Machine Head http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/556/all en Jackson Releases Phil Demmel Demmelition Pro Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-releases-phil-demmel-demmelition-pro-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson is pleased to announce the latest addition to its popular Pro Series, the Phil Demmel Demmelition Pro guitar.</p> <p>Jackson’s Demmelition Pro model puts Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel’s devastating style and double-cut King V specs right in your hands. </p> <p>Features include a three-piece through-body maple neck with graphite reinforcement, compound-radius (12”-16”) bound ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid piranha inlay at 12th fret, EMG 60 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, Floyd Rose locking nut and recessed double-locking tremolo, and black hardware. </p> <p>Now available in Black Tide Fade and Red Tide Fade finishes.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.jacksonguitars.com/">jacksonguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Jackson%20Phil%20Demmel%20620.jpg" width="620" height="232" alt="Jackson Phil Demmel 620.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-releases-phil-demmel-demmelition-pro-guitar#comments FMIC Specialty Brands Jackson Guitars Machine Head Phil Demmel Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:46:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23125 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Premiere “Now We Die” Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-now-we-die-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Machine Head have premiered their new music video for "Now We Die." </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>The track is from the band's recently released album, <em>Bloodstone &amp; Diamonds.</em></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zSiKETBjARk?rel=0" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-now-we-die-music-video#comments Machine Head Videos News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:08:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22857 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Night of Long Knives" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-night-long-knives-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Bay Area metal heavyweights Machine Head have released a new song, “Night of Long Knives,” and you can check it out below.</p> <p>The track comes from their upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, <em>Bloodstone &amp; Diamonds</em>, which is due out in North America November 10. </p> <p>Right now, fans can get an instant download of “Night of Long Knives” when they preorder the album on iTunes; they'll also get the songs “Now We Die” and “Killers and Kings.”</p> <p>Check out “Night of Long Knives” and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0MlnlYsTpTY?list=PL4qfuCI0_FfOlnedFiLH0u3d65KaJBQD1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-night-long-knives-video#comments Machine Head News Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:39:50 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22758 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Now We Die" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-now-we-die-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Machine Head have premiered a new song, "Now We Die." </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>The track is from <em>Bloodstone &amp; Diamonds,</em> which will be released November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HI_NEGD4tb0?rel=0" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-now-we-die-listen#comments Machine Head News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:27:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22436 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Killers & Kings" http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-killers-kings <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of last weekend's Record Store Day, Machine Head released a 10-inch single with the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers &amp; Kings." </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>P.S.: The B-side of the single is a cover of Ignite's "Our Darkest Days."</p> <p>Machine Head are hard at work in the studio working on their eighth full-length album. Stay tuned for details!</p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/trljQDE54Sw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/trljQDE54Sw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-killers-kings#comments Machine Head News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:57:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21079 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Part Ways with Bassist Adam Duce http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-part-ways-bassist-adam-duce <!--paging_filter--><p>Machine Head have parted ways with bassist Adam Duce (pictured at far left).</p> <p>Duce has been a member of the band since its formation in 1991, along with vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn.</p> <p>The band released a brief <a href="http://www.machinehead1.com/board_posts/machine-head-and-bassist-adam-duce-part-ways">statement on its website, </a>saying, "The split is amicable, and Machine Head would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors. The band will continue on for the time being as a three-piece."