Machine Head break up

2018-09-28 by DatsNotDaMetulz | 147 Comments
Earlier this evening (Friday 28 September), Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn posted a live video on the band's Facebook page unannounced. In it he announced that guitarist Phil Demmel, who had been in the band since 2004, had quit the band on Wednesday, with drummer Dave McClain, who had been in the band since 1995, leaving the next day. While Jared's stance on the band was unknown, Robb confirmed that these departures signalled the end of Machine Head.

Rather than cancel the upcoming tour, the band members have agreed to commit to the coming live shows, which will now serve as a farewell tour. No other information has been released.

Watch the video here:
https://tinyurl.com/MHSplit

Tagged: Machine Head

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DatsNotDaMetulz
September 28th 2018
3795 Comments


Tidied the article up a bit.

Toondude10
September 28th 2018
13659 Comments


"And with this now we die"

Seriously though, sad to see them go

Digging: Dream Theater - Distance Over Time

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 28th 2018
3795 Comments


Had to use a tinyurl cos the actual link is long af

Casavir
September 28th 2018
3093 Comments


lmao

JeetJeet
September 28th 2018
6092 Comments


After that last album it was about time they thought about hanging it up.

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Casavir
September 28th 2018
3093 Comments


I just love how it took an album this bad in order to do it.

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


well at least they went out on a high note

Toondude10
September 28th 2018
13659 Comments


eehh more like an above average note imo

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


I was trying to be ironic

bloc
September 28th 2018
54444 Comments


Middle finger in the air in honor of our fallen hero

Digging: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is

Darius the Great
September 28th 2018
19762 Comments


wow what a tragic loss

necropig
September 28th 2018
5103 Comments


Good

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ChaoticVortex
September 28th 2018
736 Comments


Robb probably told them that they should play Bastards on every concert, to which Phill and the other said "Hell no!".

Jokes aside, this makes me sad. The Blackening and Locust were fantastic, and even after that turd they dropped earlier this year I was hoping that they might go back to that direction.

Rowhaus
September 28th 2018
2071 Comments


other guys prolly got sick of Robb

Digging: Techno Animal - Ghosts

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 28th 2018
3795 Comments


You could tell there were some issues coming to surface when Phil posted earlier this year about how he's not allowed to do press.

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


Rob probably showed them his idea for new matching outfits for the next album cycle.

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 28th 2018
3795 Comments


One last song called Machine Head Are Machine Dead

BigBlob
September 28th 2018
4578 Comments


oh well

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 28th 2018
8711 Comments


It's better to burn out than fade away

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2018
24794 Comments


I'm glad I saw on the "Evening w/Machine Head" tour earlier this year. I would have many regrets I had never gotten so them live.

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FatalHybrid
September 28th 2018
47 Comments


Machine Head are one of my all-time favourite bands, but this is likely for the best.

WretchedCacophony
September 28th 2018
1018 Comments


thank god because that band fucking blows lol.

wakeupdead
September 28th 2018
2229 Comments


In the video Robb said the bass player decided he’s not leaving the band this morning, Machine Head isn’t breaking up. Just Phil and Dave leaving the band. Sounds like Robb is just gonna be taking some time to re-evaluate the band and weigh his options. Maybe Machine Head will come back with a new lineup or maybe not but when he said “let’s make it a celebration” he was talking anoht Phil and Dave’s time with the band not the band ending.

Casavir
September 28th 2018
3093 Comments


Nah, they should disband.

FearThyEvil
September 28th 2018
16749 Comments


Had some dope albums here and there. Sucks to see em go

XingKing
September 28th 2018
14427 Comments


That video is ten minutes of rambling and it's so hard to tell what is actually happening

sonictheplumber
September 28th 2018
10076 Comments


Good

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


Losing Phil is a huge blow, good luck replacing him.

deezer666
September 28th 2018
3941 Comments


Should have disbanded 20 years ago

Digging: Yugen Blakrok - Anima Mysterium

Minushuman24
September 28th 2018
2051 Comments


oh shit, didn't see this coming.
Haven't payed much attention to them since Unto the Locust, but that one and The Blackening fucking slayed

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2018
10471 Comments


wow I totally missed that 2 avg. for their last album lmao

RIP tho, haven't really listened to them for a while but they've had their share of bangers, especially The Blackening.

tigersbrokefree
September 28th 2018
223 Comments


RIP, used to be good.

