ALBUM REVIEW: Ellefson – No Cover

Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it? Continue reading

Watch Machine Head Perform Deep Cuts on the Anniversary Livestream for their “Bloodstone and Diamonds” Album 

Machine Head members Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern performed on a live stream yesterday, running through some deep cuts off of Machine Head’s eighth album Bloodstone & Diamonds (Nuclear Blast) on its 6th anniversary. Songs included “Take Me Through The Fire, “Eyes Of The Dead”, and “Now We Die”. Watch it now!

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Machine Head Shares Official Video for Unplugged Version of “Circle The Drain” 

 

Machine Head has released the official music video for its acoustic version of the song “Circle The Drain”. The video just features Robb Flynn of the band. The track is one of a series of standalone singles the band has released, along with “Do or Die” in 2019, and two singles this year: ‘Circle The Drain” and “Stop The Bleeding”, the latter featuring vocalist Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage. We are still waiting to hear the new songs frontman Robb Flynn wrote with Logan Mader, when he rejoined the band for the massively successful and mostly sold-out “Burn My Eyes 25” world tour. Watch the video now. Continue reading

Machine Head Teases New Song and Video

Machine Head has teased a cryptic new teaser on their YouTube account which looks like it might be a new single and video. Maybe they are going to do a livestream concert, which fans have been clamoring for online? The band has pivoted to a series of singles recorded over the last few years, rather than a new album release. The band has released two singles this year: ‘Circle The Drain” and “Stop The Bleeding”, the latter featuring vocalist Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage. We are still waiting to hear the new songs frontman Robb Flynn wrote with Logan Mader, when he rejoined the band for the massively successful and mostly sold-out “Burn My Eyes 25” world tour. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Entropy – Force Convergence

Formed in 1989, but with less than a handful of full-length studio albums to their name, Canadian thrashers Entropy aren’t exactly the most prolific act in the universe. A seventeen-year absence from 1995 to 2012, and a gap of eight years since their previous album hasn’t helped, but whenever the two remaining original members, vocalist Ger Schreinert, and guitarist Dan Lauzon, do eventually get together, the results are always worth waiting for. Continue reading

Rising Metal Legend and Power Trip Vocalist Riley Gale Dies, Fellow Rockers Mourn

Terrible news for the music world as published reports announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, has passed away. He was 34 (UPDATE: Riley’s age was originally said to be 35, and we have edited this story). Power Trip ascended to the new wave of American Metal, combining Crossover Thrash and Hardcore, partly on the strength of Riley’s incredible performances, brilliant politically-minded lyrics, and killer style. No cause of death has been revealed and according to a statement from the band, funeral and visitation arrangements are pending. Riley was a brilliant talent and mind, and he will be missed. Many leaders of the music world paid respect from Ice-T of Body Count, Lamb of God, Code Orange, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Jesus Piece, Anthrax, Thursday, Thrice, Machine Head, Creeping Death and more you can read below. Even Fox News, once a source of ire from Riley, had to pay respect! We interviewed him a few years back and he was awesome. The band has been one of the best in the world live in a short period of time. Riley’s family released a statement via social media which you can read below and you can read the many condolences of fellow peers. RIP Riley. 

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Alice In Chains Will Release a Deluxe “Facelift” 30th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set

Alice In Chains saw their stellar 1990 debut album Facelift turned 30 today, August 21st. The band themselves will be honoring the outing with a thirty-day look back at the album which will eventually culminate in a deluxe 30th-anniversary edition deluxe box set for the record. The band commented: Continue reading

Metal Artists Reflect on The Late Tony Costanza, GoFundMe Launched

As we reported yesterday, drummer Tony Costanza, the original drummer of Machine Head, as well as stints in Crowbar and Crisis and others, died yesterday at age 52. Friends from other bands and many peers of Tony took to social media to share their grief, but also stories about Tony, his talent and how great a person and friend he was. Read the following from Robb Flynn, Chris Kontos, Crowbar, members of Crisis, and more. Also, please contribute what you can to the GoFundMe set up for Tony.   Continue reading

Machine Head Co-Founder and Drummer Tony Costanza, Dead at Age 52

Sad news as Machine Head co-founding drummer Tony Costanza has died. He was 52 years old. Costanza’s passing was confirmed by his former CRISIS bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who wrote in a Facebook post: “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy and family today. Continue reading

Machine Head Cancels All Tours For The Foreseeable Future 

In a move that was to be expected, Machine Head, fresh off of several sold-old tours for the “Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary” tour, the band has officially canceled all touring indefinitely. Robb Flynn has said publicly several times recently in interviews and his podcast that he doesn’t think the music industry will recover from coronavirus shutdown conditions for several years. Fans that have bought tickets for show not happening will be refined. Read a statement from Robb. Continue reading