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Machine Head Announce “Catharsis” World Tour For 2018

Since we’ve been doing some tour announcements for the late Fall and Winter, why not continue the process and get those events that will be launching in the new 2018 year. We recently received some news about the mighty Machine Head who will be doing a headlining tour for the “Catharsis” album so check it out below. I’ll close with some added editorial of course.

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The Press Release:
MACHINE HEAD announce North American tour for upcoming album! San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, have announced the first U.S. tour dates of their world tour in support of their upcoming album, Catharsis.

Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn adds, “It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America, we have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album Catharsis, but now it’s time for MACHINE HEAD to go melt some faces! The reaction to our last “Evening With” tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be “Evening With” and will see us performing 2 1/2 to 3 hours every night with no opening bands.

“We LOVED performing as an Evening With for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but MACHINE HEAD CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!” No festivals period, no 45 minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rain storm, The Head will only be “Headlining”, so come on down and rage!!”

MACHINE HEAD recently wrapped up recording their 9th full-length album with Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. An official release date has yet to be confirmed, but a Jan. 2018 release is expected. More details to follow shortly.

MACHINE HEAD will also be offering an extremely limited number of VIP Packages in 2 tiers.

Gold VIP Tour Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket, Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head, Group Photo w/ Machine Head, Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt, Machine Head Flag, Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard and Early Entry

Platinum “Soundcheck” Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket, Soundcheck Viewing, Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head, Group Photo w/ Machine Head, Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt, Machine Head Flag, Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard and Early Entry

The Tour Dates:
25-Jan: Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
27-Jan: Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
29-Jan: San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
30-Jan: Dallas, TX – Gas Moneky Live!
31-Jan: Houston,TX – HOB
02-Feb: Birmingham, AL – Saturn
03-Feb: Pensacola, FL – Vinyl MH
05-Feb: Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
06-Feb: Atlanta, GA – Centerstage
08-Feb: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
09-Feb: New York, NY – Playstation Theater
10-Feb: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11-Feb: Montreal, QC – Club Soda
13-Feb: Toronto, ON – Danforth MH
14-Feb: Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
15-Feb: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
16-Feb: Cleveland, OH – Agora
17-Feb: Detroit, MI – Majestic
20-Feb: Des Moines, IA – Woolys
21-Feb: Madison, WI – Majestic
22-Feb: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
23-Feb: Chicago, IL – Concord MH
24-Feb: Saint Louis, MO – Pops
27-Feb: Denver, CO – Summit MH
01-Mar: Las Vegas, NV – HOB
02-Mar: Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
03-Mar: Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
05-Mar: Portland, OR – Roseland
06-Mar: Vancouver, BC – Commodore
07-Mar: Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

MACHINE HEAD wrapped up the touring cycle for their first Nuclear Blast Entertainment album Bloodstone & Diamonds in March 2016 with a whopping 283 concerts on 5 different continents around the world. Around 250 of those shows were performed as “An Evening With MACHINE HEAD” with no support bands and performances often lasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours in duration, much to their fans (called “Head Cases”) delight.

Three tours of the United States (with many dates sold out in advance), three tours of The U.K. / Europe, (including multiple dates in Russia and Greece), shows in Mexico and South America, a completely sold out run of 9 Australian / New Zealand shows, sold out dates in Japan, plus their first ever plays in Taiwan and Thailand, and all without any festival performances which the band publicly announced they would stop performing at in 2014.

Bloodstone & Diamonds debuted at #21 on the U.S. Billboard charts and has gone on to sell 285,000 copies worldwide.

