Veteran metal act Machine Head will release its latest album Catharsis next week. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band last week released the album’s latest single, ‘Bastards.’
‘Bastards’ is perhaps the band’s boldest composition to date because it is an extremely stark departure from everything that fans have ever come to know from the band. Rather than being a full-on exhibition of anger and frustration, this song, musically, is a much more thoughtful work that still expresses its own share of frustration about America’s current political and social state.
What so many audiences are perhaps missing about this song is that it is sung from the standpoint of a parent trying to explain the things going on in the world to one’s child/children. He clearly points that out in the song’s lead verse, which explains why this song is such a noticeable departure for the band from the rest of its works. It also exhibits a certain emotional growth in front man Robb Flynn, too, to which true audiences should be happy. It shows a willingness by Flynn and company to go out on a limb and try something that is completely alien to them.
Along with ‘Bastards,’ Machine head has also already released the singles ‘Beyond The Pale,’ ‘Catharsis,’ and live clips for ‘Now We Die‘ and ‘Ten Ton Hammer.’ The live clips are included in the full live recording included in Catharsis’ deluxe edition. The concert is a full 20-song concert originally filmed from a performance the band held in 2015 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
Pre-orders are open now for Catharsis. The track listing for the album’s standard and deluxe edition is noted below.
CATHARSIS TRACK LISTING:
3. Beyond the Pale
4. California Bleeding
5. Triple Beam
8. Hope Begets Hope
9. Screaming At the Sun
10. Behind a Mask
11. Heavy Lies the Crown
13. Grind You Down
14. Razorblade Smile
BONUS CD/DVD DIGIPAK TRACK LISTING:
2. Beautiful Mourning
3. Now We Die
4. Bite The Bullet
6. From This Day
7. Ten Ton Hammer
8. This Is The End
9. Beneath The Silt
10. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears
11. Darkness Within
13. Killers & Kings
15. Descend The Shades Of Night
16. Now I Lay Thee Down
17. Take My Scars
18. Aesthetics Of Hate
19. Game Over
The band will hit the road the day before Catharsis’ release for a nearly six-week tour that includes performances in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois and a host of other cities. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.
MACHINE HEAD ON TOUR:
1/25 — Phoenix, AZ — Nile Theater
1/27 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
1/29 — San Antonio, TX — Aztec Theater
1/30 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Live!
1/31 — Houston,TX — HOB
2/2 — Birmingham, AL — Saturn
2/3 —Pensacola, FL — Vinyl MH
2/5 — Orlando, FL — Plaza Live
2/6 — Atlanta, GA — Centerstage
2/8 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
2/9 — New York, NY — Playstation
2/10 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
2/11 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda
2/13 — Toronto, ON — Danforth MH
2/14 — Buffalo, NY — Town Ballroom
2/15 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
2/16 — Cleveland, OH — Agora
2/17 — Detroit, MI — Majestic
2/20 — Des Moines, IA — Woolys
2/21 — Madison, WI — Majestic
2/22 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
2/23 — Chicago, IL — Concord MH
2/24 — Saint Louis, MO — Pops
2/27 — Denver, CO — Summit MH
3/1 — Las Vegas, NV — HOB
3/2 — Los Angeles, CA — Fonda
3/3 — Oakland, CA — The Fox Theater
3/5 — Portland, OR — Roseland
3/6 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore
3/7 — Seattle, WA — Showbox Market
Tickets, VIP packages and dates are all available here.
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