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Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of long-time metallers Machine Head. The group will be entering the studio later this month to record their 2014 follow up to 2001’s Unto the Locust, which debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at #22, the highest debut in the band’s history.
Nuclear Blast founder/owner Markus Staiger states: “There’s no doubt that MACHINE HEAD is one of the most influential modern day bands. Just listen to their debut album which still sounds like it’s been recorded just a few months ago – sound wise as well as in terms of songwriting! Or check out their recent metal masterpiece »The Blackening« which shows the band is still peaking and is more vital than ever. I’ve been a huge MACHINE HEAD fan from day one and I’ve always followed them through all the different stages of their career. So it is a real honor for me to finally be working with them, having them join the Nuclear family and kicking some major ass worldwide for and with MACHINE HEAD! Let freedom ring with a Nuclear Blast!”
Machine Head’s guitarist/singer Robb Flynn added: “Monte Conner [former Road Runner A&R man, currently heading up Nuclear Blast Entertainment]has believed in MACHINE HEAD for 20 years, his belief has never wavered, and we are extremely proud to work alongside him once again. When I visited the Nuclear Blast compounds in both Germany and Los Angeles last year, the vibe and spirit that Markus Staiger, Gerardo Martinez and their respective teams created took me back to the spirit of the old Roadrunner Records days, back when bands like OBITUARY and SEPULTURA were changing the world with their music. Everyone believes, everyone wants it for the right reasons, it’s about creating and respecting a culture, about pioneering new ways for people to discover great music.”