StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11642185868449.jpg’, ‘Photo by Pia Schacter’, ‘Machine Head are, from left: Adam Duce (bass/backing vocals), Dave McClain (drums), Robert Flynn (guitar/vocals) and Phil Demmel (lead guitar).’);
Metal fans, get readyMachine Head is back at it.
The critically-acclaimed four-piece force has been busy in its hometown of Oakland, Calif., recording its latest CD to be titled The Blackening. The project will be finished shortly, and is scheduled for worldwide release in spring 2007.
Vocalist and guitarist Robert Flynn said the record was created with more effort and concentration than ever before.
This is the most ambitious thing we have ever attempted, Flynn said. We all challenged ourselves and each other to write a good record that pushed the boundaries of complexity and technical structure.
The frontman also explained that when writing for the new collection, his focus shifted back to the bands interest in the social community, which is very evident on previous records.
The nature of what is happening in the world led to a darker and bleaker album in every sense, added Flynn, who is including new tunes that more than touch on politics, the war in Iraq and views about organized religion.
The song Aesthetics of Hate captures the bands anger at a past article that bashed former Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott right after he was shot to death and bad-mouthed the metal community for mourning it. Although previously unrecorded, Machine Head has performed the song live to the joy of many, prompting its inclusion on The Blackening.
Keeping up the tradition of including fans in its recording process, Machine Head will take it one step further. For the first time, the band brought in a group of loyal backers and had them sing backing vocals for the new record.
For the last three years, Machine Head has been a juggernaut, circling the globe and traipsing across the U.S. three times. Those tours included shows at Dubais Desert Rock Festival in the Middle East, a stint in Australia and a successfully selling DVD, Elegies, which was filmed in front of a sold-out Brixton Academy crowd of 5,000 in London. The touring lull was used to write The Blackening.
Machine Head fans, also known as, Head Cases, also have access to the bands world through online diaries and video updates from the road and in the studio, which can be seen at official Machine Head Web site, machinehead1.com.
The band is Robert Flynn (guitar/vocals), Dave McClain (drums), Adam Duce (bass/backing vocals) and Phil Demmel (lead guitar). Other Machine Head albums include Burn My Eyes and Through The Ashes of Empire.
From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue