Machine Head will release a new single on April 12. What we know so far about the new record is that new guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka (Decapitated) wrote at least some of the new material, that it was produced by Zack Ohren (Aborted, Machine Head, etc.), and features drummer Navene Koperweis (Entheos, ex-Animals as Leaders). In a recent interview, guitarist and vocalist Robb Flynn revealed that Nuclear Blast A&R legend Monte Connor compared the new material to the band's much-loved 2007 album The Blackening.
Now in an interview with Metal Hammer, Flynn is echoing Connor's sentiments and comparing the new material to 2003's Through The Ashes Of Empires and 2007's The Blackening. Flynn also added that the new material is probably the heaviest they've been in a while, and that touring their 1994 debut album Burn My Eyes definitely played a part in the writing process.
"It's similar to [Through The Ashes Of Empires and The Blackening] in that we're moving forward into something fresh and new but it's got that classic Machine Head vibe. We have a lot to deliver and expectations are very high, so I'm lucky to have great people surrounding me. Jared really stepped up and wrote some great riffs and great vocals. Vogg contributed a few ideas and brought some really great songs."
"It's fucking heavy, probably the heaviest we've been in a few albums. I've been playing so much guitar recently; I do Electric Happy Hours every Friday and sometimes you play a song you haven't played in 10, 20 years, or go through a whole album from top to bottom. When we toured Burn My Eyes, it took me back to where I was writing that music. I don't think I can ever be in that place again lyrically, but riff-wise, I think that all spilled into this album."