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Music: Machine Head
Machine Head is an American Heavy Metal band formed in Oakland, California in 1992 by vocalist/guitarist Robert Flynn, who had departed from the Thrash Metal band Music/Violence due to actual violence between Flynn and the rest of the band, and gang members. Flynn cofounded Machine Head, named for the Deep Purple album, with bassist Adam Duce, and the new band started off playing a fusion of Groove Metal and Thrash Metal.

With the release of the band's third album, 1999's The Burning Red, Nu Metal elements were also added, including semi-rapped vocals and guitar licks that imitated turntable scratching. The band's fans accused Machine Head of "selling out"; but Machine Head countered that they weren't trying to sound like other bands, just that they wanted to sound different.

After guitarist Ahrue Luster (responsible for the band's Nu Metal influence) left the band due to creative differences, Machine Head initially decided to begin writing as a three-piece band, but temporary guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of Vio-lence) became a permanent member of the band. The band's style has since evolved into a fusion of melodic elements with groove and thrash now dominating the band's style again.

On 22 February 2013, long-time bassist Adam Duce was fired from the band. His departure makes Rob Flynn the sole remaining original member of the band. He was replaced by former Sanctity frontman Jason MacEachern.

Band members

  • Phil Demmel - guitar (2002–present)
  • Robb Flynn - lead vocals, guitar (1992–present)
  • Dave McClain - drums (1995–present)
  • Jason MacEachern - bass, backing vocals (2013 - present)

Former members

  • Adam Duce - bass guitar, backing vocals (1992–2013)
  • Logan Mader - guitar (1992–1998)
  • Ahrue Luster - guitar (1998–2002) (now in Ill Nino)
  • Tony Costanza - drums (1992–1994)
  • Chris Kontos - drums (1994–1995)
  • Walter Ryan - drums (1995)

Machine Head provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • Chest Burster: Phil in the video for "Locust". One shot shows a swarm of locusts flying out of a wound in his chest.
  • The Swarm: Locust features, well, a swarm of locusts.
  • Too Soon: The music video "Crashing Around You" featured falling buildings, which would have been fine had the video not been released shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (the video was conceived and shot months before the attacks). The video was banned by MTV, which caused Roadrunner Records to drop Machine Head from their label. The band later rejoined the label after every label but Roadrunner rejected their album Through the Ashes of Empires.

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