MACHINE HEAD

Nach über einem Jahr der Dialoge mit verschiedenen Plattenfirmen, haben sich MACHINE HEAD entschieden, bei Nuclear Blast Entertainment (der neuen Tochterfirma von Nuclear Blast Records, geführt von Monte Conner, langjähriger Freund der Band und ehemaliger Roadrunner A&R-Guru) zu unterschreiben. Die Freude in beiden Lagern ist groß. Conner dazu: "I feel incredibly fortunate to say I have signed MACHINE HEAD - for the third time! They wrote one of the greatest metal albums of all-time as their debut and then turned around and beat it 13 years later. MACHINE HEAD have produced some of the best material of their storied career over the course of their last three records, and like a fine wine, they just keep getting better with age. The songwriting in this band is beyond evolved compared to the majority of their peers, and as a lyricist, Robb Flynn is second to none. On the live front, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more commanding and dominating band."

Conner weiter: "Ever since the launch of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, one of my main goals has been to reunite with MACHINE HEAD. I am grateful to MACHINE HEAD for continuing to put their trust in me as well as my new partners at Nuclear Blast, who share my passion for and commitment to the band."

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Diese Paarung bringt eine der größten Metal-Bands der Welt mit einem der größten Metal-Labels der Welt zusammen und sagt eine für beide Seiten fruchtvolle Zukunft voraus. Gitarrist/Sänger Robb Flynn fügt hinzu: "Monte Conner has believed in MACHINE HEAD for 20 years, his belief has never wavered, and we are extremely proud to work alongside him once again. When I visited the Nuclear Blast compounds in both Germany and Los Angeles last year, the vibe and spirit that Markus Staiger, Gerardo Martinez and their respective teams created took me back to the spirit of the old Roadrunner Records days, back when bands like OBITUARY and SEPULTURA were changing the world with their music. Everyone believes, everyone wants it for the right reasons, it's about creating and respecting a culture, about pioneering new ways for people to discover great music."

Nuclear Blast-Gründer/-Besitzer und langjähriger MACHINE HEAD-Supporter Markus Staiger dazu: "There's no doubt that MACHINE HEAD is one of the most influential modern day bands. Just listen to their debut album which still sounds like it's been recorded just a few months ago - sound wise as well as in terms of songwriting! Or check out their recent metal masterpiece »The Blackening« which shows the band is still peaking and is more vital than ever. I've been a huge MACHINE HEAD fan from day one and I've always followed them through all the different stages of their career. So it is a real honor for me to finally be working with them, having them join the Nuclear family and kicking some major ass worldwide for and with MACHINE HEAD! Let freedom ring with a Nuclear Blast!"

MACHINE HEAD werden Ende Oktober ins Studio gehen, um ihr achtes Studioalbum einzuspielen, das Anfang 2014 erscheinen soll. Darauf folgend ist eine umfassende Welttournee geplant.

MACHINE HEADs aktuelles Studioalbum »Unto The Locust« (2011, Info | Shop) stieg auf Platz 22 der amerikanischen Billboard 200 Charts ein – der erste Top25-Einstieg der Bandgeschichte. Und auch in Deutschland konnte mit Platz 5 der höchste Einstieg aller Zeiten verbucht werden. Das Album stellt den Nachfolger des 2007 erschienen, für einen Grammy nominierten Metal-Meilensteins »The Blackening« (Info | Shop) dar, das flächendeckend als eines der besten Metal-Alben der letzten Dekade gefeiert wurde und der Band eine ausgedehnte, dreijährige Welttournee bescherte, während deren Verlauf die Band die Bühne mit solchen Schwergewichten wie SLIPKNOT und METALLICA teilte.