Yesterday Machine Head mainman Robb Flynn took to Facebook Live, and announced the breakup of the band’s current lineup, here are some pertinent details of the video:

  • This past Wednesday Phil Demmel quit the band.
  • The following day, Dave McClain, the band’s long time drummer quite the band.
  • Bassist Jared MacEachern kind of quit, but has since agreed to stick around (he’s the newest guy in the band).
  • The band’s scheduled tour will still be taking place, they see it as a celebration of this era of the band.
  • As per Flynn the members of the band grown apart as people and musicians.
  • Flynn takes the blame for holding on to the reins of the band too tightly, and as a result has suffocated the rest of the band.
  • He details some of the more memorable songs written by the departing pair, giving them credit for helping elevate the band’s music.
  • The future is uncertain, he doesn’t know what will happen next, and that scares him.
  • He talks up the abilities of Demmel and McClain saying that no band could find better musicians to bring into their ranks, nor does he think they will be out of work long.
  • He wishes them well, and nothing but the best.
  • Flynn will take time off and do some soul searching.
  • The tour will be a celebration of what he feels is the band’s best lineup and era of the band.
  • He deems it the end of an era.
  • Jared had originally quit, but has decided to continue with the band.

My gut feeling is he will be back with a new lineup in the future.  Think about it, he is Machine Head, it is his vision, it is his ship to steer.  When I interviewed former guitarist Logan Mader, and asked him about much maligned The Burning Red, he assured me that as much credit as he received, Flynn was the guy that was in charge.  Had he of been with the band during that time period, he more than likely would have been in a tracksuit as well.  Look at metal history, and see how Dave Mustaine has built, and rebuilt Megadeth, calling each new lineup the band’s best.  I expect Flynn to do the same, as It would be difficult for him to move forward under another name, given that his label, and promoters know what kind of a commodity that name actually is.  Unless you see him putting together some sort of supergroup, but even that may not make the same kind of dent.

Whether you like the band or not, they have been a huge influence on countless bands.  You can’t dispute that Burn My Eyes, and The Blackening are two seminal metal albums, and that doesn’t even account for all of the other great albums they’ve released.  You look at bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Pantera, and the next band to come along in that discussion, and make a huge impact on metal is Machine Head.  If you don’t subscribe to what I’m saying, look at how many other bands outside of them that have come along in the front half of 90s and has headlined as many major festivals as them.  Even if you take into consideration bands that came after them, Slipknot and System Of A Down are the only other bands in the same kind of league.

If the band just goes away, there will be a huge hole left to fill in metal.  You can’t make everyone happy, but if Flynn decides to continue the band in about a year, I don’t think the majority of fans will begrudge him for doing so.  Could some time off bring the band back together?  Could Logan Mader come back into the fold after becoming clean and sober, and gaining a wealth of knowledge while being a highly sought after producer?  We’ll have to wait and see.  Best of luck to everyone associated to the band.

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of earpeelerMars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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