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machine headOne of the most underrated American metal bands to come out of the 1990’s has to be the one and only Machine Head. These guys deserve a lot of credit for the fact that when their own label was against them, they never lost sight of their goal and they kept going to the point that they are undeniable now. That is why I have decided that for this week’s album of the week, I am going to cover one of their albums. My introduction to Machine Head is thanks to a CD sampler that used to be handed out at every single Ozzfest. The sampler for 1997 or 98 I believe contained a track called Ten Ton Hammer and ever since that day I was instantly hooked. The album I chose for this week is the band’s second album The More Things Change… which was released on March 26, 1997 and was produced by Colin Richardson. The band at the time featured Robb Flynn (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), in his last appearance with the band Logan Mader (Lead Guitar), Adam Duce (Bass) , and in his first appearance with the band Dave McClain (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it was the band’s first album to hit The Billboard Top 200 Charts when it peaked at 138 while going 16 in the UK.

machine head back1. Ten Ton Hammer– One of my favorite songs on the whole entire record that hits you like a ten ton hammer to the chest in a track that is all about being the best and making sure no one tries to bring you down. 5/5

2. Take My Scars– A very interesting track on the album that could look like it’s about Robb’s upbringing, but according to a source, it’s sung from the devil’s point of view. 5/5

3. Struck A Nerve– a great track on the album that can be interpreted in a multitude of ways, but I think it’s a song about shocking the system or striking a nerve like they did right from the start with the whole kill the pro-life line. Duce’s bass playing is awesome on this track as well as many others. 5/5

4. Down To None-a track that starts very eerily with the clean channel guitar chords until the band lunges forward in a song that is about depression. 4.5/5

5. The Frontlines-A metal assault that sludges along, but my favorite part is the bass driven parts by Duce in the verses in a track that is all about how we allowed the government to do what it is doing because we never took a stand. 4.5/5

MACHINE-HEAD-The-More-Things-Change-2-16. Spine– Duce helps kick off the track with some sick bass playing before Mader and co. come in with the extra artillery. The track is kind of deep as it’s about someone who went through a traumatic experience and the one person he wanted to be there for him wasn’t. 4.5/5

7. Bay Of Pigs– a track with a little bit of a punk/hardcore flare to it that is all about his war against authority or the cops of San Francisco. 4/5

8. Violate– a little bit of a slower pace for the band almost resembling a Pantera Far Beyond Driven-esque vibe in this track that could be about someone who did something very bad to him. 4/5

9. Blistering– The track starts out with that awful denist drill that sent chills up my spine in this track that is all about that thing you do when you let all the hate bottle up inside, it’s just blisters. 4/5

10. Blood Of The Zodiac– The last track on the album that starts off slow before it picks up the pace in this track that is all about being your own person and not depending on others. Rising to the occasion and making a change that works for you. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I think that early Machine Head is some of the most brilliant material, but then again the latter part of the band’s career has been amazing as well. This won’t be the last time we see Machine Head on here for sure. My favorite tracks are Ten Ton Hammer, Blood Of The Zodiac, and Struck A Nerve. My least favorite tracks on the album would be Violate and Bay Of Pigs. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Machine-Head-Catharsis-2018Earlier in the month, we covered the track Beyond The Pale from Machine Head’s upcoming album Catharsis for the single of the week and it was freaking awesome. Now the band wants to know if you are ready for some metal mayhem and the answer better be yes because this week’s Metal Music Video of the Week is the title track from the album. The video itself is a little bizarre as it features some people that are trapped under a sheet as they can not see or anything as a bearded naked man prances over them until they all start to break free and do the same thing that he is doing while the band rocks out. We also see Robb Flynn tied up in a straight jacket as he is trapped in a padded cell and much more. Robb talks about the writing process and how honest he was with the lyrics saying, “When we were writing the record I’d get up at 4:30 in the morning, damn near every day and I’d just write lyrics. 80 percent was garbage, but 20 percent of it was gold and the things I liked this time round were just really clear, really straight ahead, completely non- metaphorical, coarse, vulgar language. The language of hip-hop, the language of how people speak in the streets, how we speak now. I didn’t want somebody to go ‘Oh I wonder if he’s talking about…’ No, you know exactly what the fuck I’m singing about. It may not be PC, but at the same time, we’re releasing an incredible amount of emotions on this album.” Check out the video below and make sure you pick the album on January 26TH where you get your music.

Machine-Head-Catharsis-2018We gave you a single of the week from the rock side of life so we figured we’s give you one from the metal side of things as well. One of the most underrated bands in all of metal has always been California Groove Metal titans Machine Head. The band has released some stellar albums from Burn My Eyes, Through The Ashes Of Empires, The Blackening, Unto The Locust, and the last album we’ve heard from them in 2014’s Bloodstone & Diamonds. Now the band has unveiled their next effort in Catharsis which is due out on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The band also unveiled a brand new track for everyone to hear in the epic twin guitar assault in Beyond The Pale. Robb Flynn talked about the new album saying, “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.’” 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. Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time… we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. Catharsis could really elevate our genre.” You can pre-order the new album now via Nuclear Blast, but for now check out the track below:

