While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that 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.
In 2007, Walt Disney Properties banned Machine Head from the House Of Blues venues in both 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 The Blackening album headline run at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
A stunned Machine Head announced the details and disgust regarding the situation and let fans know of the then-rescheduled show 70 miles away at The Glass House in Pomona. In retaliation for that public announcement, Disney cancelled the band's then-upcoming performance at the House Of Blues in Orlando, citing the same absurd reasons, though they would only publicly state that they had "changed musical formats" at the venue.
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.
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.
Machine Head will release their new live album, Machine Fucking Head Live, on November 13th. A free download of the album track, 'This Is The End', is available for free download using the widget below:
Check out a video for 'Imperium', featured on the new album, below:
The best way to experience Machine Head is in the live setting. The Northern California band has established itself as one of the best live acts in the hard rock and metal world, bringing venues and crowds to their knees with flawless onstage execution of their songs. Few, if any, of their peers can deliver the type of sweat-soaked, utterly deafening and fully punishing live sets that the band turns in night after night with near-religious fervor in their native US and across the globe.
That's why the band, who routinely shake the bedrock and foundation of venues, had to put its live fury on tape… again. The band will release Machine Fucking Head Live on November 13th. It's Machine Head's second live effort; Hellalive was released in 2003. Nine years have passed and Machine Head still slay and administer a beating in the live realm.
The band, affectionately known as "Machine Fucking Head" to their fans, who are in turn affectionately known as "Head Cases" and often sing louder than the band at shows, has effectively captured its live firepower.
Machine Fucking Head Live was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It includes songs from the band's expansive catalog, including pit-stirring crowd favorites such as 'Imperium', 'Aesthetics Of Hate', 'Locust', 'Ten Ton Hammer', 'This Is The End' and of course, 'Halo'.
"The Head Cases have been so intense on this tour cycle that we had to start capturing the shows, especially with technology making it so much easier to record," said frontman Robb Flynn. "We culled some of the best nights where the band and crowd were on fire and made a bad ass, nearly tw0-hour, double live album, which is a great documentation of where the band is at 18 years deep."
Machine Fucking Head Live tracklisting:
'I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)'
'Be Still And Know'
'The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears'
'This Is The End'
'Aesthetics Of Hate'
'Ten Ton Hammer'
'Who We Are'