San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have spent nearly two full decades establishing themselves as one of the best live acts in the hard rock and metal world, bringing venues and crowds to their knees night after night, for years at a stretch. Few, if any, of their peers can deliver the type of sweat-soaked, deafening and totally punishing live sets that the band delivers with near-religious fervor, in their native U.S. and across the globe.
That’s why the band had to capture its live fury on tape…again. They’ll be releasing “Machine Fucking Head Live” on November 13 via Roadrunner Records. It’s their second live effort — “Hellalive” was released in 2003 — but in the nine years that have passed, the band has only gained in power; MACHINE HEAD still slay and administer a beating in the live realm.
“Machine Fucking Head Live” was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band’s expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like “Imperium”, “Aesthetics of Hate”, “Locust”, “Ten Ton Hammer”, “This is the End” and “Halo”.
“The Head Cases [MACHINE HEAD's nickname for the band's fans] have been so intense on this tour cycle that we had to start capturing the shows, especially with technology making it so much easier to record,” said frontman Robb Flynn. “We culled some of the best nights where the band and crowd were on fire and made a badass, nearly two-hour, double live album, which is a great documentation of where the band is at, 18 years deep.”
“Machine Fucking Head Live” track listing:
01. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
02. Be Still And Know
04. Beautiful Mourning
05. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears
07. This Is The End
08. Aesthetics Of Hate
10. Darkness Within
12. Ten Ton Hammer
13. Who We Are
A performance clip of the song “Imperium”, taken from “Machine Fucking Head Live”, can be seen below.
“Machine Fucking Head Live” was mixed and mastered at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga and Robb Flynn.
MACHINE HEAD will hit the road in North America with DETHKLOK, ALL THAT REMAINS and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER beginning October 30.