Machine Head might have said they're hitting up the studio this October to record their new album, but that didn't pan out too well. Guitarist and frontman Rob Flynn has assured us that the album will be happening early 2014 and it will be great!
Flynn took to Facebook yesterday to make the following statement about the delay:
“As you may have noticed there aren’t any, 'hey, were in the recording studio' updates happening. That’s because were not!
A few Journals ago I said we’d hit the studio at end of October, and while we tried our damnedest to make that deadline, the fact is, we weren’t ready.
We started writing in January of this year but between the bassist auditions, teaching Jared all the old tunes, rehearsing for headline dates, doing Mayhem, getting Jared up to speed on the new tunes, and back into writing mode in September, we just didn’t have the songs yet. We probably only wrote music for 4 out of those 9 months, if we went in, it would have been rushed.
This is an important record for us. With a new label, a new member, and this being the follow up to Locust all eyes are on us. This record cannot be rushed or hurried, it needs to be great. It needs to be classic Machine Head. It needs to be a timeless album.
Our new label, Nuclear Blast agreed and said 'hey, if it comes out in April or August, who cares? In 5 years, they’re only going to remember if it’s great or not.'
It was refreshing and we were grateful that’s how they felt.
We are now going in the studio the first week of February, 2014.
We already have 5 or 6 song demoed, some are in more finished stages than others, so we’ll continue demoing through the New Year. Shit, who am I kidding? We’ll probably be demoing up until the day before we hit the studio, LOL!
Thanks for the patience my friends”
Nuclear Blast seem like they've got their heads on straight about the whole situation. Bonus points to Machine Head for not wanting to rush their art and make the best possible product for their fans as well! Let's assume August 2014 is about when we'll be seeing the new record. Is it alright to be a little excited about it now? Maybe just a little?