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Oakland, San Francisco CA, United States (1992 – present)

Machine Head is an American metal band, formed in 1992 in Oakland, California. Founded by former Vio-Lence guitarist Robert Flynn and Adam Duce, and has had 4 personnel changes since its inception. The current lineup of the band comprises of Robb Flynn (vocals, guitar), Jared MacEachern (bass), Phil Demmel (guitar), and Dave McClain (drums). Machine Head is one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

The song Davidian of their debut album Burn My Eyes, features the lyrics “Let freedom ring / with a shotgun blast”. Subsequently the video was banned from MTV due to its release date being very soon after the Waco Siege which it was apparently describing. Robb Flynn has since said that the song was not written about the Waco Siege but added that line to get people thinking.

After their debut album Chris Kontos left to work with Testament and a stand in drummer (Chris Konstanza) was used for Machine Head’s Donington slot in 1995. After this, the drumming services of Dave McClain were acquired. They then released the follow-up album, The More Things Change in 1997, after which guitarist Logan Mader unexpectedly left in the spring of 1998. He was then replaced by Ahrue Luster (now of Ill Niño) who worked with the band on the third album The Burning Red (1999).


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  • aldrignedigen

    v You meant the Blackening, right?

    21 Oct 8:40am Reply
  • Nu_Mann

    Nothing these guys do will ever top the burning red!

    17 Oct 6:05pm Reply
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  • foreverskreemin

    ((OH--MY--GOD!!!)) I cant wait for the new album!!! ((((I need it NOOOOOWWWW!!!!!))))

    16 Oct 12:53am Reply
  • spiderferi

    Now We Die is freaking Awesome, it's even better than locust on the first listen. MACHINE FUCKING HEAD.

    13 Oct 3:07pm Reply
  • the_rocknrollah

    My fav albums are Burn My Eyes and The Blackening, New material is AWESOME, heavy like a ten ton hammer, son! ) Killers & Kings, Now We Die <3

    12 Oct 1:06pm Reply
  • pannaMINERALNA

    Why did it take me so long to notice this great band? Shame on me. Can't wait for the new album!

    11 Oct 3:06pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Thrash metal isn't just for people with short attention spans, they do progressive metal...if you want their non-progressive material, you can always go back to their classic Burn My Eyes. I support the progression they've been doing since 2004, part of why they stand out so much in thrash metal.

    9 Oct 8:29pm Reply
  • HforHell

    I think now we die is a really awesome! I like the sound of it and I really dig the violins in the beginning! On my opinion the song goes about how the end of the world is so close. That we should prepare for dying. But someone else could think another thing about the meaning that's why music is so beautiful!

    5 Oct 4:10pm Reply
  • Thecondemned

    It took me several weeks to appreciate “Aesthetics Of Hate” when it came out and so did “Locust”. And both songs grew on me with time. I've only listened to “Now We Die” three times now, but it already gets better with every listen. So my guts tell me “Now We Die” won't be a letdown for me. I have no doubt the upcoming album becomes nothing less than awesome.

    29 Sep 1:54pm Reply
  • KrossPoison

    Don't know what it is but I just feel the new song could have been better. I like it don't get me wrong but I just feel it's going to be overly hyped and I don't feel it's all that out standing.

    27 Sep 2:01pm Reply
  • MosherSam13

    New song is an improvement from Locust but would be better if they cut off about 3 minutes from it, someone should have told Rob Flynn that not every song needs to be 7 minutes long

    27 Sep 11:35am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Now We Die makes me want to hear them someday go into full on symphonic thrash metla territory...they do it 10 times as well as Metallica did on S&M!

    26 Sep 9:56pm Reply
  • morbid_fight

    The new song is awesome!

    26 Sep 3:40pm Reply
  • AgneesTheo

    Now we die is amazing!

    25 Sep 9:44pm Reply
  • seiyanara

    New song is really cool, can't wait to hear the full album !

    25 Sep 5:17pm Reply
  • Joizo

    Now We Die <3

    25 Sep 5:09pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    The first two albums are great. Energetic, angry and groovy as fuck.

    14 Sep 1:15pm Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    ⌠↑ಠ_ಠ ←:D→ ಥ_ಥ↓⌡

    9 Sep 1:26pm Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Titles a bit dodgy but then the only MH record titles I've liked are Through The Ashes of Empires and The More Things Change lol. This is gonna be fucking epic though, how the hell can a band go on a run like this? Sure, burning red was alright and supercharger was dodgy tho with everything popular at the time it stands well up, TBR was a superb nu-metal tinged record though, crushes every single band in that movement flat. Every other record is brilliant. Locust was exemplary especially after a milestone like The Blackening. A lot more compact and simplified but a great offering; Looking the hell forward to it. Colossus of a band.

    8 Sep 12:40am Reply
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