San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have garnered the first Grammy nomination of their career for "Aesthetics of Hate", a monstrous track from the critically hailed album "The Blackening", released in March 2007. The song is nominated for "Best Metal Performance".
"Best Metal Performance" Grammy nominees:
AS I LAY DYING - "Nothing Left"
KING DIAMOND - "Never Ending Hill"
MACHINE HEAD - "Aesthetics Of Hate"
SHADOWS FALL - "Redemption"
SLAYER - "Final Six"
The 50th annual Grammy Awards will be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2007.
"Aesthetics of Hate", an anthemic song built around a firestorm of riffs, was inspired by an article of the same name that appeared on a popular neo-conservative website that addressed the on-stage shooting of legendary PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott by attacking him as an "untalented possessor of a guitar" and his fans as "pathetic and ugly." While "Aesthetics of Hate" isn't about Dimebag per se, it is a mighty metallic reaction to the author's skewed perception of the metal scene.
MACHINE HEAD frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn commented: "We are completely blown away, and honored by this. It's incredible that the anger of this song has connected with so many people. It proves to Dimebag's detractors the positive impact he had on his fans and fellow bands alike."
"Aesthetics of Hate" video: