Can you believe Machine Head has been around for the last 23 years?! The line up has changed quite a few times, leaving front man/ guitarist, Robb Flynn as the last remaining original member. Joined by Phil Demmel on guitar / back up vocals, Dave McClain on drums, and recently replacing Adam Duce, as their newest bass player, Jared MacEachem (from Sanctity). Bloodstones And Diamonds will be the 8th album to date, released this past August 2014.
This record just proves it self to be a very technical and groovy piece. The opening song, which currently seems to be a pretty popular hit right now on the local radio station, Now We Die starts the album off strong. I honestly had to listen to the whole CD several times in order to decide if I liked the rest of the songs as much. I truly feel like there is no other possible way to describe the album in its entirety other than purely and epicly chaotic! Each and every one of these songs have such a different style to them, but it is still pretty catchy- and I DO like it! Robb‘s vocals range from clean to dirty, raspy death growls, all the while harmonizing with instrumental elements simply make the album. This dynamic style really does keep you on your toes!
For example; Eye of the Dead is a real sadistic roller coaster of emotion. The mix of thrash/ groove/ with a sense of rock and roll brings Bloodstones And Diamonds to a very progressive theme – almost as if it were a soundtrack to a bad ass movie! The album art also speaks for itself, as it is just as dark and intricate as the record. I cant help but listen to it over and over again.
Machine Head literally just kicked off their tour in Stockholm Sweden, December 1st and will be starting their North America portion right here in Mesa, Arizona at the new Club Red, January 16th 2015.
Machine Head North American Tour 2015
1/16/2015 @– Club Red- Phoenix, Ariz.
1/18/2015 @ – Top Deck- Farmington, N.M.
1/20/2015 @ – Red 7- Austin, Texas
1/21/2015 @ – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill-Dallas, Texas
1/22/2015 @ – Fitzgeralds- Houston,Texas
1/23/2015 @ – House of Blues- New Orleans, La.
1/25/2015 @ – Masquerade- Atlanta, Ga.
1/26/2015 @ – Orange Peel- Asheville, N.C.
1/28/2015 @ – Soundstage- Baltimore, Md.
1/29/2015@ – Underground Arts- Philadelphia. Pa.
1/30/2015 @ – Irving Plaza- New York, N.Y.
1/31/2015 @ – Brighton Music Hall- Allston, Mass.
2/3/2015 @ – Corona Theater- Montreal, Quebec
2/4/2015 @ – Phoenix Concert Theater-Toronto, Ontario
2/5/2015 @ – Town Ballroom- Buffalo, N.Y.
2/7/2015 @ – Mr Smalls- Pittsburgh, Pa.
2/8/2015 @ – Agora Ballroom- Cleveland, Ohio
2/9/2015 @ – The Crofoot Ballroom- Pontiac, Mich.
2/10/2015 @ – House of Blues- Chicago, Ill.
2/11/2015 @ – Wooly’s-Des Moines, Iowa
2/12/2015 @ – High Noon Saloon- Madison, Wisc.
2/13/2015 @ – Mill City Nights- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
2/14/2015 @– Fubar- St Louis, Mo.
2/15/2015 @ – RiotRoom – Kansas City, Mo.
2/17/2015 @ – Summit Music Hal- Denver, Colo. l
2/19/2015 @ – Vinyl / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- Las Vegas, Nev.
2/21/2015 @ – Regency Center Grand Ballroom- San Francisco, Calif.
2/24/2015 @ – Neumos- Seattle, Wash.
2/25/2015 @ – Rickshaw-Vancouver, British Columbia
2/27/2015 @ – Flames Central- Calgary, Alberta
2/28/2015 @ – Union Hall- Edmonton, Alberta
3/1/2015 @ – Obrian’s Event Centre- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3/2/2015 @ – Garrick Centre- Winnipeg, Manitoba
3/4/2015 @ – The Original -Minot, N.D.
3/6/2015 @– Stage 112- Missoula, Mont.
3/7/2015 @ – Knitting Factory- Boise, Idaho
Now We Die
Killers & Kings
Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
Night of Long Knives
Sail into the Black
Eyes of the Dead
Beneath the Slit
In Comes the Flood
Take Me Through the Fire
Genre:Thrash Metal/ GrooveMetal
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
Play time: 70 minutes
Robb Flynn – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Phil Demmel – Guitar / Back up vocals
Jared MacEachem- Bass / Back up Vocals
Dave McClain – Drums