Machine Head have had some great tours recently, including gigs opening for Metallica and Slipknot, but behind the scenes the members have had some serious problems. In Europe, frontman Robb Flynn nearly quit and flew home following endless fights with bassist Adam Duce. Guitarist Phil Demmel suffered recurrent health problems that caused him to pass out without warning, sometimes in the middle of a gig; and after one such incident, he awoke to find out his father had died.
In a moment of down time following the end of the U.S. Metallica tour, Flynn talked openly with HeadbangersBlog.com about how he and Duce have begun therapy to work out their differences, the illness that has haunted Demmel since he was in Vio-Lence in the late ’80s, Machine Head’s upcoming DVD and the incredible power of perseverance. Click here to download the podcast.
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Lamb of God's new album Wrath is as brutally heavy, scathing and unrepentant as anything from their last disc Sacrament, and the songs explode with a new level of confidence and authority, whether Lamb of God are ranting about politics or the people who've betrayed them over the years. We recently talked to guitarist Mark Morton about the creation of Wrath, the politics of metal, the first video from the album, "Set to Fail," and the changes the band has experienced since their first record came out in 1998 under the name Burn the Priest.Click here to listen to the podcast.
We recently talked to Slayer bassist and vocalist Tom Araya about the band's upcoming tour with Marilyn Mansin, their writing process, the new tune "Psycopothy Red," which was released on the Internet and "Playing With Dolls," which remains under lock and key. Araya also addressed rumors that Slayer's gonna hang up the inverted cross after the upcoming record, talked about working again with Rick Rubin and Greg Fidelman and shed some new hatred on Metallica's Death Magnetic, which Rubin and Fidelman also produced. Listen to the podcast here.
Cattle Decapitation's new album, The Harvest Floor, is a virulent feast of savage vocals, ear-bursting guitar scree and stomp-and-clomp rock rhythms that runs circles around the latest music by most of the bands they've been reluctantly sharing bills with. We recently phoned up vocalist Travis Ryan and talked about writing and recording The Harvest Floor the advantages of working under pressure, getting Jarboe to guest on the album, animal rights and the eventual death of deathcore. Click here for the podcast.