DominionMM1
September 28th 2018
17754 Comments


now flynn will have more time to advocate for social justice

MoosechriS
September 28th 2018
6352 Comments


Well this fucking sucks.

Hellscythe
September 28th 2018
3244 Comments


I liked them but nah it's probably for the best

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Neonghostwolf
September 28th 2018
3 Comments


This was big suprise for me , well last album was not good at all

SandorClegane
September 28th 2018
222 Comments


green to red

dunnope
September 28th 2018
27 Comments


I walk from my machine

sonictheplumber
September 28th 2018
10076 Comments


always crap

dharqness
September 28th 2018
7 Comments


Thank god. Bring back Vio-Lence

Kaiwaz
September 28th 2018
8737 Comments


it's about time

Digging: Slowdive - Souvlaki

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


Harsh. I thought you'd be more bummed since you're been a champion of their lesser loved records.

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


MAGA

Sinternet
September 28th 2018
18595 Comments


and nothing of value was lost

Digging: Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


get help ghost

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


and go fuck yourself sinternet you traitor

Kaiwaz
September 28th 2018
8737 Comments


"Harsh. I thought you'd be more bummed since you're been a champion of their lesser loved records."

I honestly think they are sick of Robb. It was a mutual abandonment, imho.

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


Hey don't take it out on Sinternet for being the messenger.

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


I agree, it's probably for the best at this point but I still thought you would express more emotion dewd. And fuck the messenger, this is Sparta.

Darius the Great
September 28th 2018
19762 Comments


robb is pretty insufferable

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


Joke's on you, Sint is too fat to fall down the Sparta pit. You think you're gonna kill him like that? Nope, just minorly inconvenience him.

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


I don't care if she doesn't fit through the pit, she'll get the message goddamn it. We'll pull her ass out like Winnie the Pooh.

Sinternet
September 28th 2018
18595 Comments


i object to being called fat

chug73
September 28th 2018
3794 Comments


fat cunt

chug73
September 28th 2018
3794 Comments


Also, Rob is such a try hard, he thinks he's so metal and this really down to earth rock dude.
Poser.
Their last album was cringe as shit

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


you're a mindless fat cunt sinternet just own it like the bigger person :P

artiswar
September 28th 2018
6473 Comments


I worship yer mean meat curtains if that helps

Source
September 28th 2018
8675 Comments


And nothing of value was lost today

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RippingCorpse1986
September 28th 2018
3015 Comments


The moment I saw this news article, I thought that Thrust guy was gonna post about making a tribute to this band by tattooing all the lyrics of Catharsis on his back.

Reading this thread, I'm disappointed...

Flugmorph
September 28th 2018
20681 Comments


damni commend them for finishing the tour but i cant help but find this hilarious 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

Source
September 28th 2018
8675 Comments


Do i detect some Cynic-level drama going on here

bigguytoo9
September 28th 2018
546 Comments


Good Riddance.

Panzerchrist
September 28th 2018
404 Comments


Thank god. Bring back Vio-Lence (X2)

Grimlin
September 28th 2018
1226 Comments


No biggie. Burn My Eyes was the only thing remotely worth a damn.

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


That's like, not even close to true but you go 'head and do you booboo.

Source
September 28th 2018
8675 Comments


The More Things Change is dece

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


If you don't like The Blackening you don't like music.

KevinKC
September 28th 2018
848 Comments


I think this is one of the most disrespectful "band disbands" thread I've ever read. Usually it takes ten to fifteen years of bad albums for people on sputnik to dare say something like "to be honest, it was about time."

