine Head will start the recording process for their new album around August. The album should be released early next year.