Machine Head Recruit Havok’s Reece Alan Scruggs For U.S. Tour

Machine Head have recruited Havok‘s Reece Alan Scruggs to play guitar on their current U.S. tour. He is filling in for Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, who is siting out the trek due to his commitments to Decapitated. Fan-filmed footage of the band performing a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood” with Scruggs in Fresno, CA can be found below:

Robb Flynn Says Machine Head Tried To Record Their New Album With Logan Mader And Chris Kontos

During a recent interview with Rock Hard Greece, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn revealed that the band almost recorded their new album with guitarist Logan Mader and drummer Chris Kontos. However, things didn’t end up working out due to the pandemic.

Flynn said the following:

“I did. And we tried to do that. Logan actually has a co-write on [the song] ‘My Hands Are Empty’ [which appears on ‘Of Kingdom And Crown’]. And we tried. I sent everybody the demos [for the new album]. The stuff that I had till that point, I said, ‘Hey, add some riffs to this’ or ‘Add some drum ideas.’

I think the timing of it was just crazy. Once the pandemic hit, everybody was just trying to hustle and make money and live and stay afloat. Even Logan and I had a conversation at one point. He was, like, ‘Dude, I’d love to do this, but I need to fucking find a way to pay my rent. I’ve gotta figure out some other shit to make money here.’ ‘Cause he lost a lot of… When the pandemic hit, many people lost their jobs.

So it just, unfortunately, didn’t pan out. Not to say that it won’t in the future, but for this time it didn’t. And so Jared and I just kept on plugging along.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Machine Head Announce U.S. Tour

Machine Head have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of their latest album “ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN.”

Tour Dates:

11/03 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
11/06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
11/08 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
11/10 Boise, ID – Revolution
11/12 Casper, WY – The Gaslight Social
11/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
11/15 Minot, ND – The Original
11/16 Fargo, ND – The Hall at Fargo Brewing
11/18 Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar
11/19 Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
11/20 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
11/21 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
11/22 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
11/23 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Center
11/25 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/26 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/27 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
11/28 Cincinnati, OH – Legends
11/30 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/01 Portland, ME – Portland House Of Music
12/02 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
12/03 Reading, PA – Reverb
12/04 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12/06 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
12/07 Huntington, WV – The Loud
12/08 Charlotte, NC – Underground
12/09 Nashville, TN – Eastside Bowl
12/10 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
12/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
12/13 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
12/15 Little Rock, AR – The Hall
12/16 Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights
12/17 Wichita, KS – Wave
12/18 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live Inside Stage
12/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/21 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
12/22 San Diego, CA – HOB
12/23 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

Robb Flynn commented:

“Were fucking STOKED to get out and demolish venues in some of our favorite small towns in America. We have had an awesome and productive pandemic break writing our new album ‘ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN,’ but now it’s time for Machine Head to go melt some faces!!

The reaction to our ‘Electric Happy Hour (Live)’ shows in Scotland so far are nothing short of incredible, so for this first leg of this U.S. run we will continue and will see us performing solo for 2 ½ to 3 hours a night. We LOVED performing our online shows which we dubbed Electric Happy Hour for you Head Cases over the pandemic, the loose, beer-drenched and unscripted setlist, the deep-cuts, the random cover songs, it gave us the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating.

It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but Machine Head CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world, so come down and rage!!”

Machine Head Premiere “NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS” Music Video

Machine Head have premiered a new video for their new song “NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS.” This track is from the band’s newly released album “ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN.” Robb Flynn commented:

“We’re really proud of the video for ‘NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS.‘ It was an incredible collaboration between three different creative teams working across two different continents. Our director/editor Mike Sloat (Machine Head, Testament) teamed up with the amazing Grupa 13 (Behemoth, Amon Amarth) and then the stunning 3-D CGI came from Phil Radford AKA MayaGuy of Strangebox. The track was masterfully mixed by long-time Machine Head collaborator Colin Richardson and his engineer Chris Clancy. This is a really special song from the album.”

Machine Head Share Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Surprise Bloodstock Open Air Performance

Machine Head have shared a behind-the-scenes look at their surprise performance during this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival in Walton-on-Trent, UK. You can check that out below. Notably, guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka was unable to make the set due to his commitments to Decapitated.

Machine Head Celebrate 28th Anniversary Of “Burn My Eyes” With Full Album Playthrough

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern recently celebrated the 28th anniversary of “Burn My Eyes” by performing it in full during a livestream with drummer Chris Kontos. The set, which also included various covers, can be found below:

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Reunites With Ahrue Luster For “The Burning Red” Album Playthrough

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and the band’s former guitarist Ahrue Luster recently reunited for a playthrough of their 1999 album “The Burning Red.” The set also included select songs from their 2001 album “Supercharger” and some covers. Notably, bassist Jared MacEachern was unable to attend the playthrough due to a positive COVID-19 test. Despite this, he still recorded his parts from home.

Machine Head Premiere “Unhalløwed” Video

Machine Head have premiered a new video for their new song “Unhalløwed.” The clip was filmed during a recent “Electric Happy Hour” set and it can be seen below. The track will appear on the band’s new album “Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn,” which is set to be released on August 26.

Frontman Robb Flynn commented:

“‘UNHALLØWED’: Chapter Six – ‘ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN’

Drowning in the deepest depression of his life, Eros is at a breaking point. Collecting heartaches, loss, and near psychotic isolation, ‘Unhalløwed’ is the beginning of a powerful shift of our story. An introspective narrative starts the song lyrically, which is a collaborative effort written by myself, Guitarist Wacław ‘Vogg’ Kiełtyka, and Bassist/Backing Vocalist Jared MacEachern and encapsulates the collective strength of this writing team.

Anchored by an absolutely monstrous groove, the vocals melodically mirror the state of mind of Eros as he reels from the loss of his mother to a drug overdose and begins a slow downward spiral into madness. However, the culmination of the track infuses some much-needed light, but will it be enough?”

Machine Head To Release New Album “Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn” In August, Premiere “Chøke Øn The Ashes Øf Yøur Hate” Music Video

Machine Head have announced that their new album, “Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn,” will be released on August 26. The concept record, which focuses on “a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red,” can be pre-ordered HERE. An official video for the album track “Chøke Øn The Ashes Øf Yøur Hate” is also available below:

“Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn” Track Listing:

01. “Slaughter The Martyr”
02. “Chøke Øn The Ashes Øf Yøur Hate”
03. “Becøme The Firestørm”
04. “Øverdøse”
05. “My Hands Are Empty”
06. “Unhalløwed”
07. “Assimilate”
08. “Kill Thy Enemies”
09. “Nø Gøds, Nø Masters”
10. “Bløødshøt”
11. “Røtten”
12. “Terminus”
13. “Arrøws In Wørds Frøm The Sky”

The following was said about the two characters featured on the effort:

”Ares‘: (pronounced Aries): our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsibly for her murder.

‘Eros‘ (pronounced Arrows): the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree.’

Frontman Robb Flynn added:

“Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called ‘Attack On Titan‘. The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the senses that in the storyline, there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ guy, both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track ‘Slaughter The Martyr‘ is basically our character #1’s origin story.”