It looks like Machine Head have been working on new material. The band shared the below photo from the studio:
On January 15, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern played a virtual “Electric Happy Hour” set. The performance included various Machine Head tracks as well as covers of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets,” System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” and a snippet of Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69.” You can watch the full show below:
Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has shared a new poem tilted “Vomitous Creatures And Cretins.” The piece was written following the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the United States Capitol, which occurred earlier this week.
Here’s the full poem:
“Charlatans with no morals, have brought us these sorrows, and we have no one to blame⠀
But ourselves we’ve allowed, what can only be now, called a moment of national shame⠀
With confederate piousness, standing tall on the Dias, armed gunman plunder our Congress⠀
When American flags, are replaced with Donald Trump flags, only now do they⠀
see how we’ve regressed⠀
Fiery speeches, puked by lecherous leeches, the vomitous creatures and cretins⠀
Conspiracies shouted, her truth has been routed, as liberty lays raped and beaten⠀
And we would be fool, not to call this a coup, months in the making this game⠀
Too little too late, did the tech giants wait, as the country went up into flame⠀
The police remained calm, as white men looted on, the Qanon’s who feigned so much disgust⠀
At when Kaepernick kneeled, because black boys were killed, in silent protest to the unjust
They attacked freedom‘s property, then claimed that it ought to be, OK to kill black kids for the same⠀
God forbid it was Target, that might make them a target, police trigger-fingers itching to tame⠀
Black folks died for fake $20’s, for toy guns they lost plenty, 2020 our national reckoning⠀
Now in 2021, the Maga’s have come, to the tune of Trump’s pied piper beckoning⠀
And with nary a scratch, a few cans of teargas, to the terrorist attempting a coup⠀
They looted with amnesty, to democracy’s travesty, oh to be white, in the red, WHITE, and blue”
Despite receiving some praise for the poem, it appears others have sadly decided to threaten Flynn over his frequent political posts. He said the following about that:
“Good times in my DM‘s today. Just a little taste. Listen to me… I have literally dealt with this for 30 years. Before it was in mail and hand written letters, then it was emails and message boards, now it’s DM’s and the comment section.
Just so we’re all crystal clear… I am not going anywhere.
I will not shut up.
If you don’t like the things that I have to say on my personal Instagram account, Unfollow. I’m not here to please you, or give you some watered down version of what you think somebody in metal band should be.
Don’t agree with my politics? Go ahead and Unfollow. Zero Fucks given. No one is forcing you to be here. You are free to speak your opinions here, as long as you are respectful and not spamming, and I keep a pretty long leash on what is “respectful”
“Shut up and stick to music”? I’ll do just that… By singing songs like a “nation on fire”, “Davidian”, “clenching the Fists of Dissent”, “ in comes the flood“ and “halo”.
And for those of you who did write this to me, consider this a warning. I purposefully left your names off of this post. This is the last time I will do that. Let there be no mistake, I will not hesitate to Dox you the fuck out.
I’ve been a public figure for most of my adult life, I’m used to people threatening me, I had over 1000 death threats after the “racism in metal“ video. I still get death threats at least twice a week. I accept it for what it is.
But the second people start threatening my wife and my kids, you’ve crossed the line, a line I will not ever accept.
Don’t believe me? FUCKING BRING IT!!”
Machine Head have premiered a new video for their new song “My Hands Are Empty.” This track features Entheos drummer Navene Koperweis and it serves as the first musical collaboration between frontman Robb Flynn and “Burn My Eyes”-era guitarist Logan Mader in 24 years.
“I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction. It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty. It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well. I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.
Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires‘ vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.
On the recent ‘Burn My Eyes‘ 25th Anniversary Tour I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored. It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later. Jared came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”
“During pre-pro for the BME anniversary tour last year, I had a special opportunity to collaborate with Machine Head for the first time in over 20 years.
This is a big milestone for me, to circle back on a massive orbit around life and end up doing new music with MH is epic and unexpected. The song, ‘My Hands Are Empty‘ was almost completed but needed a riff or two. Robb sent it to me, so I jumped in and added a section which ended up in the master after some arrangement tweaks by Robb. The song is amazing. It was a great feeling to be in the studio with Robb after all these years and I hope to do it again!”
Machine Head have shared a behind the scenes look at their upcoming video for their new single “My Hands Are Empty.” That video will officiallybe released on Friday (November 13). The band commented:
“Shooting a music video in Northern California during the one of the strictest lockdown times of Covid-19-era proves to be quite a challenge. After getting shut down by health officials 24 hours before shooting, director Mike Sloat scrambles to arrange an alternate outdoor locations, and in the end, Robb and him rewrite to video treatment on the spot, to great results.”
Tim Keller, the metalhead mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, rocked a Machine Head hoodie while casting his ballot in the U.S. presidential election. The band’s frontman Robb Flynn reacted to the news on Twitter:
Machine Head have been forced to delay their new song “My Hands Are Empty” due to the coronavirus pandemic. The track will now be released on November 13 with a new teaser available below:
Machine Head have posted a teaser for their new song “My Hands Are Empty.” The full track will be released on November 6.
Machine Head have premiered a new video for a new acoustic version of “Circle The Drain.” You can check that out below:
Robb Flynn said the following about the new acoustic version of the track:
“When the pandemic hit in March, and all Machine Head tours got canceled, I started doing free Acoustic Happy Hour shows on Machine Head’s Facebook page to get out the pent-up energy, entertain some friends, have some laughs, and have a few drinks every Friday. As we had just released our new song ‘Circle The Drain’, fans started asking for me to play it, so I started messing around with it and came up with a re-imagined version of it. It got a phenomenal response… People genuinely loved it, and were continually asking me to release it, and so I recorded it a few weeks back in my home studio, and here it is.”
The frontman also previously said the following about the song when it was originally released:
“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl. She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy. We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me ‘they were just circling the drain’… the phrase struck me. A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on.
It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorce. It was break-up season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure, and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad.
Watching this guy pull through it, helped me pull through my own upheaval. The lyrics to ‘Circle The Drain’ came out of that frustrating time. It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on. I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that. It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship, but if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place.
The irony that he and I had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me, it really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”
Machine Head have posted a new cryptic teaser. It is unclear what the band are teasing, but more information should surface soon.