Watch Machine Head’s “Burn My Eyes” 25th Anniversary Lineup Perform “Davidian” Live In Studio

Machine Head’s “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary lineup, Robb Flynn, Logan Mader, Chris Kontos, and Jared MacEachern, recently re-recorded the album at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA and have now shared a live in-studio performance of “Davidian.” You can check that out below. As previously reported, the group will be kicking off the first leg of their 25th anniversary tour in October.

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Machine Head Re-Record “Burn My Eyes” With 25th Anniversary Lineup

As previously reported, Machine Head will be reuniting with Logan Mader and Chris Kontos for a special “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour. Now, during a recent interview with Kerrang!, frontman Robb Flynn revealed that the band have actually re-recorded the effort as well.

Flynn said the following:

“This ‘Burn My Eyes” tour is happening, but it’s still six months away. As Kerrang! have speculated, we are recording new music. We are getting to release new music. In fact, the line-up that’ll be going out on tour have actually gone and re-recorded ‘Burn My Eyes‘ live in the studio. We plan on dripping that out song-by-song. It’ll probably be digital-only – just something cool to help celebrate.

We filmed ourselves doing it so there’ll probably be some play-through videos, too. It’s so cool seeing us playing those songs again for the first time, like, ‘How does that riff go?’ or, ‘What was that lyric again?’ There are mistakes, but we just left them in. It was just part of this really special, fun, positive moment.”

Machine Head Share Roundtable Discussion On “Burn My Eyes”

As previously reported, Machine Head will be reuniting with Logan Mader and Chris Kontos for a special “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour. Now, the group have also shared a roundtable discussion on the album, which you can check out below. Here’s a description of the clip:

“Chris, Logan, Robb, and Jared sit down with Metal Hammer journalist-extraordinaire Dom Lawson and listen to ‘Burn My Eyes’ for the first time in over 2 decades. This often hilarious conversation sees them trying to remember where they wrote songs, discussing how they got together back in 1992, the mind-bogglingly bad original lyric for “let freedom ring”, and the time they set off the smoke alarms in the Fantasy recording studio from smoking so much weed.”

Machine Head To Reunite With Logan Mader & Chris Kontos For “Burn My Eyes” 25th Anniversary Tour

Machine Head have announced that they will be hitting the road on a “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour. The band will be reuniting with drummer Chris Kontos and guitarist Logan Mader for this run and the dates for the European leg can be found below. The U.S. leg will be announced later this year. The shows will find the group playing two sets. The first set will feature frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing “modern classics” with their new guitarist and drummer. Kontos and Mader will then take the stage for a second set featuring a full album performance of “Burn My Eyes.”

Flynn said the following:

“Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive!

Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”

Mader added:

“It’s a huge honor for me to take part in celebrating ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th birthday! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I feel like I won the guitar player lottery…. again! The fact that BME is still relevant today has a lot to do with the fact that Robb has kept the band alive and strong for two and a half decades. I’m very grateful for this!”

Kontos also commented:

“This is an absolute mind blower! Playing these songs again after 23 years feels just amazing. The fact that it’s 25 years later and the BME record is still relevant and revered is humbling to say the least. Doing a huge world tour in celebration of the record is a great way to acknowledge the legacy of Machine Head’s past and future. I’m so looking forward to sharing these songs with the Machine Head fans around the world. Can’t wait to meet all you ‘Head Cases’ out there! You can be sure it is going to be a crushing night! See ya soon!”

Tour Dates:

10/05 Freiburg, GER – Sick Arena Musikclub
10/07 Tilburg, NET – 013
10/09 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
10/11 Wuerzburg, GER – Posthalle
10/12 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
10/14 Bochum, GER – Ruhr Congress
10/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/16 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/18 Gdansk, POL – B90
10/19 Warsaw, POL – Progressja
10/20 Budapest, HUN – Baba Negra
10/22 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
10/23 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/25 Milan, ITA – Live Club
10/26 Padova, ITA – Hall
10/27 Luxembourg, LUX – Expo
10/29 Paris, FRA – Le Trianon
10/31 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
11/02 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
11/04 Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
11/05 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
11/07 Belfast, IRE – Telegraph Building
11/08 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre

Machine Head Have Been Holding Auditions To Find New Guitarist & Drummer

Machine Head have been holding auditions to find replacements for former drummer Dave McClain and former guitarist Phil Demmel. Frontman Robb Flynn confirmed the news during a recent live stream on Instagram. The auditions have been taking place at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren and Flynn said the musicians taking part in the sessions are “ridiculously talented” and that “you might not know some of these guys,” but others “you may.” Those auditioning had to learn the following tracks: “Locust”, “Old”, “Imperium”, “From This Day”, “Halo”, “Aesthetics Of Hate” and “This Is The End”.

