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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn On New Album: “Lower Your Expectations For The Heaviness”


During a livestream from the studio filmed earlier this week, Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn took to explaining what to expect from the band’s forthcoming new album “Catharsis“, which is due out in January. Of it, he said:

“Lower your expectations for the heaviness, lower your expectations for the speed. This is… If ‘The Blackening‘ was us at our most thrashing and aggressive, this is probably the most melodic and the most grooving we’ve been.

There’s little thrashy bits here and there and it’s heavy, but it is a very groovin’, rocking melodic record.

I’m telling you that, because I don’t want everybody to think that we’re dropping fucking “Reign In Blood“. And I could tell you that if I wanted to, I could make motherfuckers think that we were dropping the heaviest 29 minutes of music ever, but this isn’t. This isn’t. And I want to be realistic with you and I want to be honest with you. It’s very melodic… For no reason in particular we just decided to write some groovin’, melodic songs and it’s fucking good man. It’s just really, really songs.

A lot of the songs are shorter. We got a couple of epics—of course we have to have a Machine Head epic, or two, or three. But it’s some good shit man, I’m really fucking excited…

I think it’s going to have 2 or 3 songs that are absolutely instant, and I think there’s gonna be quite a few songs that people on first listen are gonna be like ‘hmmm, I don’t know about this.’

And in a month, or two months, it’s gonna be, you’re gonna be, you know: ‘that’s some fucking good shit man.'”

The same livestream also saw Flynn confirm that the band’s live DVD filmed back in February of 2015 in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA is still in the works for a future release. Currently, the band continue to write/record the effort with Flynn and Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation) producing.