MACHINE HEAD (1992–PRESENT). Robert Flynn (guitar), Phil Demmel (guitar), Adam Duce (bass), Dave McClain (drums).
More popular in Europe than in their native U.S., the speed metal four-piece Machine Head combine a flair for thrash and progressive in a unique blend that has long earned them a solid reputation among metal fans and a significant following in Europe.
Formed in 1992, the band, consisting of guitarists Robert Flynn and Phil Demmel, bassist Adam Duce, and drummer Chris Kontos, Machine Head signed with Roadrunner Records, after self-recording a demo, releasing the scorching 1994 debut Burn My Eyes. The well showcased the band’s uniquely brutal brand of metal and established them as an up-and-coming thrash band to reckon with, selling over half a million copies and earning them a rabid European following. The band went on tour to support the album, staying out the better part of two years.
The band’s follow-up, More Things Change, released in 1997, only bolstered their growing mreputation and saw them introducing speed and progressive metal elements into the mix. 1999’s Burning Red produced the band’s first successful single, “From This Day.” Subsequently the band has released 2001’s Supercharger, 2003’s Through the Ashes of Empires and the live Hellalive, Elegies in 2005, and Blackening in 2007.
Discography: Burn My Eyes (Roadrunner, 1994); The More Things Change (Roadrunner, 1997); Burning Red (Roadrunner, 1999); Year of the Dragon: Japan Tour Diary (Roadrunner International, 2000); Supercharger (RoadRunner, 2001); Through the Ashes of Empires (Roadrunner International, 2003); Hellalive (Roadrunner, 2003); The Blackening (Roadrunner, 2007).