[via Blabbermouth]

Machine Head Are Currently Working On “Some New Heaviness”

Robb Flynn shared a new video on his Instagram story saying Machine Head are currently in the studio working on some “new heaviness.” The clip has since been shared on a fan page and can be seen below. As of right now, Flynn and Jared MacEachern are the only remaining members of the band. It is still unknown who will be replacing former members Phil Demmel and Dave McClain.

Phil Demmel Says Machine Head “Became A Robb Flynn Solo Project”

During a recent interview on the “Talk Toomey” podcast, Phil Demmel opened up about his departure from Machine Head. The guitarist says the band got to a point where “it just became a Robb Flynn solo project, and that isn’t what [he] signed up for.”

Demmel said the following:

“I’m not gonna badmouth the breakup or [Robb]. I think he’s an amazing musician, and the times I had in Machine Head were awesome. The last few years just weren’t. We just didn’t work as people anymore.

I think [Robb] strayed from the path of being a band. He stayed on his path. Instead of us being on the same path or asking to be on the same path, it just became, ‘This is what we’re doing.'”

Demmel also said he “hates” the band’s latest album “Catharsis“:

“I hate the last record. There’s moments of what I wrote that I like. I wrote most of the music to ‘California Bleeding‘, but then he [Robb] wrote the lyrics on top of it that I just wish that… Me and Dave talk about it, like, ‘Fuck! I wish I could take my riffs back.’ [Laughs] ‘No, that isn’t what we want them used for.’

So, I think, in that sense, it just became a Robb Flynn solo project, and that isn’t what I signed up for. And the last few years were basically collecting a paycheck. And I just couldn’t do that. The stress and all the talks and all the ‘can’t do this,’ ‘don’t do that,’ ‘don’t do this,’ ‘don’t stand there,’ ‘don’t say this,’ ‘don’t sing the words to the audience,’ don’t point.’”

For his part, Flynn basically said they had “grown apart” and that he “held on too tight to the reins of this band,” suffocating the other guys in the process. Demmel was also asked about that statement and whether or not the frontman told him that directly. He responded with the following:

“The way I remember it, the final talk that we kind of had… I don’t wanna speak out of turn here, so I’m gonna choose my words pretty carefully. I think that—personally; I only speak for me—I think that Robb was just as done with me as I was with him. I think it was, like, ‘Maybe we can go to therapy,’ but it was kind of things that are just being said just to, like, ‘Hey, we both know this is over.’ I think I kind of did him a favor by not having him have to fire me. I think that he believed what he said. And he knows what’s happening, but it’s just the way that he’s running things now. And so, it just didn’t work anymore.”

He went on to discuss the final tour after being asked if it was awkward:

“…I wasn’t gonna do the [last] tour. I was hoping that they’d get somebody to replace me. And then Dave said, ‘Well, I’m not gonna do the tour unless you do the tour.’ So, if Dave left, then the tour [would have been] canceled. So we just kind of agreed to, ‘We’ll honor the tour [and] be done.’ The last tour, [it was] totally awkward. Me and Robb [weren’t] talking. It [wasn’t] mean, but there [was] no talking. Onstage, it [was] kind of forced.

I’m sitting here now just kind of processing everything that has happened, and I think that there is still some… I don’t wanna say ‘bitterness,’ but just… I don’t know if I’ve been able to really process the way everything has ended and gone.”

The guitarist also said he is sure Flynn will move forward with a new lineup:

“There was never a doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t [carry on]. Especially in my position — I think that the guitar position for that band would just be a plug-and-play situation. I contributed heavily to the material. But in the end, Robb wants to do what he’s gonna do, so I don’t know how much that would be a factor. The records that I contributed to — five records; well, actually four — I’m not gonna count the last one. ‘The Blackening’, ‘[Unto The] Locust’… Those records would look entirely different without my contributions.

I think losing Dave McClain is a huge, huge blow. I think that he was such a part of that process, and finding somebody is not gonna be easy. But there’s never been a doubt in my mind that [Robb will] find two people to probably just be hired guns. I don’t think that he wants to take on the headache of the corporation and all that. This is what he’s good at. He’s an amazing musician. He’s great with notes and note selection and melodies and layering stuff. And he’s got Jared [MacEachern, bass] with him, who’s fucking… I think he was the best musician when I was in the band. The guy is classically trained and knows theory and can sing his ass off and can play.”

Despite all this, Demmel doesn’t regret his time in the band:

“I look back at my time in the band and I’m really proud of everything that we’ve done. I helped take this band from its lowest point to its highest point. We wrote some amazing records, played some amazing shows. So I’m trying to reflect on all the positive stuff. And just being free now of… So much was held back towards the end—in the past couple of years, three or four years—and just being stress-free is what I’m kind of focusing on now. Just focus on all the positive stuff that we’ve done and move forward with all the fun stuff that’s happening now.”

This news comes after Demmel previously said Flynn was not approached about participating in Vio-lence’s reunion shows, which are set to take place on April 13-14 at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA. Those shows will reportedly be followed by another to be announced date overseas.

[via Blabbermouth]