It wasn't too long ago that Machine Head upset a whole lot of people by postponing their tour, stating that they needed the time to finish their album. Slated to head out on the road with Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross, Machine Head knew it was worth taking the flak for cancelling a tour- the band wanted to get their upcoming album perfect. Why rush it? The band said in a statement:
“It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall. Our new album Bloodstone & Diamonds has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.
We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date.
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So yes, while this news was a bummer, it is safe to say most fans would prefer to have the band give the album its due process so they can then enjoy the fruits of the band's labor on the tours to follow. After all, it's not like Machine Head NEVER tours... They're one of the most road-worthy bands out there! So, fans and Children of Bodom (we're looking at you) let's all just be happy we're gonna likely get a polished, bad ass new Machine Head record from this whole thing!
The upcoming Machine Head album will be called "Bloodstone and Diamonds". With Robb admitting this may be some of their best music so far, the anticipation for the new material is already beginning to mount. Perhaps, most interesting is that Robb and company will be working on the new album with the keyboardist from Bring Me The Horizon: Jordan Fish. According to ThePRP, it seems that Fish may be more involved than was originally thought. While these bands are not the most similar in style, this may end up being one of those musically-awesome collaborations. (Think- when Disturbed's David Draiman produced [?!] the new Trivium album.)
Robb Flynn keeps a series of online journals on the band's Facebook page, and in yesterday's post he chronicled his stay in the legendary Gothenburg, Sweden (home of In Flames and epic Swedish metal) and working on yet another track with Jordan Fish. It was already known that Fish had worked on the strings for a new track with MH called "In Comes the Flood", and now a new song called "Damage Inside".
Don't take it from me however...
“I had room 410 at the Hotel Flora, the artist loft, and every morning (well the crack of 4PM) I woke up it was raining on the patina copper rooftops outside my window. It was a pleasant sound. A church was down the street, and on the hour the bell would toll. It’s a beautiful city and looking out every morning with a gloriously mild hangover, looking at the patina and gold rooftops, listening to the rain, it was inspiring.
I needed to write the lyrics and sing on one last song on the record, a really mellow piece that Dave had written and played guitar on, and that Jordan Fish and I had worked out a keyboard arrangement on. I named this track “Damage Inside.” Our friend Biffen had booked us time the next day at a studio called Top Floor studios, and that morning I woke up, wrote the lyrics on my iPhone notes, a lot of which were what I was experiencing in Gothenburg, the first lines I wrote were:
“The bell tolls on as the rain comes down
On my face the drops they sound
I slowly melt into grey abyss
Depression and her endless kiss”…
I walked over to the studio cross the street from the hotel, and sang the vocals. I free-styled the rest of the lyrics, making it up in the booth. And somehow, after 2 nights of quality raging in Goteborg, my voice had this perfect vodka and cigarette “rasp”, I don’t know if I could have gotten it otherwise. It was exactly how I’d envisioned it, even though I had no idea how was going to end up.
I tried a bunch of different things, until finally something stuck. That’s how music is. You just keep on trying different ideas until they stick. Sometimes it can take months, thankfully this song came together quick. And I knew it would. I had put the song title in the track listing when the final art had already been submitted and printed, even though the song still wasn’t even worked on, but just had a feeling it would come together in the end.
Committing it to the track listing willed it to power. Sometimes just letting something ferment, not thinking about it, but knowing that if you keep it out of your mind long enough, that when you finally do approach it, the ideas are going to come pouring.
And that’s exactly what happened.
In the end, I decided to start the song off acapella, (no music, just a single vocal). It was a first for us, and was a little scary, but in the end it turned out very cool. Way left-field for the album, but something I think is really different. The guitar is all Dave McClain who as you know is more known for his drumming in Machine Head than his guitar playing. It was an MP3 he recorded years ago. We had tried to re-work it a few times, but somehow it was never as cool as the very first pass he did on his laptop. So I just used that lo-res MP3, and added some cool keys, and a cool vocal.”
As far as social media and bands are concerned, this is an awesome use for it! Getting a real-time glimpse into the songwriting process and Rob's creative headspace is something that any music fan can appreciate. Later on, when hearing the final product and getting into the lyrics, fans can get an even more in-depth appreciation of what triggered the inspiration for the writing. Cheers to Robb Flynn for finding good uses for the monster that is social media. Plus, with the infusion of BMTH songwriting/keys, the new Machine Head should definitely have plenty of new layers for fans to sink their teeth into!
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Thanks to Metal Insider and Machine Head's Facebook for the pictures