Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Discusses Lyrical Inspiration Behind “Do Or Die”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has taken to social media to discuss the lyrical inspiration for the band’s latest single “Do Or Die.” The track has been met with some controversy and it even led to a bit of a squabble with Dope after Flynn blasted haters on Instagram.

Flynn said the following about the song:

“If you’re an angry person, then you know what it means when there’s a fury inside you that simmers just below the surface. For me it’s a rage that can fill my mouth (and in the past, my fists) with bile and I’m not satisfied until that bile’s reached its victim.

I, like so many of us, am fucked up in the head. I’ve felt as if the world was against me from the day I was born. My upbringing, like millions of others, was fueled by an uncontrollable rage. So those like me, we learned to put on a happy face for society, a laugh here, a smile there, but deep down that rage never goes away.

That same rage has helped guide me through 33 years in the music business. You don’t last this long in this business being “happy.” Happy is contentment and that’s never been me. You last in the music business due to a hatred inside. A hatred that burns a fire so bright, that it can only be extinguished by music.

It’s made for some beautiful hate filled songs…

However, living with that fire inside comes with consequences.

It is a gift and a curse.

I write songs for a living, but I also write songs to live.

Some people love them and connect with them beyond my wildest dreams, some people hate them and wish they never heard ’em, and that’s okay too.

I’ve taken my lumps, I’m still standing and I’m never going away.

In fact I’m coming back hard as fucking nails.

This is Do Or Die.”

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Extends Olive Branch To Dope’s Edsel Dope

As previously reported, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn recently slammed Dope after fans pointed out the similarities between Machine Head’s latest single “Do Or Die“ and Dope‘s “Die MF Die.“ Dope frontman Edsel Dope then responded to Flynn, while also sharing some Spotify data to show that Dope actually has slightly more listeners than Machine Head. Now, Flynn has issued a new statement to extend an olive branch to Edsel.

Flynn said the following:

“Hey Edsel,⠀
Saw your response. ⠀
Thanks for the compliments. ⠀
Spotify stats…? Hey, I stand corrected. Apparently there’s a lot of motherfuckers still listening to Dope out there. ⠀

Good for you man.⠀

Though disturbingly CrazyTown’s “Butterfly” has us both beat, but I digress.⠀

Got nothing against Dope at all. Not trying to sound like a douche here, (our bands have not intersected in decades), but I literally didn’t know that you guys were a band anymore. So when your fans started spamming our Facebook / Insta feed about our new song ripping you guys off, I was like huh…?⠀

I actually have fond memories of you and I doing enormous amounts of cocaine on my bus in Oklahoma at some radio show back in 1999 and having a wildly coked-out conversation about doing a tour together that never materialized. In fact I just ran into your former(current? now in Misfits) guitar player Acey at the Slipknot show and he invited all of us into the Misfits.⠀

I have a pretty dark sense of humor, I was literally laughing hysterically when I wrote the first thing that I wrote. Trolling the trolls if you will. It wasn’t aimed at you or even Dope. The second photo of the girl I thought was just cute, and was my way of saying “hey good one”, or, “ya got me!”.⠀

That your band is still on tour and doing well 20 years later is fucking awesome Edsel. As someone who knows the challenges of sticking it out this long in the music business, I’m happy for you. ⠀

I’ll take this moment right now to extend the olive branch to you and your band, that any Machine Head show coming up anywhere in the world, that you guys want to come and hang at, you are welcome to. Have some beers, vodka, champagne, whatever (I’ll have to pass on the cocaine🤪) just say the word, and I’ll make it happen. Maybe you could even come up and sing the “Do Or Die” with us. ⠀

Totally understand if you want to pass in light of everything, but the offer stands.⠀

Peace and love bro⠀

Robb!”

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Hey Edsel,⠀ Saw your response. ⠀ Thanks for the compliments. ⠀ Spotify stats…? Hey, I stand corrected. Apparently there’s a lot of motherfuckers still listening to Dope out there. ⠀ ⠀ Good for you man.⠀ ⠀ Though disturbingly CrazyTown’s “Butterfly” has us both beat, but I digress.⠀ ⠀ Got nothing against Dope at all. Not trying to sound like a douche here, (our bands have not intersected in decades), but I literally didn’t know that you guys were a band anymore. So when your fans started spamming our Facebook / Insta feed about our new song ripping you guys off, I was like huh…?⠀ ⠀ I actually have fond memories of you and I doing enormous amounts of cocaine on my bus in Oklahoma at some radio show back in 1999 and having a wildly coked-out conversation about doing a tour together that never materialized. In fact I just ran into your former(current? now in Misfits) guitar player Acey at the Slipknot show and he invited all of us into the Misfits.⠀ ⠀ I have a pretty dark sense of humor, I was literally laughing hysterically when I wrote the first thing that I wrote. Trolling the trolls if you will. It wasn’t aimed at you or even Dope. The second photo of the girl I thought was just cute, and was my way of saying “hey good one”, or, “ya got me!”.⠀ ⠀ That your band is still on tour and doing well 20 years later is fucking awesome Edsel. As someone who knows the challenges of sticking it out this long in the music business, I’m happy for you. ⠀ ⠀ I’ll take this moment right now to extend the olive branch to you and your band, that any Machine Head show coming up anywhere in the world, that you guys want to come and hang at, you are welcome to. Have some beers, vodka, champagne, whatever (I’ll have to pass on the cocaine🤪) just say the word, and I’ll make it happen. Maybe you could even come up and sing the “Do Or Die” with us. ⠀ ⠀ Totally understand if you want to pass in light of everything, but the offer stands.⠀ ⠀ Peace and love bro⠀ ⠀ Robb

