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 email@example.com 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.
American thrash metallers Machine Head are in the process of recording their next album. Below is an except from drummer Dave McClain's diary entry on their website:
What's up Everybody? Update time!!!!
We're finally on the home stretch!! A few more songs to go until the writing process is completed. Let me say a few things about the progress and way the songs are coming along.
First off, the freedom and drive we have on this album is far exceeding what we were doing on "Through The Ashes." Being able to take our time without a deadline breathing down our necks has been priceless, when we started writing in August (I think) of last year we had made February our time to get into the studio and start recording, but as we went along, the thought of going into the studio then, just to get the album out in a certain time frame became less appealing.
MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed for the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals, set to take place June 4-6, 2004 in Nürnberg and Nürburgring, Germany (respectively). The band are also slated to appear at the U.K.'s Download festival, which is tentatively scheduled for June 6-7 in Glasgow and Donington.
MACHINE HEAD are currently seeking a North American record deal following their split with the U.S. branch of Roadrunner Records. The band, who recently completed a European headlining tour, are expected to return to the road in early 2004. The group's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", has been available in Europe since October.