Bay Area metal masters, Machine Head will be descending on U.S. soil this winter. Sorry gang, no Boise date. The quartet will mark its first headlining tour stateside in support of the new album Unto The Locust. Machine Head spent much of the summer on theRockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which passed through the Treasure Valley earlier this summer. Support acts for the tour will be Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour, and Rise To Remain.
The tour kicks off on January 15th in Denver, CO and will tour through the U.S. for the remainder of the month, coming to a close on February 18th when the band returns home, with a show in San Francisco, CA. All current tour dates listed below.
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Machine Head unveiled their new music video for the single “Locust” today. The track is cut from the band’s latest Billboard-charting album, Unto The Locust. The video is directed by veteran Machine Head vid director Mike Sloat and features motion picture-quality computer-generated imagery that includes a sinister swarm of locusts enveloping the band in a cloud of darkness and chaos, much like the ominous track itself. The incredible effects were all created by a team of veteran Hollywood CGI artists and monster makers including album art designer Paul Gerrard who all helped bring Paul’s amazing album artwork to life. Well, see for yourself in the video box at right.
Machine Head bludgeoned into the charts last month with a remarkable #22 Billboard Top 200 chart debut for their new album, Unto The Locust. Released in North America on September 27th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records, Unto The Locust is widely-regarded as a new opus in modern metal, garnering stellar reviews referring to it as “a breathtaking work”, “one of 2011’s essential albums”, “a modern metal masterpiece”, “the most accomplished record [Machine Head] has ever recorded”, and “album of the year” by several of today’s top music publications and entertainment journalists.
Offered Metalholic writer Craig Evans; Machine Head have given us a remarkable selection of records in their time, but it was The Blackening that propelled the Bay Area quartet to legendary status. Four years worth of touring later, they have returned with an album that annihilates its predecessor, at the same time as embracing it. Unto The Locust is the best metal album you’ll have heard in a very long time.
Be sure to purchase Unto The Locust on iTunes or physically at Best Buy or your local music retailer.
MACHINE HEAD W/ Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour, Rise To Remain
1/15, Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
1/17, Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
1/19, St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
1/20, Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
1/21, Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
1/22, Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/24, Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
1/26, Portland, ME @ State Theatre
1/27, Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/28, Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
1/29, Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
1/31, Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
2/1, Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
2/2, Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
2/3, New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
2/4, Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/6, Norfolk, VA @ NorVA Theatre
2/7, Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/8, Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/10, New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/11, Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/12, San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/13, Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
2/15, Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
2/16, Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
2/17, Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
2/18, San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Read our full Unto The Locust CD review HERE.
Check out our video interview with Phil Demmel HERE.
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