</p> <p>Machine Head have begun writing the follow-up to <em>Unto The Locust</em>, and the new album is expected to be released later this year.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-part-ways-bassist-adam-duce#comments Adam Duce Machine Head News Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:44:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff 17850 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Claim Disney is Behind Cancellation of December 4 House of Blues Show http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-claim-disney-behind-cancellation-december-4-house-blues-show <!--paging_filter--><p>In a news item posted on Machine Head's official website this morning, the band claim Walt Disney Properties is behind the cancellation of yet another Machine Head show. </p> <p>The item also claims Machine Head are on Disney's "banned list."</p> <p>Here's the complete post, which you also can view <a href="http://machinehead1.com/board_posts/disney-forces-another-machine-head-cancellation?page=1">here</a>.</p> <p>"For the third time in a row, the corporate powers behind Walt Disney Properties have pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance at a House of Blues venue on Disney property, this time the December 4 show in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p>"While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested Machine Head remains on a 'banned list,' and while Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder will still be allowed to play, the corporate powers at Disney have refused to allow Machine Head to perform.</p> <p>"In 2007, Walt Disney Properties banned Machine Head from the House Of Blues venues in Anaheim and Orlando, citing 'violent imagery,' 'inflammatory lyrics' and most appallingly 'undesirable fans' as the reason. The diversity-impaired corporation began pressuring the promoter with vague threats of liability and reduced job security before placing Machine Head under an internal 'review process.' Five days later, Walt Disney Properties would convey their alarming decision to the band, less than 48 hours before the first date of 2007's anti-war, anti-religion, anti-conservative-themed <em>The Blackening</em> album headline run at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>"Machine Head wish to once again extend their gratitude to Live Nation and the House Of Blues for their poise and tolerance throughout these ridiculous developments, unbelievably transpiring here in these United States Of America in this year 2012.</p> <p>"As they are not on Disney property and therefore not subject to the corporation's alleged coercionary tactics, the current dates with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder at the Dallas and Houston House Of Blues will go on as scheduled. Unfortunately, Machine Head’s Florida performance will not be rescheduled in an effort to avoid creating any conflict with the existing dates on the tour. All refund requests will be honored."</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-claim-disney-behind-cancellation-december-4-house-blues-show#comments Machine Head News Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:10:32 +0000 Damian Fanelli 17083 at http://www.guitarworld.com Peavey and Machine Head's Robb Flynn Celebrate 20 Years of the 6505 Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-and-machine-heads-robb-flynn-celebrate-20-years-6505-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p>Peavey is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its 6505 Series guitar amplifier line.</p> <p>“The Peavey 6505 Series has earned its place in rock history as the guitar amplifiers of choice for a wide range of top rock and metal artists,” said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics.</p> <p>The Peavey 6505 has helped define the down-tuned sound of modern metal in the arsenals of artists like Machine Head and producers such as Colin Richardson, Andy Sneap and Jason Suecof, who have produced the most enduring metal and hard rock albums of the past two decades.</p> <p>“The 6505 was the first amp you could plug into for that heavier, thrashier tone,” Sneap said.</p> <p>One of the keys to bringing metal’s new lows to the masses was Peavey’s patented Resonance circuit, which keeps the extreme low-end tight where other amps cannot. Resonance causes dramatic changes to the low-end response and allows the speaker to recreate the extended low frequencies with clarity and punch. Resonance is still a key ingredient of the 6505 sound today.</p> <p>Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has used the amp since the recording sessions for his band’s debut, <em>Burn My Eyes</em>, in the early ‘90s. “We were trying to get a modern, heavy tone,” he said. “And when we came across [the 6505], it was crushing. It’s got a really incredible midrange growl that works so well. That guitar tone has pretty much defined a generation of guitar tone.”</p> <p>The 6505 legacy continues today with an artist roster that includes Bullet For My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Black Veil Brides, The Devil Wears Prada, Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red and more.</p> <p>The Peavey 6505 Series includes the original 6505 head; the 6505 Plus, which features two independent channels; the 6534 Plus, outfitted with EL34 tubes for a more British-sounding tone; and two combo versions of the 6505 Plus, a 1x12 and a 2x12.