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Slams “Bitchass Internet Trolls” That Compare “Do Or Die” To Dope’s “Die MF Die”

When Machine Head released their new single “Do Or Die“ some people started drawing comparisons between the lyrics and the lyrics from Dope‘s “Die MF Die.” Frontman Robb Flynn has since taken to social media to slam the “bitchass internet trolls” making those comments.

Flynn said the following:

“To all the bitchass internet troll motherfuckers who keep whining and menstrating about how “Do Or Die” has lyrics from the band Dope. Here’s a little fucking reminder for your moronic nu-metal-brain’s, since 1993 in our song “fuck at all” I’ve been saying “c’mon motherfucker c’mon” in the middle break down. Here’s video of me in 1995 saying it at Dynamo!

It was a good seven years before Dopes 2001’s “Die MF Die” came out you fuckin sausage gobblers!

DUH!!

Not to mention that any fucking band on the planet saying “______ motherfucker ______” in any combination (and that goes for coal chamber, five finger death punch, dope, and yes, Machine Head) are all jacking it from 1984’s hip hop classic “The Roof Is On Fire” by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three. Swipe right to listen! Know your fucking musical history fuckboi’s!!

And if I hear one more fucking internet twathole moaning about “cringe worthy lyrics” while they sit in front of their computers stroking their little fucking boners to the lyrical genius of fucking BABYMETAL, eat a bowl of cock!

Because the second the Pantera’s “walk” comes on, with such lyrical Edgar Allan Poe-esque masterpiece is like “run your mouth when I’m not around it’s easy to achieve” and “walk on home boy” Or lamb of god’s “this is a motherfucking invitation” these same fucking brain-donors run right out to the dance floor and start headbanging! And rightly so!!

P.S. Who the fuck listens to Dope!!??”

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To all the bitchass internet troll motherfuckers who keep whining and menstrating about how “Do Or Die” has lyrics from the band Dope. Here’s a little fucking reminder for your moronic nu-metal-brain’s, since 1993 in our song “fuck at all” I’ve been saying “c’mon motherfucker c’mon” in the middle break down. Here’s video of me in 1995 saying it at Dynamo!⠀ ⠀ It was a good seven years before Dopes 2001’s “Die MF Die” came out you fuckin sausage gobblers!⠀ ⠀ DUH!!⠀ ⠀ Not to mention that any fucking band on the planet saying “______ motherfucker ______” in any combination (and that goes for coal chamber, five finger death punch, dope, and yes, Machine Head) are all jacking it from 1984’s hip hop classic “The Roof Is On Fire” by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three. Swipe right ➡️ to listen! Know your fucking musical history fuckboi’s!!⠀ ⠀ And if I hear one more fucking internet twathole moaning about “cringe worthy lyrics” while they sit in front of their computers stroking their little fucking boners to the lyrical genius of fucking BABYMETAL, eat a bowl of cock! ⠀ ⠀ Because the second the Pantera’s “walk” comes on, with such lyrical Edgar Allan Poe-esque masterpiece is like “run your mouth when I’m not around it’s easy to achieve” and “walk on home boy” Or lamb of god’s “this is a motherfucking invitation” these same fucking brain-donors run right out to the dance floor and start headbanging!⠀And rightly so!! ⠀ P.S. Who the fuck listens to Dope!!??

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Machine Head Share In-Studio Performance Video For “The Rage To Overcome”, Cancel Los Angeles Show

Machine Head’s “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary lineup, Robb Flynn, Logan Mader, Chris Kontos, and Jared MacEachern, previously re-recorded the album at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA and have now shared a live in-studio performance of “The Rage To Overcome.” You can check that out below:

In other news, the group also appear to have cancelled their December 20 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. The new was confirmed by Live Nation. The band’s remaining “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary dates can be found below:

