Machine Head to unleash brand new track Locust preview available

Bay Area metal titans, Machine Head are to release an advance mix of a brand new track, ‘Locust’. The track is being released as a special exclusive iTunes promotion on 14th June in the US, to tie in with the band’s slot on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicks off in San Bernardino, CA on 9th July. The track will then be available to buy from all good UK online retailers from 19th June. Listen to the preview below:

The band will follow this taster with their long-awaited new studio album on September 26th. The as-yet untitled opus is being recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland, with frontman Robb Flynn producing. This, their seventh studio release, follows in the wake of the band’s most critically acclaimed ‘masterwork’, ‘The Blackening’, which picked up numerous ‘Album of the Year’ awards and arguably considered their best to date.

“We’ve been working on the record for a few weeks now, and when the opportunity to be a part of the free Mayhem sampler came up, we did not want to pass up the chance,” said Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “We’re so pumped for our fans to hear the new music that we’re so proud of.”

Flynn went a little deeper about the meaning of the song, saying, “‘Locust’ is a metaphor. Locusts fly in a swarm, but they can’t control which direction they fly; they float on the wind, they land, cause massive destruction, and then float away on the wind to leave you in the aftermath. The song is a metaphor for a type of person that sometimes comes into your life and has a similar effect.”

Musically, the song is the essence of what Machine Head have been doing for nearly two decades. “It feels like the culmination of what we’ve been doing for the last 17 years: power grooves, patented Machine Head harmonics, crushing guitars and dark melodies, but taken to a new level,” Flynn said. “It’s a natural progression from The Blackening, but different than anything on that record. In the past, when we debuted a new song, it was usually the fastest, thrashiest tune. This time we wanted to go with something just straight-up heavy.”

‘Locust’ is eight minutes in length, which is not unfamiliar territory for the band. Flynn even joked, “We still can’t seem to write a damn song under six minutes. But Machine Head aren’t writing music for the radio or MTV. This is for us. This is for the metalhead who lets music take him on a journey. This for the metalhead for whom music is the only thing that matters, to whom music is a saviour. The music fan who’s going to study every detail of the artwork, go online and find the lyrics and memorize every word, and let it take them away from their fucked up life for a while. It’s for the music freak, who maybe just wants to get hammered, air-guitar and sing at the top of his lungs, and act like an friggin’ idiot while starting a moshpit in their living room with reckless abandon. Because that’s who wrote this song, and that is the only people we care about connecting with.”

Flynn finished, “We know you’ll be as excited about it as we are, so Head Cases, on June 14th, check out ‘Locust.'”

Machine Head have ridden a wave of incredible success over the last ten years and one that is certain to carry them through this new decade. They were nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance – their first – for “Aesthetics of Hate” from The Blackening, were invited to tour with Metallica in the US and Europe and also joined Slipknot, Slayer and Megadeth on tour.


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