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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Checks In From The Studio

Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn has offered an update on the recording sessions for the bands new album which have been taking place as of late. It appears below as part of his ongoing series of journals posted at the bands Facebook.

“As I step off the insane recording treadmill I’ve been on for a few weeks, one thing is for certain, it’s all about slow and steady progress. I mean, I really wish I had more of an exciting update to give you, but I’ve been slammed recording guitars, laying down vocals, and working on some killer packaging ideas with the Nuclear Blast crew.

Less than a week before we got into JingleTown we finished a pair of songs, one of which was literally not even an idea the week previous. Phil brought in some great, GREAT stuff at the 11th hour and we were able to turn it into a really cool song with the working title of: “Sharkbite Days Revisited.”

The other song, formerly-known-as “Blazing Saddles” just wasn’t working. Even though it had some cool parts it was just too god damned hard to play and make it sound natural, so we back-burnered it for a while. It was the type of song where we finally realized our mortality, LOL! One of those “dammit, I can’t play this fast at my age anymore” kind of moments! But it was a song that came at a time when we needed a good kick in the ass, and it completely helped break my writer’s block. It was the crack in the dam and after that, all hell flowed. So if anything it served its purpose well!

So on the 2nd to last day of rehearsals McClain and I deconstructed “Blazing Saddles”, and then reconstructed it into a far simpler structure, and its fuckin rockin’! Less of a Slayer/Slipknot vibe, and more of a “Screaming For Vengeance“-era Judas Priest feel to it. Appropriately, it has now been given the working title: “Simmering Saddles”.

I laid down some scratch vocal ideas on the 3 “newest” tunes, and made some huge progress on the song (working title: “Riffnado”). I can already tell it’s gonna be really cool.

So that’s about it for now. I know it doesn’t look like much, but as my engineer Juan says, “there some blood on the board there”.”

Included with the above-entry was this picture of songs (most with various working titles) in progress for the effort.


  • Stevenstixx

    God damn, does he have nothing better to do than to write these boring ass stories that nobody reads!?

    • damn

      Yeah maybe if he spent less time writing asinine anecdotes he might actually write a decent metal song. Clearly he hasn’t made one of those yet.

      • Stevenstixx


    • MyDarkPassenger

      I very much enjoy these. This one in particular isn’t Earth shattering but his Through the Ashes 10th Anniversary series was interesting as all get out.

      I’m biased though, as I’ve literally enjoyed EVERY album this band has put out. Even the one the band itself isn’t the most proud of. Nu-metal had it’s time and place, glad MH was able to find the other side.

      • Stereotypical Evil Archer

        UR American High on Brown Acid

      • WURST
      • MyDarkPassenger

        I think Supercharger the song is fucking great. Admittedly then rest of the album doesn’t get a lot of spins but I enjoyed it more at the time than most. American High I never liked, mostly due to the subject matter.

      • WURST

        Every time I think of the Supercharger album I am reminded of when the album was released/my first time in Vegas.

        Just picture two dudes rolling down the Vegas strip in a convertible Sebring with the top down and Supercharger cranked at max volume. Gay on so many levels.

      • WURST

        Machine Head is clearly not one the levels of gayness. I meant the part with two dudes in a convertible rolling down the strip. In hindsight, there is nothing gayer than two dudes in a convertible Sebring. I blame Hertz for not having a Mustang available.

    • StruckANerve

      Do you have nothing better to do than post stupid fucking comments online related to a band you clearly have no interest in?

      These posts are for the fans. You’re not one. Fuck off.

      • WURST

        Get back to recording your album, Robb.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Yeah. And write an Aesthetics-type song about these frontin’ motherfuckers.