MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"What's up fuckers?!! Thought I'd take a minute to fill you all in on what we've been up to this week.
"So Kerrang! magazine is doing a tribute to METALLICA's 'Master of Puppets' — being that it's the 20th anniversary of one of the most kick-ass and influential albums in metal history — where they'll have a different band covering each song from the album, and they asked MACHINE HEAD to be a part of it. We happily accepted, and chose 'Battery' as the song we'd like to cover.
"'Master of Puppets' is an album that we all hold in very high regard. Even at the ripe age of 20, it's still a mainstay of our music 'rotation' backstage before shows and while getting drunk afterward, so we really wanted to do the song justice and play it as close to the original version as possible.
"Me, I have to give it up to Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer]... I know he seems to be everyone's whipping boy these days but, learning the tune (not that I didn't respect him before) was not only a lot of fun, but quite a learning experience too. Some of the shit he does is so off the wall and outside the norms of conventional drumming... think I'll have to be stealing some of that for the new album!
"Anyway, I think I can speak for the whole band when I say that learning this tune together really sparked a new fire in all of us to continue to challenge ourselves as musicians on this new album. Stay tuned for some exclusive video of the recording session too!!"
MACHINE HEAD had previously recorded a cover of METALLICA's "Battery" in 2003 as part of a poll they conducted where they asked the members of the group's official forum to list three songs that they would like to hear MACHINE HEAD cover, after which the band picked the 10 most interesting requests they felt they could do justice to. All of the forum members then voted on the final three, with the most-requested entries being given the "MACHINE HEAD treatment." In addition to "Battery", MACHINE HEAD covered FAITH NO MORE's "Jizzlobber" and EXODUS' "Toxic Waltz". None of the recordings were officially released.