I know that the fans of the pummeling force that is known as Machinehead will be losing their sh** as the news about the bands return to the headlining stage was announced today. The band will be embarking on a months’ worth of dates and bring along Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross as a part of the package. Mark me down as both intrigued and slightly confused with the roster but we can talk about that after you see the poster below and read the official press copy which I have provided for your greater levels of awareness.
Bay Area Metal Titans, MACHINE HEAD, continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of their 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this fall.
With a devastating line-up that features support from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS, this epic trek launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st.
MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn checks in about the touring line-up and the upcoming shows:
“MACHINE HEAD raised the bar with concert production for 2012 ‘s ‘Locust’ tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD! This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in CHILDREN OF BODOM, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in BATTLECROSS, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. EPICA’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!”
CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho adds: “We’ve rolled with MACHINE HEAD quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for Halo Of Blood!“
“With this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success,” states EPICA vocalist Simone Simons. “We will bring EPICA to a whole new level and I can’t wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.” EPICA guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen shares: “MACHINE HEAD and CHILDREN OF BODOM are bands I listened to as teenager, so it’s really amazing to be on this tour with EPICA.”
BATTLECROSS guitarist Tony Asta contributes the following: “What an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of MACHINE HEAD’s first album release on their new label! We’re really excited to reunite with Robb and the guys, as well as CHILDREN OF BODOM – both legendary bands and friends from last summer’s Mayhem Fest. And we’ll get to see what EPICA is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head. We can’t wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!”
Whew, that is surely a lot of “go get em” Metal attitude to contend with, so let’s get down to the tour dates – I’ve highlighted our own regional performance.
10/04/14 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/06/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/07/14 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/09/14 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/10/14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/12/14 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/14/14 Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
10/15/14 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/16/14 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/17/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium
10/18/14 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/20/14 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/21/14 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/22/14 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
10/24/14 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians
10/26/14 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
10/28/14 Vancouver, B.C – The Vogue – Vancouver, B.C.
10/29/14 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/31/14 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/01/14 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I mentioned that I was both intrigued and confused at the opening of this narrative and the reasons for those states of mind was based on the bands being blended for this package. I think Machinehead truly rocks up on the stage but for me I was never the biggest fan and preferred other stuff more. That said, I am more game for the type of stuff that both Children Of Bodom and Epica does and am quite surprised at one of this pair taking such a far place down on the tour especially after continually selling out venues on their US tour visits over the last few years. The region also just got a full and comprehensive Bodom visit and while they are fantastic live will the fans sit back and say “AGAIN!!!”; Only time will tell. This is very likely a great gig for Battlecross but will the fans that are ONLY interested in Machinehead even arrive in time for them. This is something I have seen happen far too much with a diverse blend that hopes to expand your Metal mind. People stay in the parking lots or the bars until the band they want to see is almost coming on. I’ll remain hopeful but I do wonder what you readers think about the package. Feel free to let me know in the comments as I would love to hear your own thoughts about it as paying fans of the shows. If you are wondering if I would cover this event, well of course I would, and you all should know that by now 🙂
Fans can keep up with the news about the tour and the bands themselves via their Official Websites and social networking accounts. I’ve provided their main homepages but you are tasked with the rest.
There is a lot of solid Metal to absorb from this roster of bands and I’ve made sure to direct you to a bunch of their respective releases on Amazon.com so get those gift cards and credit cards ready 🙂