MACHINE HEAD are:
Robb Flynn |vocals, guitars
Phil Demmel | guitars
Jared MacEachern | bass
Dave McClain | drums
If heavy music stands for anything, it’s freedom. Formed in Oakland, California in 1991, MACHINE HEAD have forged a formidable reputation and huge global fan base by never surrendering their artistic liberty or compromising their belief in the power of heaviness. Exploding into the consciousness of metalheads worldwide with their seminal 1994 debut album ‘Burn My Eyes’, the band led by singer/guitarist Robb Flynn have consistently raged against the grain, producing a steady stream of lead-heavy but fiendishly inventive modern metal records that have both defined and redefined the sound of metal in the 21st century.
From ground-breaking triumphs like 1999’s ‘The Burning Red’ to the planet-conquering might of 2007’s ‘The Blackening’, which saw the band traverse the globe several times as headliners, and as main support to both Metallica and Slipknot, MACHINE HEAD have remained at the forefront of heavy music with ease. Meanwhile, their reputation as one of metal’s most potent and unifying live bands has long been beyond dispute.Recent years have seen MACHINE HEAD gaining momentum and confidence and 2018 promises to be their biggest and best year yet, starting with the release of long-awaited ninth album ‘Catharsis’.
“This album is like a movie… a really looong movie…Lord Of The Rings-type stuff!” laughs frontman Robb Flynn. “There are a lot of special songs on this record, and of course, whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time… we’ve got something really special here. We can feel it. We know it. Some people may not dig where we’re going, and that’s always the case,… who cares? We dig it. Nine albums deep, it would be really easy for us to coast and write some middle of the road shit that won’t offend anybody.”
Offering vast quantities of style and substance, ‘Catharsis’ is a 75-minute, 15-track eruption of pain and fury, hope and joy, melody and savagery. By far the most hard-hitting album MACHINE HEAD have ever made, both musically and lyrically, it sustains their long tradition of writing songs about the real world and the authentic, heartfelt emotions that define the human condition. All human life is here, expressed with maximum honesty and brute force.
Robb Flynn and his comrades will be keeping the wheel spinning as the hardest touring band of the last 25 years. “I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to…now more than ever. A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to ‘brutal poetry’ or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand-plan, there was no ‘plan’,” Flynn adds laughing. “You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record… you just write… but I tell ya what… we ended up with a landmark here. An album that has the potential to be huge. If people get behind this, believe in this…’Catharsis’ could really elevate our genre here.”