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San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 2011’s “Unto The Locust” for a 2014 release. Writing on his official Twitter profile earlier today (Thursday, September 19), MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel said: “Pretty sure we’re over the hump writing this record. Each song is a monster so far. So stoked!”

Meanwhile, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has posted a picture of what appears to be a list of working songtitles for the forthcoming CD: “Killers & Kings”, “Beneath The Silt”, “Sail Into The Black”, “Ojos De La Muerte” and “Night Of The Long Knives”.

MACHINE HEAD‘s next album will be the band’s first with new bassist Jared MacEachern, who replaced Adam Duce this past spring.

Some fans might remember MacEachern from MACHINE HEAD‘s 2007 “The Black Tyranny” tour, on which he performed with his previous band, SANCTITY. MACHINE HEAD, challenged to find a fill-in bass player for the North American tour after an injury sidelined Adam Duce, also found themselves in need of someone to sing harmony with singer/guitarist Robb Flynn.

Earlier this year, MACHINE HEAD conducted an extensive search for candidates through various channels, the most fruitful of which proved to be video submissions. Sifting through more than 400 videos, the band personally reviewed and evaluated everyone’s performances, including MacEachern, who made the short list without a second thought.

After reviewing all of the submissions, the band narrowed down the 400-plus candidates to a short list of seven, each of whom took a trip to Oakland to perform a handful of songs in person and spend the day hanging with the band.

MACHINE HEAD is currently finalizing a new label home following the expiration of the band’s contract with longtime record company Roadrunner Records.

MACHINE HEAD‘s most recent studio album, “Unto The Locust”, sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s history.

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In the two-minute clip below, guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay rea metallers MACHINE HEAD talks to Gibson about his love of playing guitar.

Bassist Jared MacEachern made his live debut with MACHINE HEAD on June 24 in Spokane, Washington.

Some fans might remember MacEachern from MACHINE HEAD‘s 2007 “The Black Tyranny” tour, on which he performed with his previous band, SANCTITY. MACHINE HEAD, challenged to find a fill-in bass player for the North American tour after an injury sidelined their then-four-stringer Adam Duce, also found themselves in need of someone to sing harmony with singer/guitarist Robb Flynn.

Earlier this year, MACHINE HEAD conducted an extensive search for candidates through various channels, the most fruitful of which proved to be video submissions. Sifting through more than 400 videos, the band personally reviewed and evaluated everyone’s performances, including MacEachern, who made the short list without a second thought.

After reviewing all of the submissions, the band narrowed down the 400-plus candidates to a short list of seven, each of whom took a trip to Oakland to perform a handful of songs in person and spend the day hanging with the band.

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You read that title correctly. By now, anyone with even a passing interesting in metal news knows Mastodon recently put out the first single from their upcoming fifth album, The Hunter. The song, entitled “Black Tongue,” is linked below if you somehow have avoided this piece of news all day.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Let me be frank: I do not like this at all. I’m a huge Mastodon fan; I truly enjoyed all four albums preceding this one and I was initially excited by the prospect of Mastodon (for lack of a better word) dumbing their music back down from the epic prog structures of Crack the Skye. I really would like to enjoy this song, but I just can’t. The obvious culprit of my disdain is of course Troy’s vocals, which have quickly bridged the gap between endearingly bad and outright horrible. Can you imagine him even attempting these live? People unfamiliar with Mastodon are going to think it’s a Saturday Night Live skit.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the vocals either. The music sounds like a much more restrained Mastodon where the things that created their massive fan base (energy, virtuoso ability, intensity) have been swapped out in favor of things that placate the tastes of the Warner Bros. elite. Anyone could be playing this music; there is nothing particularly unique (or Mastodonian, if you will) about it, and if this were any other band I would have stopped the song one minute in and never would have given it a second thought for the rest of my life. But this isn’t just another band. This is Mastodon, the band I expect great things from and have received great things from up until this point.

To receive something of this quality isn’t quite like watching Metallica go from …And Justice for All to The Black Album, but it is a bit like Megadeth going from Rust in Peace to Countdown to Extinction. Maybe the rest of the album will redeem this one song, but I fear the Mastodon I have come to love is no more.

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