</p> <p>Learn more about the Peavey 6505 and check out artist videos and sound clips at <a href="http://www.peavey.com/6505/">peavey.com/6505</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CC2VoL_k4Zg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>For more about Peavey, visit <a href="http://www.peavey.com/">peavey.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-and-machine-heads-robb-flynn-celebrate-20-years-6505-guitar-amp#comments Machine Head Peavey Robb Flynn News Fri, 03 Aug 2012 21:23:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 16451 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-robb-flynn-lovedeath-baritone-flying-v <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the July 2012 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=loudproud">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>In the following video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario check out the brand new Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V from Epiphone, which features a 27-inch scale giving it the low-end punch of a baritone with the classic feel of the Flying V.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1644814560001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1644814560001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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You can watch video of the performance below.</p> <p>If you didn't catch the action live last night, you can still replay the event today only right <a href="http://www.facebook.com/revolvermag/app_326957207366280">here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/L6l3BMxxUPU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/trivium">Trivium</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/corey-taylor-rob-flynn-join-trivium-cover-metallicas-creeping-death-golden-gods#comments Machine Head Metallica Slipknot Stone Sour Trivium News Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:49:13 +0000 Josh Hart 15322 at http://www.guitarworld.com Machine Head Drummer Dave McClain Posts Drum Parts, Drum Transcription for "I Am Hell" http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-drummer-dave-mcclain-posts-drum-parts-drum-transcription-i-am-hell <!--paging_filter--><p>Yes, we know this is GUITARworld.com, but we figured the Machine Head fans out there would still find this interesting.</p> <p>Machine Head drummer Dave McClain has posted the drum parts, drum-set diagram and drum transcription for the <em>Unto The Locust</em> track "I Am Hell" at drummagazine.com.</p> <p>McClain worked for a long time with the drumming magazine, and it's a detailed lesson with notes. <a href="http://www.drummagazine.com/lessons/post/drum-parts-dave-mcclains-i-am-hell/">It is available on the website's Lessons section.</a></p> <p>If you're more interested in what Machine Head's guitarists are up to, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robb-flynn-and-phil-demmel-machine-head">check out our recent Dear Guitar Hero feature with Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-drummer-dave-mcclain-posts-drum-parts-drum-transcription-i-am-hell#comments Damian Fanelli Machine Head News Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:14:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli 14970 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dear Guitar Hero: Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robb-flynn-and-phil-demmel-machine-head <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a <em>Dear Guitar Hero</em> feature with guitarists Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head. All the questions were provided by <em>Guitar World</em> readers.</p> <p><strong>Q: Who is the weirdest musician you have ever met? -- Jenna Swift</strong></p> <p>ROBB FLYNN: Dimebag Darrell was a weirdo, in the best way possible! When you were around him, you'd get sucked up into this tornado of lunacy that would take you down these ridiculous paths where you would usually have the best night of your life. He would be like, "We're all gonna paint our beards pink!" And I'd be like, "What?" We toured with Pantera twice, and he was by far one of the greatest characters that I've ever met in my life.</p> <p><strong>Q: Your last record, <em>The Blackening</em>, was amazing. Did you feel any extra pressure to top it on your new album, <em>Unto the Locust</em>? -- Billy Frank</strong></p> <p>PHIL DEMMEL: We always want to make a better record than the previous one or do something different, and that was no different with this record. We really wanted to push ourselves, performance-wise, more than we had in the past and incorporate classical influences and a lot more singing. So there's always a little bit of pressure to do better.</p> <p><strong>Q: "Who We Are" [from <em>Unto the Locust</em>] has children singing on it. It's really creepy. What inspired that section, and where did you find the kids? -- Geoff Kritz</strong></p> <p>FLYNN: They're my two sons, Phil's son, and my engineer Juan [Urteaga]'s two girls. When I wrote that section, I was playing that intro part on an acoustic guitar and singing those lyrics. My kids were wrestling downstairs -- I have a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old -- and they started singing a song just out of nowhere. When I heard it, I thought, Wow, it would be so cool to have this song start off with kids singing.