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Machine Head photo 2007
from left: Adam Duce, Robert Flynn, Phil Demmel & Dave McClain

Machine Head Biography

Machine Head formed in 1992 in Oakland, California USA, with Robert Flynn on vocals+guitar, Logan Mader on guitar, Adam Duce on bass and Chris Kontos on drums. The band's first demo was a very rough estimation of their sound, a combination of the aggression of Metal and Punk and the social anger of urban-Rap, intertwined with hypnotic Alice In Chains-esque vocal harmonies. It was this demo that eventually made it into the hands of Roadrunner Records.

Their groundbreaking debut album, "Burn My Eyes", was released in August 1994; critical praise overseas, combined with 17 months of non-stop touring, including 5 months with Slayer, a U.S. headline tour that had them booked at every pool hall, strip bar and club in America, a European headline tour and a successful first-ever 9-date tour of Japan and Australia. "Burn My Eyes" sold just under 100,000 in the U.S., and over 400,000 copies worldwide, becoming the biggest-selling debut artist on Roadrunner Records at the time.
The band re-entered the studio with new drummer Dave McClain joining the ranks and in March 1997 the quartet churned out "The More Things Change", an album that charged out of the gate full-bore, overflowing with raw anger and power; it reached #138 on The Billboard Top 200 chart. Unfortunately, the band's dependence on alcohol and drugs began to get the best of them. Mader became increasingly paranoid and believing the CIA was spying on him, quit the group; the lead guitarist was subsequently replaced by Ahrue Luster. Flynn would enter therapy soon afterward to deal with his own problems.
When the Bay Area Metal masters resurfaced in August 1999 with their third effort, listeners once again took notice of the music; sonically similar although a bit looser and less constricted than their first couple of albums, "The Burning Red" allowed Machine Head to expand its fan base outside of the Metal genre in the U.S., gaining commercial airplay for the single "From This Day". The album peaked at #88 on The Billboard 200 chart selling 400,000 copies worldwide.
While 2001's "Supercharger" would produce such live concert favorites as "Bulldozer" and "Trephination", a fact solidly reinforced on their follow-up live album "Hellalive", as well as appearances in Korea and Australia supporting Slayer, a slot at Japan's Beast Feast festival supporting Pantera and two U.S. headlining tours, both the band and fans alike felt that Machine Head could push themselves harder, challenging themselves to forge something that was once again fresh and innovative.
With that, the band headed back into the studio in June 2003 with new guitarist Phil Demmel a part of the family and Flynn in the producer's chair alone for the first time; hailed by critics and fans as a Metal masterpiece, "Through The Ashes Of Empires" went on to become the second best selling record for Roadrunner Records Europe that year. Six months later, in the Spring of 2004, the album saw its U.S. release, also via Roadrunner. The album debuted at #88 on The Billboard Top 200 chart.

Machine Head issued their sixth studio album, "The Blackening", in March 2007; the set, which contained the Metal radio hit single "Now I Lay Thee Down", reached #54 on The Billboard 200.

The band resurfaced in September 2011 with the release of their U.S. most well-received album to date, it peaked at #22 on The Billboard 200 and generated the Active Rock top 40 hit "Darkness Within".


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    The band line-up 1999