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
01/16 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
01/20 Dallas, TX – House Of BLues
01/21 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
01/22 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
01/22 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
01/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
01/28 Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
01/30 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
01/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/01 New York City, NY – Webster Hall
02/04 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
02/05 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/07 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
02/08 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
02/11 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
02/12 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
02/14 Detroit, MI – Crofoot
02/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/16 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
02/18 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
02/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
02/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
02/22 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
04/19 Zaragoza, SPA – Teatro de las Esquinas
04/21 Santiago de Compostela, SPA – Capitol
04/23 Oporto, POR – Coliseu de Porto
04/24 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
04/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
04/27 Malaga, SPA – Paris 15
04/28 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
04/28 Valencia, SPA – Republicca
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
05/02 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
05/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
05/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/08 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
05/09 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
05/10 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
05/12 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
05/13 Sofia, BUL – Universiada Hall
05/15 Thessaloniki, GRE – Fix Factory Of Sound
05/16 Athens, GRE – Piraeus Academy
05/20 Kiev, UKR – Stereoplaza
05/22 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
05/23 St. Petersburg, RUS – A2
05/25 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
05/28 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset Arenan
05/29 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/30 Aarhus, DEN – Train
06/01 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
06/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoliredenburg
06/03 Lille, FRA – Aeronef
06/05 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
06/06 Birmingham, UK – Academy

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Machine Head Announce North American Leg Of “Burn My Eyes” 25th Anniversary Tour

Machine Head have officially announced the North American leg of their “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour. These shows will find the group playing two sets. The first set will feature frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing “modern classics” with guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka (Decapitated) and drummer Matt Alston (Devilment), while the second set will feature the two performing “Burn My Eyes” in full with guitarist Logan Mader and drummer Chris Kontos.

Flynn said the following:

“North American Head Cases, you have been patiently waiting for what seems like for-goddamned-EVER, thank you for your patience, but we are now ready to CRUSH YOUR FUCKING SKULLS!! So ready to get back on the road in the US. Biggest production we have ever had, most insane line-up we have ever had, we have leveled-the-fuck-up for this run! Ready to bring you 3 hours of blood, sweat, tears, pain, rage, and life-affirming metal. Let’s fucking do this!!”

Tour Dates:

01/16 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
01/20 Dallas, TX – House Of BLues
01/21 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
01/22 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
01/22 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
01/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
01/28 Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
01/30 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
01/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/01 New York City, NY – Webster Hall
02/04 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
02/05 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/07 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
02/08 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
02/11 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
02/12 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
02/14 Detroit, MI – Crofoot
02/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/16 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
02/18 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
02/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
02/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
02/22 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues

Machine Head Recruit Decapitated & Devilment Members For Upcoming Shows

Machine Head have revealed that guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka (Decapitated) and drummer Matt Alston (Devilment) will be joining them on the first leg of their “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour. Those shows will find the group playing two sets. The first set will feature frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing “modern classics” with the aforementioned musicians, while the second set will feature the two performing “Burn My Eyes” in full with guitarist Logan Mader and drummer Chris Kontos.

Robb Flynn said the following:

“It is an honor to perform alongside Matt and Vogg, these two are straight up ‘elite-level’ players, and fucking BEASTS on stage! I cannot wait for the Head Cases of the world to get crushed by the heaviness that they will bring. Let’s do this!”

Kiełtyka also commented:

“It’s a huge honor to be able to play at the same stage with the mighty Machine Head. I grew up on their music and when I heard I will join them on this tour, I was literally stoked!

As a 13-year-old, I was learning songs from ‘Burn My Eyes’ who is still one of my favorite albums EVER, that album had also a big influence on my playing and my guitar skills.

Machine Head is not just a band, it’s an institution who has still a big influence on how all metal scene looks like, so for me as a musician and also a metal fan it’s something special to be able to be a small part of it.

That will be definitely a huge lesson and experience for me to be a part of such a professional team. Adventure begins, I cannot wait!

To all Decapitated fans: I will see with you also during Decapitated shows in 2020. We do plan also to compose new music for next album so keep an eye on more news!”

Alston added:

“I’m honored to announce that I will be playing drums for Machine Head for the next world tour cycle alongside Chris Kontos on their ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th-anniversary tour.

It was a pleasure working for MH over last year’s world tour, but now having the opportunity to be playing their songs is something I never would have imagined while growing up and listening to their music.

Pre-production for the upcoming European tour starts on Monday. Needless to say, I can’t fucking wait to get on the road!

A huge, HUGE thanks to my brother Steve Lagudi for getting me the opportunity to audition, and of course to Robb, Jared, and the whole MH team for welcoming me into this new position.”

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
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
04/19 Zaragoza, SPA – Teatro de las Esquinas
04/21 Santiago de Compostela, SPA – Capitol
04/23 Oporto, POR – Coliseu de Porto
04/24 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
04/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
04/27 Malaga, SPA – Paris 15
04/28 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
04/28 Valencia, SPA – Republicca
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
05/02 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
05/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
05/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/08 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
05/09 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
05/10 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
05/12 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
05/13 Sofia, BUL – Universiada Hall
05/15 Thessaloniki, GRE – Fix Factory Of Sound
05/16 Athens, GRE – Piraeus Academy
05/20 Kiev, UKR – Stereoplaza
05/22 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
05/23 St. Petersburg, RUS – A2
05/25 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
05/28 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset Arenan
05/29 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/30 Aarhus, DEN – Train
06/01 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
06/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoliredenburg
06/03 Lille, FRA – Aeronef
06/05 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
06/06 Birmingham, UK – Academy