In a brand new interview with El Cuartel Del Steel, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn spoke concerning the lyrical inspiration for the band’s tenth studio album, “Of Kingdom And Crown”, which will probably be launched on August 26 by way of Nuclear Blast/Imperium Recordings. He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The idea is about in a futuristic wasteland the place the sky is all the time crimson crimson, and it is based mostly round two characters. Character primary is called Ares [pronounced Aries], and he loses the love of his life, Amethyst, and goes on a murderous rampage in opposition to the individuals who killed her. Character quantity two is Eros [pronounced Arrows], who loses his mom to a drug overdose and, in his downward spiral, melancholy, turns into radicalized by this charismatic chief and goes on his personal killing spree and is without doubt one of the individuals who killed Amethyst. And so the lyrics element how their lives intertwine. The opening monitor, ‘Slaughter The Martyr’, is basically… it is the origin story for character primary. He is simply misplaced the love of his life and he is in only a murderous, venomous rampage and revenge is all he is excited about. And so the story unfolds from there.”
As for the way he was impressed by the Japanese anime collection known as “Assault On Titan” for the brand new MACHINE HEAD album, Flynn mentioned: “Once I first began writing the idea, it was a really American story arc: it was good man, dangerous man, good man wins. And I wasn’t connecting to it. It was good, however I could not hook up with it; I could not get any form of emotion out of it. After which my household, my youngsters began watching — I’ve obtained two two teenage boys they usually each began watching a variety of anime over the pandemic. And we have been all locked up anyway and we could not exit.
“I was a complete anime nerd after I was their age — ‘Akira’ and ‘Area [Battleship] Yamato’ and ‘Robotech’ and all these anime collection. So to see them undergo this similar factor, I used to be simply, like, ‘Dude, that is rad.’ And naturally, it is now fashionable and it is tremendous bloody, and it was even higher. So I used to be, like, ‘Let’s watch this collectively. I am going to fucking completely watch this with you.’ So we began watching it. And one of many issues about that individual collection — ‘Assault On Titan’ — the half that impressed me was in that collection there is no such thing as a good or dangerous man; each side consider they’re doing good, however each side are committing evil and atrocities. And that was like a complete lightbulb going off in my head. I used to be, like, ‘Oh, wow. I can perhaps write it like that.’
“So then… right here I’m writing by… Now I am writing by not only one character’s eyes however a polar reverse character’s eyes. And for a man who’s written 9 albums just about solely by my eyes — my experiences; the way in which I see the world — now to should attempt to write by these different characters, it was actually cool,” he added. “It was actually fascinating and it simply made the entire expertise superior.”
Requested if there was any analysis concerned in writing the lyrics for “Of Kingdom And Crown” or if it was all simply in his head, Robb mentioned: “It was simply in my head. Jared [MacEachern, bass/backing vocals] wrote a variety of lyrics too — Jared contributed fairly a little bit of lyrics, and we bounced a variety of concepts off of one another. He got here up with some nice melodies, some nice lyrics. However it actually was nearly always writing and simply constantly waking up… Most of this document was written at three within the morning. [Laughs] I am a complete night time owl — I get up at 3 a.m. virtually each night time and I simply do work or I write or no matter. So I simply would set a timer for 20 minutes and I might simply write something that got here to my thoughts — dumb shit, killer shit. I might simply attempt to make all the pieces rhyme; I might attempt to make a sequence out of it. After which I might simply return to mattress after which get up and take a look at it the following morning after which I might both sing it or attempt to fiddle with it. And I believe simply doing it, form of simply chipping away at it like that every single day, actually helped the story come collectively.”
The follow-up to 2018’s “Catharsis”, “Of Kingdom And Crown” consists of the three songs that have been featured on final 12 months’s “Arrows In Phrases From The Sky” single: “Change into The Firestorm”, “Rotten” and “Arrows In Phrases From The Sky”. A lot of the brand new MACHINE HEAD album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with engineer/producer Zack Ohren.