MACHINE HEAD’s latest track “Is There Anybody Out There?” released as a stand-alone, digital-only, non-album release became their #2 most streamed song ever on Spotify with 9 million streams in less than a year, and cracked the Top 40 on the Active Rock chart in the United States. It marks the first time for any Nuclear Blast artist to enter what is widely considered to be the “official rock chart” for the United States, and is significant considering there was no physical track sent to retail. Their controversial video for opening track “Now We Die” is at over 2 million views and can be seen below:
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten to see the band Machine Head here at the Metal Command HQ and it’s not a matter of disinterest and instead more of a scheduling thing. With a city like NYC you cannot be everywhere so I am making down our own regional show at the PST so I can hopefully be a part of the mayhem. Times Square doesn’t know what its in for with this one. What about you readers? What do you think of this returning headlining tour? Will you participate? Tell me down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.MACHINEHEAD1.com

Machine Head @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (9/22/2007)

Machinehead had been winning people over with “The Blackening”, a smoldering new CD that delivered on all counts and as part of the “Black Tyranny” Tour would embark on a journey that paired them up with Arch Enemy. Throwdown and Sanctity were there in addition to us and should you want to learn more just click the logo below to see our item on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

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Artist: Machine Head & Arch Enemy
Venue: Nokia Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Throwdown, Sanctity
Date: 9/22/2007
Label: Roadrunner Records

It was called “The Black Tyranny” Tour and it would find two powerhouses in today’s Metal world sharing a co-headlining bill. This blockbuster tour de force brought the ferocity of Arch Enemy and Machinehead together and both would be supported by Metal up and comers Sanctity and Hardcore stars Throwdown. The nomme de guerre of the tour would be a combination of each headlining bands newest album titles as Arch Enemy’s “Age Of Tyranny” was melded with Machine Head’s “The Blackening” to become one formidable phrase.
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“The Blackening” by Machine Head

Artist: Machine Head
Title: “The Blackening”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 3/26/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

I remembered the first time that I heard Machinehead I had felt that they were a little too brutal for my tastes, but at the time I had been experiencing a slight Metal lameness. It’s on this frame of mind that I am choosing to blame my absolute lack of experience in the overall quality of the group. When “The Blackening” arrived and I spun it once around the changer I found myself almost finding something new and exciting once again. For a band that had been around for some time, there was a good chance that others would find this a new feeling as well based on some of what was happening on the new release. From first track to last, the new CD by these guys is an absolute cruncher of Metal and for the first time we find the band delving into some new territory by expanding the brutality with lengthy tracks. Let’s use the opening number for example with “Clenching The Fists Of Dissent” they clock in at almost nine minutes and while that is dangerously close to that of any top notch Progressive Band, they have not given us any long-winded experimental musical forays. Don’t get me wrong, in Prog its great but Metal it’s a risk. It’s thunderous drumming, on top of thrashing riffs and some seriously angry vocals all around here.
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Lamb Of God @ Roseland Ballroom (3/22/2007)

Lamb Of God are wisely considered leaders in the NWOAHM, that’s “The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” if you didn’t know and this show at Roseland Ballroom would be an excellent one. The sold out show featured the might of bands like Machinehead, Trivium and Gojira as their direct support and we made sure to document and photograph everyone on the stage. If you want to learn more about this smoking gig, just scroll down to be brought to our item on PiercingMetal.com

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Artist: Lamb Of God
Venue: Roseland Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Trivium, Machinehead, Gojira
Date: 3/25/2007
Label: Epic Records

There are few shows that you walk into beforehand knowing that it will be an absolutely intense experience and I think this was definitely one of them. The return of Lamb Of God with the supporting lineup that they assembled was something that Metal fans would be talking about for a long time. We last caught LoG on Gigantour, the Megadeth shred-fest that offered fans a one stop shop for the newest heavy hitters in Metal and a place where some serious axe work was dished out. What’s great about seeing Lamb Of God is watching their meteoric rise to the top of the Metal mountain. I first saw them with Slipknot a couple of years ago then started listening more to their music. Caught them on Sounds Of The Underground where they headlined and then on the Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer (whew, talk about heavy). Each event was bigger in scope and reached more acolytes to their cause. Tonight at the bands headlining appearance in New York City we would see why they are so important to the genre. Here’s how I remember it.
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