Machine Head has been holed up in Sharkbite Studios with Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation) recording its coming album Catharsis, which we thought sounded quite heavy given what little we've been given to work with. We're also wrong, according to frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn, who says Catharsis isn't quite as heavy or as fast as one would expect in a recent update from the studio.
“Lower your expectations for the heaviness, lower your expectations for the speed. This is… If ‘The Blackening‘ was us at our most thrashing and aggressive, this is probably the most melodic and the most grooving we’ve been.
There’s little thrashy bits here and there and it’s heavy, but it is a very groovin’, rocking melodic record.
I’m telling you that, because I don’t want everybody to think that we’re dropping fucking “Reign In Blood“. And I could tell you that if I wanted to, I could make motherfuckers think that we were dropping the heaviest 29 minutes of music ever, but this isn’t. This isn’t. And I want to be realistic with you and I want to be honest with you. It’s very melodic… For no reason in particular we just decided to write some groovin’, melodic songs and it’s fucking good man. It’s just really, really songs.
A lot of the songs are shorter. We got a couple of epics—of course we have to have a Machine Head epic, or two, or three. But it’s some good shit man, I’m really fucking excited…
I think it’s going to have 2 or 3 songs that are absolutely instant, and I think there’s gonna be quite a few songs that people on first listen are gonna be like ‘hmmm, I don’t know about this.’
And in a month, or two months, it’s gonna be, you’re gonna be, you know: ‘that’s some fucking good shit man.'”
He also states that the band's live performance in February 2015 filmed for a DVD is still coming out, so don't worry! Though seriously, less heavy Machine Head could be really, really cool if it's anything like that super groovy rock riff the band showed in its previous studio updated.