6 out of 9 Machine Head albums have an average above 3.5. Last album was a mistep but the band had been solid since 2003.



Source
September 28th 2018
8675 Comments


I don't like the Blackening but i like music. Help?

GhostB1rd
September 28th 2018
2623 Comments


No.

Casavir
September 28th 2018
3093 Comments


The Blackening is trash-tier.

chug73
September 28th 2018
3794 Comments


It's probably one of the most overrated modern metal albums.
Sorry, but Machine Head just weren't that good.

Casavir
September 28th 2018
3093 Comments


The fact that The Blackening got that much praise but Lurking Fear didn't is ridiculous.

GhostB1rd
September 29th 2018
2623 Comments


This is a music appreciation site not a place for you all to posit conspiracy theories.

MyDixieRekt
September 29th 2018
348 Comments


This band sucks so much Robb Flynn bought a vacuum to suck out his teenage angst and put it on an album in his 50's. Last time I checked, dudes with tattoos and tongue rings don't clean the house. That's for bitches.

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Casavir
September 29th 2018
3093 Comments


"This is a music appreciation site not a place for you all to posit conspiracy theories."

Like what?

Kaiwaz
September 29th 2018
8737 Comments


lmfao dixie ahahahahhahahaa

Flugmorph
September 29th 2018
20681 Comments


rekt

Sinternet
September 29th 2018
18595 Comments


im like 160 lbs art don't harass me like that or i'll go anorexic

GhostB1rd
September 29th 2018
2623 Comments


Shut up you're like 5'2" that's still fat.

Sinternet
September 29th 2018
18595 Comments


still taller than ben shapiro

Flugmorph
September 29th 2018
20681 Comments


but ben has one hell of a developed chin tho

lupot
September 29th 2018
32 Comments


Reunite Vio-Lence ffs

MyDixieRekt
September 29th 2018
348 Comments


Maybe there will be a reunion later on, like Robb covering some Eminem songs circa 2018.

Flugmorph
September 29th 2018
20681 Comments


sounds rad to me

GhostB1rd
September 29th 2018
2623 Comments


Ben Shapiro is 34 years old and is still in childhood.

swipenet
September 29th 2018
2927 Comments


Damnit, my nigga Robb done goofed again

GhostB1rd
September 29th 2018
2623 Comments


I like when he drops hard Rs in his songs and everyone's like "What did he just say?"

swipenet
September 29th 2018
2927 Comments


SLANDEROUS

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2018
15087 Comments


I might have missed it, but I didn't hear him say once Machine Head is finished. I heard this:

"the tour is still going to go on. we've all agreed to make this a celebration of our music and this 'era' of the band."

To me, it just sounds like there'll be a line up change. This is just coining in on the tour with its current members.



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Source
September 29th 2018
8675 Comments


Wouldn't be surprised

XingKing
September 29th 2018
14427 Comments


The problem is that it's being called the Farewell Tour. If it's only called that to bid two of the members goodbye, that's a stupid fucking title.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 29th 2018
8711 Comments


they probably use the title to sell more tickets

XingKing
September 29th 2018
14427 Comments


I was thinking the same thing but I really hope that's not the case

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2018
15087 Comments


all i'm sayin is watch this space. he's obviously picked his words very carefully in that video and there's nothing to indicate the band/brand name is finished. I reckon flynn and the other guy will just continue on after the tour and call it a "new era".

then again, i'm a cynical bastard. so who knows

BigBlob
September 29th 2018
4578 Comments


add this news article to the conspiracy thread

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2018
8195 Comments


Band had its fair share of highs and lows, but judging from the departure of critical members, last album must have been a failure of epic proportions.

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Coldplaz
September 29th 2018
77 Comments


#GetWokeGoBroke

anarchistfish
September 29th 2018
26816 Comments


"The problem is that it's being called the Farewell Tour. If it's only called that to bid two of the members goodbye, that's a stupid fucking title."

the way i understood it is that all the band members stay for the tour..and machine head breaks up after the tour...

