Posts Tagged ‘Burn My Eyes’

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…)

Machine Head: "A Ten Ton Hammer Hits Baltimore"

Machine Head: “A Ten Ton Hammer Hits Baltimore”

Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour

By Jeff Maki

Whether they were opening for Metallica in Washington, D.C., in 2009 or headlining the side stage at the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Camden, N.J., 20- to 30-minute sets did not do Machine Head justice. Before 2009, I have to go back to Ozzfest ’97, which wasn’t a full set either, for the last time I had seen the band live. Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn even addressed the crowd at Rams Head Live, saying this was the band’s first time back to Baltimore in more than four years. Long story short, after releasing two metal masterpieces in The Blackening and Unto the Locust in the past five years, we were overdue for a proper headlining set by Machine Head. (more…)