Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn, “When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles. These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) â€˜B and C marketsâ€™, (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc…). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.
â€œPart of the reason we don’t hit these places, is that sometimes their local economy just can’t afford to pay as well as a major city. As a band, MACHINE HEAD have always made the effort to re-invest in our band rather than pocket the money. We’ve done a lot of tours where we lost buttloads of cash, all in the name of giving our fans the best show of their lives. That is what is most important to us.
â€œAnd with that said, we’re probably gonna lose some moolah doing this club run. But you know what? The way we look at it, this is also re-investing in our band, by investing in the most important thing we have, YOU! It’s giving the die-hard MACHINE HEAD fans, the Head Cases in the nooks and crannies of America, the places that are often starving for live music, something special and unforgettable.
â€œAnd local bands you are welcome to jump on in every city. Because this will be the first time that we’ve ever played a lot of these cities, we’re not even sure if we HAVE fans there, but we believe we can break even!
â€œSo Head Cases, all that I ask of you, is that if you live in or near any of these cities, and are excited about MACHINE HEAD coming to your town on the â€˜Killers & Kings Tour… TELL PEOPLE! Call people, text people, email people, Share, Tweet, pester, harass, guilt, and shame motherfuckers into going and having a great god damned time at a MACHINE HEAD show!! The better these shows do, the better the chances of us coming back. It’s a risk for us, but you guys are worth the risk!
â€œWe’re all in this together! HELP US start a tradition of being able to hit the nooks and crannies of America EVERY MACHINE HEAD tour! Make history my friends!
â€œSee you on tour! Now plunder!!!â€
â€œKILLERS & KINGSâ€ TOUR
05/11/14 Boone, IA @ Central Iowa Expo **(LazerFest)
05/17/14 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater **(Scion Music Fest)
07/08/14 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
07/10/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/11/14 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
07/13/14 Billings, MT @ The Carlin
07/15/14 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
07/17/14 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
07/19/14 Oshkosh, WI @ Ford Festival Park **(Rock USA Fest)
07/21/14 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
07/23/14 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
07/24/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
07/25/14 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
With twenty plus years, seven critically acclaimed full-length releases and multiple world tours to their credit, few can deny that when it comes to metal, MACHINE HEAD is one of the kings of the genre.
This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing MACHINE HEADâ€™s next full-length album, the bandâ€™s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store (April 19, 2014), weâ€™re excited to release a limited edition 10â€ featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled â€œKillers & Kingsâ€. Never heard or released before, MACHINE HEAD fans have been waiting for new music from the band for the last 3 years and â€œKillers & Kingsâ€ does not disappoint. Side B of the release will also feature MACHINE HEAD covering two tracks by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE.
This limited edition 10â€ will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.
Killers & Kings 10â€ tracking listing:
Side One: â€œKillers & Kingsâ€ (demo version)
Side Two: â€œOur Darkest Days/Bleedingâ€ (IGNITE cover)
MACHINE HEAD are currently in the studio recording their eighth album for a 2014 release, followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle.
MACHINE HEAD’s most recent studio release, 2011’s Unto The Locust, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 22 – putting them in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s history. The album was the follow-up to the 2007 Grammy nominated metal milestone The Blackening, widely hailed as one of the finest metal albums of the last decade, which led the band to an extensive three-year tour, sharing the stage with such heavy hitters as SLIPKNOT and METALLICA.