San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will play a one-off headlining show on Sunday, May 13 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Rex Theater with BLACKMARKET BODYPARTS and TYRANT. In contrast to MACHINE HEAD's current slot on the HEAVEN AND HELL tour, the band will be playing a full set, so be sure to catch this show if you're in the area.
A five-minute video interview with MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, conducted in February 2007 by "Capital Chaos" on the band's tour bus outside Senator Theater in Chico, California, has been posted at YouTube.
The full-length, uncensored version of MACHINE HEAD's new video, "Aesthetics of Hate", is now available on the "Media" page of the band's official web site. Alternately, it can be downloaded at this location (Flash Video file, 22 MB). Directed by Mike Sloat, the clip is the first from MACHINE HEAD's new album, "The Blackening", in stores now. The track was inspired by an article called "Aesthetics of Hate: R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott, & Good Riddance". The article, written by William Grim for the conservative web site the Iconoclast, basically kicked fans of the slain PANTERA guitarist while they were down, just days after he was killed onstage. The song is a "fuck you" to Grim, from MACHINE HEAD mainman Robert Flynn.
"The Blackening" was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn returning to the producer's chair, and Mark Keaton once again handling engineering duties. Longtime MACHINE HEAD collaborator Colin Richardson (CANNIBAL CORPSE, TRIVIUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) mixed the record in London.