Drum-cam video of MACHINE HEAD drummer Chris Kontos performing the song “The Rage To Overcome” with his bandmates on February 5 at Théâtre Corona in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.
The North American leg of MACHINE HEAD‘s 25th-anniversary tour for the band’s debut album, “Burn My Eyes”, kicked off in Phoenix on January 16 and wrapped up on February 22 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. Each show on the trek consisted of two parts: part one saw frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside new recruits, Polish guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (DECAPITATED) and British drummer Matt Alston (DEVILMENT, EASTERN FRONT); while part two features “Burn My Eyes” played in its entirety for the first time ever, with original drummer Kontos and guitarist Logan Mader joining in.
Asked what it has been like getting Logan and Chris back on board, Robb told Kerrang! magazine: “Logan and I have stayed in touch. We kinda squashed everything and became friends again as far back as 2004. He comes out to all the shows. We played ‘Davidian’ together at the ‘Roadrunner United’ concert in New York. Chris and I haven’t spoken in a long time for no reason other than that when I’m off the road, I’m just this boring suburban dad. He kinda quit music for a little while to do some BMX racing. He was in a whole other world. As it happened, Logan reached out to me about [the anniversary tour] and I thought it was a killer idea. Then I think my manager reached out to Chris and he was game, too. We just went out for dinner for two hours and just laughed and caught up. [Chris] just has such a huge personality: he’s this loud, funny dude. It was a really good vibe, so we decided to just go for it.”
Kontos left MACHINE HEAD before the release of the band’s second album, 1997’s “The More Things Change”, and was replaced by Dave McClain.
Mader contributed to two MACHINE HEAD albums, the aforementioned “Burn My Eyes” and “The More Things Change”, before exiting the group and being replaced by Ahrue Luster and, later on, Phil Demmel.
Demmel and McClain left MACHINE HEAD in the fall of 2018.
MACHINE HEAD will release a new single, “My Hands Are Empty”, on November 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. The track is the latest in a line of singles to be made available by MACHINE HEAD, which issued “Do Or Die” in October 2019, “Circle The Drain” in February, and the two-song “Civil Unrest”, consisting of “Stop The Bleeding” and “Bulletproof”, in June. “Stop The Bleeding” featured guest vocals from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach, and was written and recorded just days after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.