Again in December 2021, drummer Navene Koperweis (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, ENTHEOS, ANIMOSITY) joined Flynn, MacEachern and Ohren at Sharkbite Studios to jam on the ultimate tracks for “Of Kingdom And Crown” and add some ending touches to the songs.
The colossal idea comes with an inventory of equally colossal packaging for numerous bodily codecs together with 16 completely different worldwide vinyl codecs, deluxe vinyl field set (with bonus tracks),CDs (each old-school longbox and jewel field choices),multi-color cassettes, and a limited-edition digipak with bonus tracks. CDs, digipak, cassettes, and all digital codecs will probably be obtainable on August 26, with all vinyl codecs arriving on November 25.
“Of Kingdom And Crown” monitor itemizing:
01. Slaughter The Martyr
02. Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate
03. Change into The Firestorm
05. My Fingers Are Empty
08. Kill Thy Enemies
09. No Gods, No Masters
13. Arrows In Phrases From The Sky
Digipak CD bonus tracks:
14. Exteroception *
15. Arrows In Phrases From The Sky (acoustic)*
Flynn not too long ago advised Steel Hammer journal concerning the musical course of the brand new MACHINE HEAD materials: “It is just like [2003’s ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’ and 2007’s ‘The Blackening’] in that we’re shifting ahead into one thing contemporary and new but it surely’s obtained that traditional MACHINE HEAD vibe. Now we have lots to ship and expectations are very excessive, so I am fortunate to have nice folks surrounding me. Jared actually stepped up and wrote some nice riffs and nice vocals. Vogg [guitarist Wacław Kiełtyka] contributed a number of concepts and introduced some actually nice songs.”
He continued: “It is fucking heavy, most likely the heaviest we have been in a number of albums. I have been enjoying a lot guitar not too long ago; I do Electrical Completely happy Hours each Friday and typically you play a music you have not performed in 10, 20 years, or undergo a complete album from high to backside. Once we toured ‘Burn My Eyes’, it took me again to the place I used to be writing that music. I do not assume I can ever be in that place once more lyrically, however riff-wise, I believe that each one spilled into this album.”
This previous February, MacEachern advised Primordial Radio about his contributions to MACHINE HEAD‘s new album: “I believe that I used to be very conscious from day one which Robb is the chief, he is the inventive chief, the musical chief… All of us have our inputs however I believe it is all the time understood that in the end the choice is as much as him for the way issues go. However, yeah, I positively made contributions and I really feel nice about these contributions and I am requested about my opinion on sure issues. However, like I mentioned, I am following his lead.”
As for the sound of the brand new MACHINE HEAD LP, Jared mentioned: “It is a fairly — to make use of Robb‘s phrase… I consider he used the phrase ‘colossal’ the opposite day. It is a fairly big-, epic-sounding album. We have been toying round with the order, however I have been listening, sitting down, taking the time to take heed to it all over, and the way in which it goes, it is a journey — a extremely nice, heavy, stunning, melodic, raging, thrashing journey.”
In November 2020, MACHINE HEAD launched a single, “My Fingers Are Empty”, by way of Nuclear Blast. The music marked the primary musical collaboration between Flynn and unique “Burn My Eyes” guitarist Logan Mader in 24 years.
“My Fingers Are Empty” was only one in a line of singles to be launched by MACHINE HEAD, which issued “Do Or Die” in October 2019, “Circle The Drain” in February 2020, and the two-song digital single “Civil Unrest”, consisting of “Cease The Bleeding” and “Bulletproof”, in June 2020. “Cease The Bleeding” featured visitor vocals from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach, and was written and recorded simply days after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
MACHINE HEAD will crew up with Sweden’s Viking metallic overlords AMON AMARTH for a co-headline “Vikings And Lionhearts” European enviornment tour in September and October. Assist on the trek will come from THE HALO EFFECT, the brand new band that includes 5 former members of IN FLAMES: Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, Jesper Strömblad, Niclas Engelin and Mikael Stanne.
“Catharsis” was the ultimate album to function guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, who each left MACHINE HEAD in October 2018.