Toondude10
September 29th 2018
13659 Comments


Seems that Flynn just retracted his statement, Jared's decided to stay and it's basically going to be a new lineup.

I'll give credit to Flynn on his honesty, he's at least admitting that it's pretty much his fault.

rodrigo90
September 29th 2018
5158 Comments


I'm praying that the next band won't be fear factory

GoingHamlet
September 29th 2018
1 Comments


Pretty sure Flynn just said that this is the end of this "era" of Machine Head, its a farewell for this incarnation, but he intends to carry on at a later time.

DavidShaw1213
September 29th 2018
209 Comments


Too bad. I'm sure a lot of it went down to artistic direction. I have a hard time believing the other guys got into the politics as much as Rob. Saw them once a couple years ago and they're coming to my city again in a month or so. Not sure if I should go now though. Seems kinda depressing when you know they're just passing time till the end.

PumpBoffBag
September 29th 2018
935 Comments


Band hasn’t been my bag for quite a while now. Still, this is defo a loss.

Ikarus14
September 29th 2018
1247 Comments


Yikes, that sucks. Very unfortunate but that's life I suppose.

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navidahmed
September 29th 2018
12 Comments


They have a strange discography. Masterpiece albums ( Burn my eyes, blackening) , Awesome albums (through the ashes, unto the locust) and absolutely pathetic albums ( burning red, catharsis)

It looks like two different bands release the albums with same members.

Casavir
September 29th 2018
3093 Comments


"Masterpiece albums ( Burn my eyes, blackening)"

Yeah, no.

swipenet
September 29th 2018
2927 Comments


We can have our opinions k, let freedom ring with a shotgun blast

vermillionZ
September 29th 2018
192 Comments


Never understood what's supposed to be so ridiculously good about "The Blackening", it's a good record but nothing too special in my eyes. I enjoyed "Unto the Locust" much more personally.

Anyways, not sure how I feel about this. They had some great stuff but looking at the last album it's probably for their own good.

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artiswar
September 29th 2018
6473 Comments


The Blackening was off-the-charts amazing, mostly thanks to Phil.

MyDixieRekt
September 29th 2018
348 Comments


band sucks

chug73
September 29th 2018
3794 Comments


The Blackening was not that good, I have never understood the freaking hype people have for it. It was just machine head with better-than-normal production.

Unto the Locust was a decent album tho

GhostB1rd
September 29th 2018
2623 Comments


You're clinically retarded if you think The Blackening didn't riff harder than almost any album that came out that year.

Casavir
September 29th 2018
3093 Comments


"You're clinically retarded if you think The Blackening didn't riff harder than almost any album that came out that year."

About 75% of that album is crappy groove riffing and Mekong Delta's Lurking Fear rendered Machine Head's attempts entirely irrelevant anyway.

artiswar
September 29th 2018
6473 Comments


I've never understood people who didn't understand how good The Blackening was.

furyroad97
September 29th 2018
524 Comments


Cool to hear they might still go on. Unless they drop another record like Catharsis or Supercharger.

Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

gordodustin
September 30th 2018
257 Comments


They should've broke up a decade ago.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 30th 2018
8711 Comments


Locust > blackening

rockandmetaljunkie
September 30th 2018
7747 Comments


a decision that should have been a long time ago

rockandmetaljunkie
September 30th 2018
7747 Comments


to be fair though, the departure of 2 members doesn't necessarily signify the end of the band, that is, until an official announcement is made

Thalassic
September 30th 2018
2527 Comments


The Blackening riffs hard yeah. Maybe it's groove-riffing, but it's some of the greatest groove-riffing in the business

chug73
September 30th 2018
3794 Comments


Blackening/Locust debate aside, the rest of their discography just didn't hold up.

