Machine Head Rocks with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour
There are few bands who can compare with Machine Head when it comes to live performance. An absolute powerhouse of aggressive, bruising metal musicianship carried along on a pile-driving backbone of crushing, brutal percussion. Machine Head always delivers an unforgettable show. Always.
Over the course of seven albums and countless headlining tours Machine Head has continued to prove themselves as a metal band who have maintained their integrity by never catering to the vagaries of musical trends. Every album has a personality of its own that breaks boundaries and showcases the band's ever-growing spectrum of musicianship. Each member of Machine Head has very unique musical abilities and they are constantly finding new ways to express their individual talents while maintaining a sound that is consistently and immediately identifiable as Machine Head.
That spirit of treating each of their musical ventures as a unique experience has helped the band to create a diverse musical catalog with a wide appeal and that in turn has made it possible for Machine Head to easily maneuver between slots headlining major international music festivals and filling coveted positions alongside some of metal's most respected bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer and Heaven & Hell.
And Machine Head is showing no signs of letting up.
After a nearly unimaginable five year tour in support of their Grammy nominated album The Blackening, which included runs with Metallica on the Death Magnetic tour and also alongside Megadeth and Slayer during the Carnage tours, Machine Head hit the studio for album number seven, Unto the Locust. I had the opportunity to review that album and also to see Machine Head perform the first single, "Locust," during my Mayhem Festival coverage. When I found out that Machine Head would be once again hitting Atlanta, and this time with a headlining set list, I knew it was going to be a not-to-be-missed show.
I finally had a chance to see Machine Head perform some of my favorite tracks from Unto the Locust, "This is the End" and "Darkness Within" in particular, when Machine Head brought their headlining The Eighth Plague tour to The Masquerade in Atlanta.
Machine Head - Darkness Within - Lyric Video