machinehead-800x450Do not adjust the brightness on your screen because you have read the title of the article correctly. Robb Flynn of Machine Head has called out all Racists that he used to call his brothers in a brand new song. Machine Head unleashed a new track with SiriusXM called Is There Anybody Out There. In the track, there is a certain line in the song that leads you to believe that he is calling out a certain someone. “Now I stand as a father, to men with no honor, Ashamed of the racists I used to call brothers.” That certain someone that he could be talking about could be ex-Pantera/current Down frontman Phil Anselmo. Earlier in the year during the Dimebash, Phil made some remarks and gestures during the show that really pissed off the Machine Head frontman (you can read all about it here). Although I have to say that I am not entirely shocked that they decided to write and record a song that would call him out if I am being perfectly honest. Robb has always spoken his mind and I commend him for it because few in the industry have the balls to do it. I also want to add to the conversation and say that the song is pretty bad ass too. One of the things I love about the song that I love is that he adds that rapping element to the verses which could also be an FU to Phil Anselmo after Phil had told him he hated the rap era of Machine Head’s career. I wish I could share it here with all of you, but unfortunately it’s on the Sirius website, so click here to listen to the new track.

Phil Anselmo, the former singer of Pantera and current Down frontman may have felt the heat and backlash from some anti-Semitic words and gestures he made at Dimebash 2016. He tried to offer an explanation as to why he said the words “White Power” followed by some Heil gestures by blaming it as a joke with white wine. Not everyone in the world was buying that excuse especially Robb Flynn of Machine Head who immediately went on the attack with a video he posted explaining his disgust over the situation. I also expressed my thoughts as well to the situation saying that just because of who he was, it didn’t make it OK for him to do that. Now Phil Anselmo has posted a video begging for forgiveness from the metal community and anyone that was offended by the gestures. Here is what Phil says in the video,

Philip H. Anselmo here, and I’m here to, basically, respond to all the heat I’ve been getting that I deserve completely. I was at the Dimebash and it was extremely late at night [and] there was heavy-duty talk between myself and those who love Dime. And heavy emotions were flowing, jokes were made backstage that transpired upon the stage, and it was ugly, it was uncalled for. And anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe in any of that; I don’t wanna be part of any group. I’m an individual and I am a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what I said, because you should have taken offense to what I said. And I am so sorry, and I hope you just… Man, give me another chance to… Just give me another chance. I love all of you. And anyone who’s met me, anyone who knows me knows that I love all of you. Bless you.

I am not going to be Judge Dredd by giving the final say, but at least he now knows that he can’t get away with those things. He now knows that we are not going to accept those mindless gestures and just brush it to the side because of who he is. Phil needs to grasp the idea and the fact that everyone is held accountable for their actions. I am obviously going to let you be the judge of all that and if you choose to forgive him then that is your choice. Check out the video apology below:

20130712-phil-anselmo-306x306-1373646895There is a big issue going around on the internet regarding some Anti-Semitic remarks that Phil Anselmo made at Dimebash 2016. Phil responded to the Youtuber who posted the video saying that it was all a joke and that it had something to do with white wine that they were drinking backstage. While this isn’t the first time that he has made racists or Anti-Semitic remarks, there has to be a time when we say that enough is enough in the metal community. One man has the intestinal fortitude to come out and speak out against what Phil said from the metal community. That man is Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn. While Robb is no stranger to stirring things up in the metal community, this time he has a legit reason to have an issue with the implicated figure. Robb released a video explaining what exactly was the issue with Anselmo explaining, “not a chardonnay or a pinot grigio in sight backstage” and then he informs you that Anselmo was drinking Becks which is a German beer. He continues to explain to people that Phil should not be let off the hook for his remarks and explains to everyone who doesn’t know why it isn’t OK to say those things.

robbThe part that shocks me the most is when Robb recalls sitting down with Anselmo backstage before they went on. He says, “Within 30 seconds of sitting down and talking to him, his drunk ass decided to let me know in no uncertain terms that he hated the ‘nig-er’ era of Machine Head, referring to our third and fourth album, The Burning Red.” That was a big time shock to me because I would never have imagined him saying those things, but then again I do not know the man personally from a hole in the wall. Second of all, The Burning Red was a kick ass album from Machine Head, but that isn’t the issue. The real Issue is that a public figure no matter if he is a musician, actor, politician, whatever should not be allowed to do that. Especially at an event that was meant to honor the legacy of one of the greatest guitar players in Metal history. I have always respected Robb for speaking his mind and standing up for what is right. I also agree with him in saying that there should be more people in Metal that should be calling out Anselmo for what he said as well. We can’t just brush this under the rug and say that it’s OK because of who he is. Check out the video below for yourself.

 

The Dimebash is an event that takes place every year the honors the legacy of one of metal’s finest that was taken away too soon. At this years Dimebash which was also the 11TH took place in Hollywood as some of metal’s biggest names came out like Robb Flynn (Machine Head), Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo (Down, Ex-Pantera), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour), Rex Brown, and so many more. The performance I chose for all of you as the cover of the week comes courtesy of Phil Anselmo on vocals, Dave Grohl on guitar, Robert Trujillo on bass, and Dave Lombardo on drums performing Ace Of Spades as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister. The audio quality isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the picture as the boys bring the noise. Listen to what Phil says before hand, it’s crazy what comes out of his mouth, but it’s funny.