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Machine-Head-Burn-My-EyesBy Jeff Maki
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Founded by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn (formerly of thrash metal band Vio-lence) and bassist Adam Duce in 1991, Bay Area thrash metal titans Machine Head will leave behind a surefire legacy as one of the only bands I can recall having two successful eras dominating the metal scene—one from 1994 to 1999 and then again from 2003 to the present day. The Machine Head we all know today—the one that is working on its yet-untitled eighth album—is not the same Machine Head that first broke on the scene. The band started as a formidable street metal act, eventually winning over audiences worldwide with its first two releases, only to ultimately hit a wall with two much-maligned albums, 1999’s The Burning Red (I’m sorry, but I think it’s damn good) and 2001’s Supercharger. After lineup changes and a battle with record labels, they came storming back with a trio of epic thrash metal albums, Through the Ashes of Empires (2003), the now-classic The Blackening (2007) and its most recent studio effort, Unto the Locust (2011). So as we wait for the next album and chapter in Machine Head’s long career, let us celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, Burn My Eyes, by telling you the experience I had with the album and how it helped changed the face of metal for the future. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Since the start of 2007, taking into account recorded output and live performances, has there been a metal band better than Machine Head? Make your case, but you’ll have a hard time changing my mind. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Robb Flynn is one pissed off dude. Machine Head’s music hasn’t ever been confused with being sunny, but on its sixth studio release, The Blackening, the Bay Area band takes aggression to a new level. There’s plenty to be angry about in the world today, and Flynn channels his strong emotions into his most adventurous musical journey to date. A mere eight songs clock in at a hefty 61 minutes. Two tracks top the 10-minute mark, and two more surpass nine minutes. You need to bring your A game to hold the listener’s attention over such lengthy pieces, and Machine Head does exactly that. (more…)