August 6th, 2014
Fan-filmed video footage of MACHINE HEAD‘s August 6 performance at Hedon in Zwolle, The Netherlands can be seen below.
MACHINE HEAD will embark on a 21-show North American tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS.
The tour launches on October 4 in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1.
Due in November via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, MACHINE HEAD‘s new album was recorded at GREEN DAY‘s JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California. The artwork for the CD is being created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, DIMMU BORGIR, THE FACELESS, NOCTEM, KEEP OF KALESSIN and BORKNAGAR.
Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include “Killers & Kings”, “Beneath The Silt”, “Eyes Of The Dead” (formerly “Ojos De La Muerte”), “Sail Into The Black”, “Now We Die” (formerly “How We Die”) and “Night Of The Long Knives”.
The final mix for the follow-up to 2011’s “Unto The Locust” is being handled by longtime MACHINE HEAD producer Colin Richardson (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY, TRIVIUM).
“There’s definitely a lot of urgency on this record,” MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine. “It’s a really heavy record arid there’s a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there’s more of a rock vibe in there too. It’s stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album.”
He continued: “At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we’d listen back and say, ‘You know what? This doesn’t have the vibe of the demos.’ The demos were so fuckin’ frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it’s a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that’s killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive.”