08:09 - BlueMobius Just got my tickets for the Decibel Magazine tour! :D
07:14 - ScreamingSteelUS My top choice was Persefone's "Spiritual Migration." Next was In Vain's new album, and after that I couldn't decide between Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. Omnium Gatherum's I liked.
06:31 - AngelofDeth also think it was the fact that not much else came out that was good. Beyond is Omnium's best yet so I gave my vote to them but damn it still not that great an album
05:52 - deadone My problem goes down to individual albums where songs blur into one tedious dirge
05:51 - Unhealer Wonder what would have happened if the staff hadn't nominated them. Would they still win as write-ins?
05:38 - ScreamingSteelUS I wouldn't go that far, but I agree they can be repetitive. For me, it's one of those cases of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." "Twilight of the Thunder God" may be my favorite, though.
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.