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Machine Head

For all their achievements in a career spanning two decades and counting, perhaps the greatest feat accomplished by heavy metal greats Machine Head was successfully making a name for themselves in the thick of the alternative rock revolution, which dominated the mid-1990s and killed off countless numbers of their peers. But then, Machine Head was evidently made of sterner stuff, beginning with their leader, vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn, who had already survived the mostly disappointing careers of two products of the 1980s Bay Area thrash metal scene, Forbidden and Vio-Lence, before launching Machine Head in 1991. Together with second guitarist Logan Mader, bassist Adam Duce, and drummer Chris Kontos, Flynn delivered Machine Head’s impressive debut album, ‘Burn My Eyes,’ through Roadrunner Records in 1994, and found his band immediately embraced by loyal metal fans, who themselves were weathering grunge’s fierce storm. 1997’s sophomore ‘The More Things Change…’ met with nearly as much acclaim and ensuing albums like ’99’s ‘The Burning Red’ and ’01’s ‘Supercharger’ saw Machine Head rolling with the punches of nu-metal trends, before coming back full circle to their original, thrash-and-groove-based sound on 2003’s ‘Through the Ashes of Empire.’ Throughout this period, the band had established itself as a globally popular concert draw, even while cycling through numerous lineup changes that saw Kontos re-placed by Dave McClain (ex-Sacred Reich) in 1995, and Mader substituted for Ahrue Luster in ’98 and then Flynn’s erstwhile Vio-lence band mate, Phil Demmel as of 2002. Then, after departing from Roadrunner in 2001, only to return under a more beneficial deal, Machine got back on track with the aforementioned ‘Empires’ before turning in what many consider their magnum opus in 2007’s stunning ‘The Blackening.’ Chosen by many publications as the year’s very best metal album, it ushered in the most prosperous era of Machine Head’s career, which continued through 2011’s ‘Unto the Locust,’ 2014’s ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds,’ and carries on, unto the present day, despite an acrimonious parting with Duce (replaced by Jared MacEachern) in 2013.

 
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21 Years Ago: Machine Head Release Their Debut Album ‘Burn My Eyes’

In 1994, Machine Head released their 'Burn My Eyes' debut disc.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Machine Head Announce Fall 2015 North American Tour Dates

After a successful run of 'An Evening With...' shows earlier this year, Machine Head have announced another leg in support of their Bloodstone and Diamonds album.

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Machine Head: Facebook

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Resumes Rehearsals Following Gallbladder Surgery

Last week, it was revealed that Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn would undergo gallbladder surgery.

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Machine Head Frontman Robb Flynn to Have Gallbladder Surgery

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn is expected to have surgery tomorrow (May 12) to have his gallbladder removed.

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New York City Fans Spend ‘An Evening With Machine Head’

With no opener needed, Machine Head took hold of a sold-out crowd at Irving Plaza in New York City. Metal fans had an unforgettable night on Jan. 31, with well over two hours of music from the heav

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Talks New Album, Past Turmoil, Touring + More

Machine Head's Robb Flynn spoke with Full Metal Jackie about the band's 'Bloodstone and Diamonds' disc, their past turmoil, touring and more.

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Slams All That Remains’ Phil Labonte for LGBT Comment

Robb Flynn certainly does not agree with the All That Remains singer's viewpoint, calling Labonte "ignorant."

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Robb Flynn Reveals Machine Head Almost Ended Before Adam Duce Firing

Robb Flynn reveals in a new blog posting that Machine Head have almost split a few times in the past.

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Machine Head Unleash Deadly ‘Now We Die’ Video

Machine Head reveal their morbid side in the epic new video for 'Now We Die.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Machine Head Announce Winter 2015 North American Tour

As their latest opus 'Bloodstones & Diamonds' is unleashed on the masses, Machine Head have announced they will be embarking on a North American tour in January.

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