Machine Head Premiere New Song “Circle The Drain”

Machine Head have premiered a new song titled “Circle The Drain.” You can stream that below:

Robb Flynn commented:

“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 Share Second Video On The Making Of New Song “Circle The Drain”

Machine Head have shared the second video on the making of their new song “Circle The Drain.” That track is expected to be released on Friday (February 14).

Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel, Bobby Blitz, & Mark Menghi To Release “American Made” Covers Album Under The Name BPMD

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) revealed that his new project with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) will be called BPMD. The group plan to release a new covers album titled “American Made” later this year.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s called BPMD. So it’s Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel — BPMD. It’s all cover tunes from American bands of the ’70s. It’s called ‘American Made‘, [and it’s got songs from] ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Gang, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad — all these cover tunes that we modernized them and not really thrashed them up, but we made kind of metal versions of them.

And we think we found maybe a label home, and we’re looking to put the record out here probably at the end of the first quarter, maybe beginning of second quarter. It’s all up in the air right now.”

He then added the following after being asked who came up with the idea:

“Mark Menghi did. He said he was around his campfire listening to a Skynyrd song, and he’s all, ‘Hey, I wanna record this and get some guys.’ And he called us up. I flew out to Portnoy’s house, and we had the songs we picked. Each of us picked two, and then we had two songs that were kind of band picks that we needed to do. And we flew out to Portnoy’s house in Pennsylvania. I flew in one day, did tracks, flew out the next day, went home and recorded guitar tracks and solos in a day. And the guys did their other tracks. We got it done pretty fucking quick.”

Demmel also revealed his favorite track from the effort:

“I’m gonna have to say… There’s a sleeper track. It’s a Blue Öyster Cult song called ‘Tattoo Vampire’ that I picked. And Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult actually played on the song. And it’s got kind of a punky feel. ‘Cause the original track is kind of rock and roll, but Menghi or Portnoy had this idea to make it kind of a Ramones feel. So we picked it up. So, ‘Tattoo Vampire’ is my favorite.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Dukes (Ex-Exodus) Joins Machine Head Onstage In Phoenix, Arizona

During their January 16 show in Phoenix, Arizona, Machine Head were joined onstage by former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes. You can see footage of him performing Exodus’ “A Lesson In Violence” with the band below:

Watch Dave Lombardo Perform Slayer Songs Live With Members Of Death Angel, Exodus, & Vio-lence

Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo joined Metal Allegiance onstage during their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. You can see footage of him performing Slayer‘s “Postmortem,“ “Raining Blood,” and “Angel Of Death” with Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) and Jack Gibson (Exodus) below:

Man Proposes To His Girlfriend In The Pit At A Recent Machine Head Show

During Machine Head’s January 16 show in Phoenix, AZ, a man proposed to his girlfriend in the pit during the intro to “Death Church.“ You can see footage of that below: