MACHINE HEAD Holds ‘Really Productive First Jam Session’ For Next Album
February 4, 2013
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD held their first jam session a few days ago in hopes of sparking material for their next album. Writing in the latest installment of his “The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman… And Other Ramblings”, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynnstated: “Dave [McClain, drums], Phil [Demmel, guitar] and I practiced the other day and it was a really productive first jam session. McClain had about five rockin’ riffs, Demmel brought in the skeleton of what feels like a great song and I had a few riffs that we rocked on, no full songs, but solid riffs. It felt good, good to be moving on from [2011’s ‘Unto The Locust’]. Super proud of that record, but it’s time to move on, and we’re ready to move on. Bring on the future with an open embrace.”
Flynn last month played five acoustic solo shows around his appearance at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Regarding the performances, he said: “The shows were awesome — really, really, REALLY awesome! I needed this so bad.
“To everyone who came out to these shows and made them such a special and intense event, thank you. They got heavy, really heavy and I had no idea how heavy these would get. Therapeutic. I didn’t know what to expect or what they would be like. I made no setlist except the opening and closing song. Chose songs we probably won’t play live again or at least haven’t played live in a reeeeeeeally long time, and cover songs we would never cover.
“To my surprise, I ended up telling a lot of stories before each song. Every time I thought I’d been going on too long with a story (‘Am I talking too much?’) people would ask for more. In Fullerton, I got a ‘sto-ry, sto-ry, sto-ry’ chant. It was hilarious.
“It was surprising how fun these shows were. Hell, I’m playing a bunch of acoustic songs, not party metal! But it was a party here and there, and more than anything for our small group of 100 to 200 each night, it was a release. A massive communal release. I was choked up more than a few times, sing-a-longs were life-affirming and in San Diego I got an encore!! San Diego was amazing.”
“Machine Fucking Head Live”, the new live album from MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It’s the band’s second live effort; “Hellalive” came out in 2003.
MACHINE HEAD‘s most recent studio album, “Unto The Locust”, sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s 17-year history.
“Machine Fucking Head Live” was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band’s expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like “Imperium”,“Aesthetics of Hate”, “Locust”, “Ten Ton Hammer”, “This is the End”and “Halo”.
“Machine Fucking Head Live” was mixed and mastered at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga and Robb Flynn.
MACHINE HEAD is currently seeking a new label home following the expiration of the band’s contract with longtime record companyRoadrunner Records.
AEROSMITH’s latest concert film, “Rock For The Rising Sun”, was released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on July 23. The group’s connection with Japan began in 1977, when the band first played to capacity crowds in the Far East. And as evidenced by “Rock For The Rising Sun”, the band-fan bond remains strong to this day. The director behind the release, Casey Patrick Tebo, is well-versed in not only his’SMITH (he directed their music video for “Legendary Child”), but has also worked with such renowned acts as MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST,STEVIE NICKS, LADY ANTEBELLUM, THE AVETT BROTHERS, and RUN-DMC, among countless others.
Tebo first began working with AEROSMITH in 2006, when Steven Tylerand Tebo met through a colleague, and the singer invited the up-and-coming director (who was in film school at the time) to shoot a few of the band’s shows — for just the band’s personal viewing. Soon after, the band was so impressed with Tebo’s work that they hired him to start directing their live shows.
Fast forward to 2011, and AEROSMITH was hard at work on their 15th studio album, “Music From Another Dimension!”, but took a break from recording to play shows in Latin America and Japan. Sadly, the Japanese dates occurred not long after tragedy struck the region, as the country experienced a massive earthquake, a monstrous tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Despite warnings about possibly being exposed to radiation, AEROSMITHand crew, including Tebo, braved the risks and followed through with their visit to Japan. “I shot all this stuff and interviewed all these
“Obsideo”, the seventh album from resurrected Dutch extreme metallers PESTILENCE, will be released on November 12 via Candlelight Records. The CD was produced by PESTILENCEvocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli and features ten new songs. According to Mameli, the album’s overall lyrical theme will be “the journey of the human soul.”
“Obsideo”, which means to besiege, features band mastermind Mameli and longtime partner, guitarist Patrick Uterwijk, with new German bassist George Maier and Dave Haley. Mamelinotes: “PESTILENCE is chuffed to have Dave Haley in the lineup. Dave is one of the five best extreme drummers in the world, and his talent brings PESTILENCE to new levels that couldn’t be reached otherwise. Georg Maier is a young and talented bass player that will turn some heads. Both guys are really down to earth and real easy going. Of course, Patrick Uterwijk is my most respectable and long-going friend and musician.”
The official lyric video for the song “Necro Morph” is available below.
PESTILENCE 2013 is:
Patrick Mameli – Lead guitar/Vocals
Patrick Uterwijk – Lead guitar
George Maier – Bass
David Haley – Drums
PESTILENCE’s last album, “Doctrine”, was released in North America in July 2011 via Mascot Records. The eleven-track CD was recorded and mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura; TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS). The artwork was designed by Marko Saarelainen.