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.
The second track-by-track breakdown of “Triumph And Power”, the seventh album from Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS, can be seen below.
“Triumph And Power” will be released on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to last year’s “The Hunt” was recorded with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. On Hooves Of Gold
02. Steel Versus Steel
04. Triumph And Power
08. The Naked And The Dead
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon (bonus track)
Commented the band: “‘Triumph And Power’ has been completed. It’s a metal triumph of Viking power!!!
“Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with ‘Hammer Of The North’ back in 2010.
“This is our strongest album yet. It has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence.
“Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts. To top everything off, we have the striking and epic artwork of Anthony Roberts.
“The album cover perfectly captures the work on this album and GRAND MAGUS as a band.”
Due to family obligations and work commitments, drummer Sebastian “Seb” Sippola left GRAND MAGUS last year.
British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a very special show at the Metal Hammer Golden Godsawards that will be held on June 17 at London’s esteemed Indigo2 venue (headlined by the other British legends MOTÖRHEAD).
PARADISE LOST invited their friends Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL) — who will sing “Say Just Words” in a duet with PARADISE LOST frontmanNick Holmes — and Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) who will joinPARADISE LOST to pay tribute to the godfathers of metal, BLACK SABBATH, for an “Into The Void” cover version.
Says Holmes: “[I am] really looking forward to singing with Cristina. I think it will be a lot of fun. She has an amazing voice, and I’m looking forward to being completely overshadowed!”
Adds PARADISE LOST guitarist Greg Mackintosh: “It is the dream job of any guitarist to play for Ozzy, and Gus achieved that. I watched him atGraspop festival and he slayed the crowd. It will be awesome playing my favourite SABBATH song with Gus.”