On April 19th – Record Store Day – MACHINE HEAD will be releasing a 10 inch vinyl single with the A-side containing the “demo” version of a new song, ‘Killers & Kings’. The B-side will be a cover version of ‘Our Darkest Days’ by “one of their favourite bands” IGNITE. Machine Head has now revealed the Killers & Kings artwork, the first of four tarot cards:
A short clip of drummer Dave McClain, guitarist Phil Demmel, and bassist Jared MacEachern laying down backing vocals for ‘Our Darkest Days’ is streaming below:
“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” says Machine Head vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn.
“You searched them out, thankfully my buddy Jim was a big tape trader, and through trading we had both METALLICA demos, EXODUS demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes years before they came out. I knew how to play every note of ‘Pleasure Of The Flesh’ by Exodus, easily two years before the record was out. I had SLAYER’s Reign In Blood three months before it came out. I remember it still had the hi-hat counts starting the songs! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, (the demo was always better, lol) It’s so much cooler to hear it before the album is out! So we’re gonna do that for you. I can’t wait for you guys to hear this stuff. Then you can debate it, ha ha!”
Flynn has also provided a progress report on his band’s upcoming eighth studio album:
“The new stuff is turning out better than anyone expected, we had a breakthrough. We had ‘the’ breakthrough, with the song formerly-known-as ‘Back From The Grave’. I’d been working with the string section that played on ‘Locust’, QUARTET ROGUE, as well as multi-instrumentalist / keyboardist Rhys Fulber, and to quote Lars Ulrich (who was actually quoting Robert Trujillo), ‘we’re on some next level shit! With that one song getting finished I could totally see where the whole record is going. It opened up before my eyes. Nothing short of exciting! So that’s the latest and greatest in Machine Head-land. Everything here is full speed ahead and we can’t wait to reward the faithful with new music and everything else that comes along with it!”