NewsJanuary 20, 2007 4:50 PM ET2,874 views

Machine Head records new album

Official press release: Machine Head recently recorded "The Blackening" at Sharkbite Studios in the band's hometown of Oakland, California. Once again produced by singer/guitarist Robert Flynn and mixed by Colin Richardson (Bullet For My Valentine, Napalm Death) "The Blackening," set for worldwide release spring 2007 via Roadrunner Records, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album "Through The Ashes Of Empires." Regarding "The Blackening" Flynn states, "This is the most ambitious thing we have ever attempted. We all challenged ourselves and each other to write a record that pushed the boundaries of complexity and technical structure." Meanwhile, Flynn’s lyrics have gone from what has been, recently, a more introspective focus, back to the social commentary tackled on previous albums like 'Burn My Eyes.' Flynn continues, "The nature of what is happening in the world led to a darker, bleaker album in every sense." Pointed and timely, the lyrics in songs such as "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent," "A Farewell To Arms" and "Halo" touch upon politics, the war in Iraq and organized religion. The lyrics to the aforementioned songs spit anger and disdain at their topics in the true spirit of angst that fueled punk rock in the mid- 80's. Frontman Robert Flynn continues, “Got all of the mixes 2 days ago, WOW man, Colin Richardson nailed it!! SO massive sounding, it could be the heaviest guitar tone ever! We're all really proud of the results, we worked our butts off on this one. It's a crazy, complex, challenging, and fun record to listen to. It's layered like hell, one of those albums where the more you listen, the more you hear. We can’t fuckin' wait til' people can listen to it!!!!!” "Aesthetics Of Hate" captures the bands anger towards an article that bashed 'Dimebag' Darrell right after his death and slammed the metal community as a whole for mourning it. The band actually performed this new track during the special appearances they made along the Sounds of the Underground Tour this past summer. "Now I Lay Thee Down" has a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story slant to it, while "Slanderous" addresses the hate that still permeates throughout society and "Wolves," tackles the band's competitive, 'winner take all' spirit.



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