Bay Area metallers Machine Head continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is due out this fall. With a strong and diverse line-up that features support from Finnish powerhouse Children Of Bodom and Dutch symphonic metallers Epica with American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, the tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. Are you planning to check out this tour?
You might remember that at the beginning of this year, the former long-time Machine Head bassist Adam Duce filed a lawsuit against the band and their manager, among others. He was seeking damages for trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation, and claimed he was kicked out of the band. It seems that this dispute has been settled, according to a post on the band's Facebook page. However, the group didn't reveal the terms of the deal. The Americans continue to work on their brand new album, set for release in November this year.
After sharing the first taste of new material, Machine Head's main man Robb Flynn has released a lengthy update on the band's the new album. Currently in recording mode, Robb Flynn discusses specific new songs and lyrics for the new album and says it will not be like The Blackening. You can read all about it here below.
On April 19th, Record Store Day, Machine Head released the limited edition 10" Killers And Kings featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings". If you didn't grab a copy of that, you can hear the demo version of "Killers & Kings" right now since the band finally shared an official stream of the song. Enjoy!
The Americans Machine Head started to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America and Europe as well. The Killers & Kings Tour will serve as an album primer for more dates in November/December, but more importantly it will hit numerous cities that Machine Head hasn't headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never headlined, or even played, at all. Machine Head are currently in the studio recording their eighth album for a summer 2014 release.
Groove thrashers Machine Head have revealed the artwork for a new single featuring the demo for new track "Killers And Kings". The single will be released on Record Store Day (April 19th) on a 10" vinyl with the B-side containing an Ignite cover "Our Darkest Days / Bleeding." For now, there is no news on their upcoming new album release date.
Things could get messy for Machine Head. As it turns out, Adam Duce's exit from the band wasn't that amicable after all. According to Courthouse News, the former bassist has filed a lawsuit against the band and their manager in Federal Court. He seeks damages for trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation, among other things. Ouch!
This week, Machine Head's frontman Robert "Robb" Flynn has been sharing his stories about the band's album Through The Ashes Of Empires (2003), which is making its 10th anniversary. Besides his ramblings, he has also shared previously unreleased demos of tracks from the album. The three demos, never released publicly until now, are all available below. But there is more. Flynn has also shared a previously unreleased track that never made it to the album Through The Ashes Of Empires. It is called "Pins And Needles" and you get to hear it now.
The mighty Machine Head have found a new label home: the newly launched arm of Nuclear Blast Records, Nuclear Blast Entertainment, headed by the band's longtime friend and former Roadrunner A&R guru Monte Conner. The band had been in talks with various labels and has now announced the decision. What is more interesting to the fans is that the Americans, now with new bassist Jared MacEachern, will enter the studio in late October to begin recording their eighth studio album for an early 2014 release, followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle.
After an extensive search for candidates to replace Adam Duce who left the band, Machine Head have now announced that Jared MacEachern was selected as their new bass player. Jared has already begun rehearsals for the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem US summer festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for Machine Head's upcoming 8th studio album. You can watch one of his audition videos below and his Metallica t-shirt.
Machine Head have announced three headline shows as part of The Road To Mayhem Tour and these will be the only headline shows the band plays in all of 2013. The dates listed are specifically catered to not conflict with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival summer tour where Machine Head is headlining the Jägermeister USA stage.
Machine Head has announced on their official website that longtime bassist Adam Duce has left the band. No specific details have been revealed yet, but the band has made it clear that Duce parted on good terms. On their website, the band states that they "would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors." Duce, who had served as Machine Head's bassist since its inception in 1992, contributed to all seven of their studio albums to date. His departure leaves frontman Robb Flynn as the only remaining original member.
Machine Head is in the news yet again! Of late, the band just can't seem to catch a break. Machine Head has this time been forced to put on hold their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder in order for their frontman, Rob Flynn, to undergo surgery.
For the third time in a row, the corporate powers behind Walt Disney Properties have once again pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance at a House of Blues venue on Disney property, this time the December 4th show in Orlando, FL.
"Darkness Within", a brand new video from US groove thrashers Machine Head has premiered and is now available for viewing below. The song is taken from the band's seventh album Unto The Locust, released last year through Roadrunner Records. The clip was directed by Robb Flynn, Milan Basel and Jorge Nunez.