</p> <p><strong>Q: How did you get that super-high-gain guitar sound on <em>Unto the Locust</em> and keep the notes so clear? -- Kevin Williams</strong></p> <p>FLYNN: I have a [Peavey] 5150 amp that I've used forever. I've had him for 14 years and call him "Bubba." I literally have him in a high-security storage area. He comes out to record and then he goes right back in. He never goes on tour. Bubba hasn't been modified at all. It's just one of those magical heads that you come across in your life that stands head and shoulders above the rest. I use that and a Marshall. There is a lot less gain on it than you'd think, and that's part of how we get the clarity and picking definition. A lot of it has to do with my right hand and just being cognizant of my playing. I play all the rhythms, so that really makes it tighter overall. And Phil will come in and do overdubs and leads.</p> <p><strong>Q: You often use natural harmonics to accent riffs, like on "Davidian" from <em>Burn My Eyes</em> and "This Is the End" from <em>Unto the Locust</em>. How did that technique find its way into your style? -- Jon Richards</strong></p> <p>FLYNN: When I first started playing guitar, I was really influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost and D.R.I. Those bands would sometimes do these stops in their songs, where they'd let their guitars feed back. At the time, I was learning how to play on a $45 guitar my dad had rented that came with a little 6-inch practice amp. I didn't even know what feedback was. </p> <p>At some point, I stumbled on hitting the harmonic and I thought that was feedback. So when the feedback part came along on a song like Celtic Frost's "Morbid Tales," I would just hit the harmonic. Over time I realized I had learned it wrong. But as I became a songwriter, I still thought it sounded cool, so I started bringing that into my style. At this point it has become the trademark sound of Machine Head. It's just one of those magical accidents that happens as you're learning, and you just roll with it.</p> <p><strong>Q: Robb, what piece of gear is the most crucial to your sound and why? -- Carter Burke</strong></p> <p>FLYNN: The Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress [flanger], which is a big old hunking, 9-inch-wide pedal. It's one of the stomp boxes that I use religiously on every album. I use that thing so much, I can't even tell you. It's one of the best pedals ever invented. Listen to the opening riff of "Imperium" [from 2003's <em>Through the Ashes of Empires</em>]; that effect is on both the clean part and the heavy part. </p> <p>You can basically hear it in any clean tone on any of our records, like at the beginning of "Aesthetics of Hate" [on 2007's <em>The Blackening</em>]. The way that it flanges is unlike any other flange I've found. It's got this watery, glassy tone to it that makes almost anything sound better. I've actually gotta be careful I don't overuse it, because I like it so much.</p> <p><strong>Q: In your opinion, what is the greatest thrash-metal record of all time? -- Johnny D</strong></p> <p>DEMMEL: Of course, there's Slayer’s <em>Reign in Blood</em>. I was brought up on Slayer; they’re the first thrash band I ever saw live. Metallica’s <em>Ride the Lightning</em> is a great thrash album too. It’s probably my favorite Metallica record. And Exodus’ <em>Bonded by Blood</em> is right up there. So I’m gonna do a three-way tie -- a three-headed crown of thrash! [laughs]</p> <p>FLYNN: The greatest thrash-metal record to me would be <em>Bonded by Blood</em>. Growing up in the Bay Area, Exodus were the craziest of all the thrash bands, particularly on that album. Their singer, Paul Baloff, was fucking bat-shit crazy, like a fucking psychopath. When they played shows, he just had this incredible knack for winding up the crowd into a bloodthirsty frenzy. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. Exodus shows back then were the most crazy and violent shows that there were, period. </p> <p>That record was the soundtrack to my life for years. The first solo that I ever learned how to play was Gary Holt’s lead on the song “Bonded by Blood.” That record just had such a huge impact on me. Everything about it impacted me: the riffs, the little bit of melody, the attitude. They should have been in the Big Four. They were there, for real, at the beginning.</p> <p><strong>Q: Phil, you’ve talked about how Dimebag Darrell inspired you. What is your favorite Dime story? -- Brandon Wagemann</strong></p> <p>DEMMEL: I met Dimebag once at the Download Festival in the U.K. Damageplan were supposed to play right before us. They rolled up, and they’d been on a two-day drinking binge. Dime opened the door to their van and just freaked when he saw us, because he hadn’t seen Machine Head since I joined the band. <em>Through the Ashes of Empires</em> had just come out, and Dime came up to me. He’s all, “You brought the shred into Machine Head. I love your work, brother.” </p> <p>It was amazing hearing that from him. Then I watched him do four more shots before they played, warm up a little bit on Robb’s guitar, and go up there and just absolutely kill it live. It was just flawless. That was a couple of months before he passed away. I’m happy I got to share that moment with him and witness him, just to be able to testify that the man was exactly everything he was billed to be.