Thalassic
September 30th 2018
2527 Comments


Burn My Eyes, The More Things Change (divisive album, but I like it a whole lot) and The Blackening are all great for the respective sound they want to create.
The rest of their discography suffers either from staleness or at worst just plain suckage

IMHO of course

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


Yeah the first 2 records slay. TMTC is damn underrated. I'd also argue that Bloodstone was a pretty damn good album.

Toondude10
September 30th 2018
13659 Comments


Bloodstone is actually my favorite, but Blackening is a very close second

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


Empires was kind of bad but it had some amazing songs in the first half.

Thalassic
September 30th 2018
2527 Comments


The best song on Empires was the bonus track Seasons Wither

GhostB1rd
September 30th 2018
2623 Comments


HEAR ME NOW



Thalassic
September 30th 2018
2527 Comments


^ Good song, one of the only ones I can jam from that album

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


Elegy and Bite The Bullet are my personal faves from that one. And of course Imperium, In The Presence Of My Enemies and Descend The Shades.

vermillionZ
September 30th 2018
192 Comments


I always felt like Bloodstone and Diamonds sounds like Slipknot, never liked that album.

bloc
September 30th 2018
54444 Comments


Rob needs to put out a solo album called The Whitening in hopes that Colgate or Crest pick up the lead single for their toothpaste commercials

OllieS
September 30th 2018
2152 Comments


just re-listened to some of The Blackening to see if it was as terrible as I remembered it. It was. Shit band.

Digging: Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold

BenThatsMyJamin
September 30th 2018
2347 Comments


Ffs if they'd have just toured Burn My EYes in the last few years - now I'll never get to see Davidian and Old live but wasn't gonna pay 50 quid to sit through the utter shite from the rest of their career

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


Vermillion lmao I think you're thinking of Catharsis.

vermillionZ
September 30th 2018
192 Comments


I got only very vague memories of Catharsis lol
Game Over could easily be a new slipknot song.

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


Game Over is like bottom 3 for me, but that's the only song that sounds like that, there's 14 other songs.

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


And you should revisit Catharsis. It's aged well. =)

vermillionZ
September 30th 2018
192 Comments


It wasn't "That" bad musically but damn the lyrics gave me a hard time listening to it. Unto the Locust is still my absolute favorite, except for those child choir parts it's really fucking great.

artiswar
September 30th 2018
6473 Comments


I usually don't pay too much attention to Rob's lyrics, but yeah, he's honestly an awful poet. He's like a gorilla trying to perform surgery.

RippingCorpse1986
September 30th 2018
3015 Comments


I was planning to make a ''Blackening/Whitening'' joke, but bloc's comment is 5/5.

Also:

yeah, he's honestly an awful poet. He's like a gorilla trying to perform surgery.


Couldn't agree more with this.

jayt851
October 1st 2018
349 Comments


Machinehead is a great band and has a good handful of excellent albums

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curteeebull
October 1st 2018
26 Comments


Damn. They put out some solid ass albums in the past!

MegaResurrectedJake4
October 1st 2018
228 Comments


"well at least they went out on a high note "

lol, yeah honestly that's my problem with this. on one hand, good thing they didn't make another piece of shit. this way, it'll mostly be forgotten and they'll be remembered for the good they've done. on the other hand, why would you want to leave on the worst album of your career where you blatantly sought pop/mainstream appeal and left your roots behind? i'd just get right back in the studio, write the hardest ep of my career and then have a mini farewell tour with it and then be done. would be a nicer finish. , but either way, good band for a decent length of time.

Cryptkeeper
October 2nd 2018
1895 Comments


Kind of funny to see everyone shittalking this band being fuckers who can't differentiate between an artists work and beliefs. Not that great of a band but unfortunate anyway

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WretchedCacophony
October 2nd 2018
1018 Comments


"Damn. They put out some solid ass albums in the past!"

Solid bullshit agreed

Mabbitt
October 2nd 2018
1684 Comments


Apparently they're not breaking up, the "farewell tour" is for the members that are leaving.



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