We were a bit concerned for Robb Flynn when it was announced a few days ago that the band was dropping off their current tour with Dethklok for a few weeks so that Flynn could have emergency surgery for a double inguinal hernia.
The surgery was a success, thankfully, and Flynn had his mobile camera rolling to whole time to document the scary situation. Take a look: (more…)
Before you read the recap, browse the massive photo gallery from Bloodstock
This being my third Bloodstock in a row, it felt much more like a yearly traditional visit with an old friend than it did “work”. Boasting what was described by many as being their “best line-up yet” and also the best weather I’d ever seen in this little corner of Derby, BOA 2012 was a beautiful experience, without a doubt.
Regardless of the fact that Bloodstock is steadily growing in attendance and might, it is one of the few festivals that still feels “intimate” – like you’re among family. (Not the dysfunctional, embarrassing, “bat shit insane family” that you consistently try to avoid every holiday season, but the GOOD kind of “family”.) The ones you have obscene amounts of fun with, and can’t wait to see every summer. (more…)
Some bummer news for people planning to attend the upcoming Dethklok, Machine Head, All That Remains, Black Dahlia Murder shows.
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has to undergo emergency surgery. (more…)
I've always found the practice of naming such a strange and fascinating concept. Today more than ever we put such a huge importance on finding the right name for things be it a nick name, stage name, band name, or even a profile user name. I'm sure at some point in your life you've even thought about changing your own birth name to something cooler.
I started wondering about all the names in metal history we've come to know and love, who they started out as, and more importantly how their new names came to be. After several nights of research I was legitimately shocked to learn how many names in metal aren't birth names at all, this list barely even scratches the surface. But for the sake of keeping things interesting, I included only the names that had a back story I can write about.
In this piece, we will reveal the real identies of, and navigate the origins of Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Avengened Sevenfold, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Nergal of Behemoth, Cronos of Venom and many more. (more…)
In today's A/V Roundup, we have a tease of new music from Scale The Summit, a cool new video from Periphery, a free download of a live track from Machine Head, and new music from Bring Me The Horizon, Cryptopsy, Earthless and Aeon. (more…)
Machine Head are out on the road right now with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder (dates here). One show that will have to go on without them is the Orlando House of Blues show at Walt Disney World, as they have been banned from the venue.
The band is allegedly on a "black list" of bands not allowed to play Disney venus. This isn't the first time that the notoriously conservative organization has banned a metal band. According to Machine Head, the venue cited "violent imagery", "inflammatory lyrics" and "undesirable fans" as the reason for the ban. Machine Head haven't been able to pay these venues since 2007. Sort of ridiculous.
Here is the full official statement from the band about the cancellation: (more…)
Recently, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn announced that the band has completed their contract with Roadrunner Records and may possibly be signing elsewhere. Turns out, the band had one more release with the label before the contact was up, and that is a new live album. The band will be releasing Machine Fucking Head Live on November 13th, just in time for their tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder.
The live CD was mixed and mastered at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga and Robb Flynn and will feature MH classics like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo". Here is the full tracklisting: (more…)
DETHKLOK Officially Announce Headlining Tour with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
The rumors are true! Dethklok is hitting the road in November and they're taking out some friends. As we speculated last week, the band will be heading out with Machine Head, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour kicks off on October 30th in Norfolk, VA and wraps up a few weeks later in Atlanta.
This tour comes in the wake of the cancellation of the Lamb of God/Dethklok tour, but if there is one positive out of that, it's that we now have two awesome tours spurned from that. Lamb of God announced their rescheduled tour last week. If you've never seen Dethklok live, it's an experience. Go out to one of these shows and see them! Here are the dates: (more…)
Everybody was bummed when the Lamb of God and Dethklok tour was cancelled, and double-bummed when Lamb Of God announced their rescheduled tour without the 'klok. But fear not, Metalocalypse fans. Dethklok is planning a headliner of their own. ThePRP is reporting that the band will soon announce a full US routing with Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support on select dates, and with The Black Dahlia Murder opening the whole thing up. THIS is a tour package!
If I was the Black Dahlia Murder, I'd be stoked for basically, the biggest opportunity to convert new fans of metal into their awesome style. Huge tour! As soon as we get more info, we'll let you know about it.
LAMB OF GOD Holding Auction For Randy Blythe Defense Fund With Help From GWAR, MACHINE HEAD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
Being taken to court is not cheap. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe might be riding high now that he's been released on bail from a Czech prison after being detained for 5 weeks on manslaughter charges, but a trial still looms, and bills are racking up. The band already opened a Randy Defense Fund previously for people to donate through PayPal, but now they are giving fans a bit more incentive, setting up some really cool auctions.
The band has posted some sweet Lamb of God guitars, drum heads, cymbals and even got some help from their friends. Machine Head and Five Finger Death Punch have contributed guitars, GWAR contributed a Dave Brockie original (gross) painting, Megadeth's Dave Ellefson contributed a bass and any of these items can be yours, and that money will go towards Randy's defense fund. So if you have a couple of hundos just burning a hole through your wallet, head over here to start bidding.
In the searing heat of English summer approximately 15,000 people flooded a tiny patch of field to wreak chaos, drink too much beer and be part of the UK’s biggest independent music festival. The usual mix of mankini wearing drunkards, corpse painted serious people and average joe metal fans partied from Thursday to Sunday in a celebration of the best music has to offer from the most obscure of bands to the most iconic names in music. (more…)
Bloodstock Open Air: Relive FULL Performances From MACHINE HEAD, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, BEHEMOTH, CROWBAR, NILE and more
Bloodstock Open Air happened this past weekend in the UK and it was a doozy. The organizers did an awesome thing and set up a live stream for all to watch as the show was happening live. If you weren't by your computer this weekend and missed out, don't you worry! There were plenty of screen capture masters recording every performance and re-uploading them for our viewing pleasure. After the jump, full performances from Nile, Hatebreed, Testament, Iced Earth, Machine Head, Evile, Paradise Lost, Chtonic, Behemoth and Crowbar. (more…)
There is no doubt that band tattoos are the ultimate sign of appreciation and loyalty for your favorite artists, it's like a band T-shirt you can't get off. I also have no doubt that metal heads are some of the most passionate group of music enthusiasts out there, so it came as no surprise that I could find thousands of band tats out there ranging from a tiny mark to a full sleeve. The only problem with this awesome combination is tattoo artists in the world are much like the bands themselves, some are good, some are simply amazing, and others… well here is a list of some of the others guys. (more…)
If I make a list of quintessential Roadrunner Records bands, without question, Machine Head would be on that list. The band have been with the label their entire career, and helped build the label into the juggernaut it became. Then, Roadrunner sold to Warner Music Group and earlier this year there were quite a few casualties, with many offices closing. The biggest shocker was the release of one of their bigger A&R reps, Monte Connor, who practically built the metal portion of the label.
So it isn't surprising that Machine Head seemingly will not be releasing another album with the label. Frontman Robb Flynn recently gave an interview where he said Unto The Locust was their last commitment to the label and they are now "between labels." This isn't the first major metal act to depart this year, as Devildriver similarly left the label. (more…)
Machine Head played a secret show at Kings College in London last night, under their cover band moniker Ten Ton Hammer. They played some sweet covers as they usually do, and surprise!, somebody taped it and uploaded it to Youtube. While the band played covers of classic Metallica, Pantera, and Iron Maiden tracks, only their Foo Fighters and System of a Down covers have surfaced online. Here is their full set of covers: (more…)