</p> <p><strong>Q: Phil, why does one of your instruments have polka dots, like Randy Rhoads’ guitar? -- Marilyn McCracken</strong></p> <p>DEMMEL: I started playing maybe a year before [Ozzy Osbourne’s 1980 solo debut] <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em> came out. My first concert was a festival called Day on the Green in 1981, which Ozzy, Loverboy, Pat Travers, Blue Öyster Cult and Heart headlined. Ozzy went on at 10 in the morning and we got there at, like, 6 to get up front. I remember watching Randy Rhoads play. I was so impressed by how he performed with such passion. He felt every note that he was playing. He believed in everything that he was doing. </p> <p>His performance made me admire not only his playing but also the way that he was selling it and the way that he was feeling it. He was such an innovative metal guitar player. You really remember his leads; you can hum his solos. I wanted to incorporate that into my lead playing, especially on <em>Unto the Locust</em>. He is a legend, and he was taken too soon. So on my signature guitar, I use [Rhoads’ signature polka-dot] paint job to pay tribute. I have another one that pays tribute to [guitarist] Michael Schenker, ’cause they’re my top two dudes.</p> <p><em>Photo: Travis Shinn</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robb-flynn-and-phil-demmel-machine-head#comments Dear Guitar Hero January Machine Head Phil Demmel Robb Flynn 2012 Interviews Features Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:54:08 +0000 Kory Grow 14966 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Machine Head Invite 13-Year-Old Fan Onstage for Performance http://www.guitarworld.com/video-machine-head-invite-13-year-old-fan-onstage-performance <!--paging_filter--><p>Continuing to be not only one of the better thrash bands around, but one of the coolest, Machine Head invited a 13-year-old fan on stage last night in Buffalo, New York, for a rendition of "Aesthetics of Hate" from their 2007 album, <em>The Blackening</em>.</p> <p>Thirteen-year-old Anthony Potenza was holding up a sign that read "Let This 13-Year-Old Play 'Aesthetics Of Hate' With You" -- a move that worked for another fan back in 2010 -- and was ushered up on stage to join the band.</p> <p>How did Anthony do? Check out the video below to see for yourself.</p> <p>Machine Head are on tour with Suicide Silence in support of their latest album, <em>Unto the Locust</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LoWjFOTGgbM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-machine-head-invite-13-year-old-fan-onstage-performance#comments Machine Head News Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:21:27 +0000 Josh Hart 14429 at http://www.guitarworld.com February 2012 Guitar World Out Now: Pink Floyd, Opeth, Black Keys, 50 Years of Ernie Ball http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2012-guitar-world-out-now-pink-floyd-opeth-black-keys-50-years-ernie-ball <!--paging_filter--><p>The February 2012 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine <a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=9&amp;products_id=291&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB12">is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p>Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason tell the story behind the making of <em>Meddle</em> and <em>Wish You Were Here</em>, the two prog-rock classics that book-ended their 1973 masterpiece, <em>The Dark Side of the Moon</em>. </p> <p>The 1971 album <em>Meddle</em> set the group on the path to success, while 1975’s <em>Wish You Were Here</em> cemented the band’s reputation for creating groundbreaking multimedia arena shows. </p> <p>The new issue also includes a free poster of previously unseen Pink Floyd artwork by <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-designer-storm-thorgerson-reflects-pink-floyd-and-30-years-landmark-album-art">Storm Thorgerson</a>, who designed many of the group’s album covers.</p> <p><strong>Other features in this issue include:</strong></p> <p>• The Black Keys: Guitarist Dan Auerbach gets his motor running for an in-depth discussion about the group’s latest album, <em>El Camino</em>.</p> <p>• Opeth: Mikael Akerfeldt and Fredrik Akesson tell how Opeth incurred the wrath of die-hard modern metal fans with their latest album, <em>Heritage</em>.</p> <p>• Korn: On <em>The Path of Totality</em>, Korn merge heavy riffs with dubstep to take their innovative sound even further off the map.</p> <p>• 50 Years of Ernie Ball: When it came to guitar strings, Ernie Ball was a game changer who revolutionized the industry. As his company turns 50, it looks back at his history and looks ahead to a yearlong celebration of innovative new products.</p> <p>• Soundcheck: Yamaha A1M and A3R A Series acoustic-electric guitars, Boss BC-2 Combo Drive and FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster pedals, Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious seven-string baritone, EMG James Hetfield Signature pickups and much more!</p> <p><a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=9&amp;products_id=291&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB12">For more information or to order, head to the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2012-guitar-world-out-now-pink-floyd-opeth-black-keys-50-years-ernie-ball#comments Black Keys Hubert Sumlin Machine Head Opeth Pink Floyd News Features Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:40:14 +0000 Guitar World Staff 14041 at http://www.guitarworld.com