American metal band Machine Head has announced that their new, as-yet untitled studio album, their first since 2007’s highly acclaimed, “The Blackening,” will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 27th in North America. In the meantime, fans will be able to hear the first single from the record, which is entitled, “Locust” as from June 14th, when an advance mix of the song will be available to purchase from iTunes as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival sampler.
From the little bit that I have heard about Locust, it sounds good, but I have been a sucker for Machine Head for a while. This (along with the new Amorphis album) is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I am actually super juiced because I will have the pleasure or interviewing Machine Head and most of the other headliners from Mayhem in July.
“We’ve been working on the record for a few weeks now, and when the opportunity to be a part of the free Mayhem sampler came up, we did not want to pass up the chance,” said Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “We’re so pumped for our fans to hear the new music that we’re so proud of.”
Flynn went a little deeper about the meaning of the song, saying, “‘Locust’ is a metaphor. Locusts fly in a swarm, but they can’t control which direction they fly; they float on the wind, they land, cause massive destruction, and then float away on the wind to leave you in the aftermath. The song is a metaphor for a type of person that sometimes comes into your life and has a similar effect.”
Musically, the song is the essence of what Machine Head have been doing for nearly two decades.
“It feels like the culmination of what we’ve been doing for the last 17 years: power grooves, patented Machine Head harmonics, crushing guitars and dark melodies, but taken to a new level,” Flynn said. “It’s a natural progression from The Blackening, but different than anything on that record. In the past, when we debuted a new song, it was usually the fastest, thrashiest tune. This time we wanted to go with something just straight-up heavy.”
The song is eight minutes in length, which is not unfamiliar territory for the band.
Flynn even joked, “We still can’t seem to write a damn song under six minutes. But Machine Head aren’t writing music for the radio or MTV. This is for us. This is for the metalhead who let’s music take him on a journey. This for the metalhead for whom music is the only thing that matters, to whom music is a savior. This is for the music fan who’s going to study every detail of the artwork, go online and find the lyrics and memorize every word, and let it take them away from their f—ed up life for a while. It’s for the music freak, who maybe just wants to get hammered, air-guitar and sing at the top of his lungs, and act like an friggin’ idiot while starting a moshpit in their living room with reckless abandon. Because that’s who wrote this song, and those are the only people we care about connecting with.”