Machine Head has announced their long-awaited new record Of Kingdom And Crown to be out August 26. The band is now streaming the new single "Choke On The Ashes of Your Hate," which should immediately quell any fears that the new record might not be crushingly heavy.
"Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called Attack On Titan," said Machine Head guitarist and vocalist Robb Flynn. "The album's concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no 'good' or 'bad' guy, both characters believe they're doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track 'Slaughter The Martyr' is basically our character #1's origin story."
Of Kingdom And Crown is a 13 track concept album set in a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red, and centers around two characters:
- Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.
- Character #2 Eros: (pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree.
Of Kingdom And Crown is available for pre-order here and pre-save here.