Machine Head Debuts New Single, ‘Circle The Drain’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Machine Head dropped a heavy new anti-love song this week.

The band debuted its new song ‘Circling The Drain‘ Thursday.  The song’s musical arrangement takes audiences back to the band’s early days, featuring a sound that would fit on Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change.  The song’s lyrical content tackles the issue of broken relationships,

Machine Head founding member and front man Robb Flynn talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan, only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl,” he said.  “She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy.  We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me, ‘They were just circling the drain…’  The phrase struck me.  A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on.”

Flynn continued, “It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorced.  It was breakup season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad.”

Flynn, referring back to his story about his friend who was in Afghanistan, said hearing the story and writing the song from the story was cathartic.

“Watching this guy pull through it helped me pull through my own upheaval,” he said.  “the lyrics to ‘Circle The Drain’ came out of that frustrating time.  It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on.  I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that.  It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship.  But if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place.  the irony that he and i had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and we are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me.  It really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”

‘Circle The Drain’ was co-produced by Flynn and Zach Ohren (All Shal lPerish, Suicide Silence, Machine Head).  Joel Wanasek (Atilla, Bloodline) handled post-production duties on the song.  Russ Russell (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts) mixed the song, while Greg Grimaldi mastered the composition.

Christian Sampson crafted the single’s artwork.  The artwork was based on his photography project based around mental disorders.  He compiled the images that he used in the project to form the artwork, which he dubbed “Panic.”

Two discussions on the making of ‘Circle The Drain’ are streaming now. The links to the discussions are noted below.

Watch “The Making of ‘Circle the Drain” Part 1 here.

Watch “The Making of ‘Circle the Drain” Part 2 here.

‘Circle The Drain’ is available to stream and download here.  It is Machine Head’s first new music since the release of its song ‘Do Or Die‘ last year.  The song’s video debuted Oct. 11.

More information on ‘Circle The Drain’ is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:






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