Since the release of "The Blackening" in March of 2007, San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have toured incessantly, playing more than 300 shows in support of the Grammy-nominated album. And while this three-year-long album cycle has seen MACHINE HEAD share U.S. and European stages as main support to METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON and MEGADETH, headline the Jägermeister stage on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and headline the legendary Wacken Open Air festival to over 85,000 people, it hasn't seen them on a full-fledged headline tour, playing full-length sets. Until now.
Starting January 23, 2010, "The Black Procession" will tear through Europe, alongside brethren in heaviness HATEBREED, BLEEDING THROUGH, and ALL SHALL PERISH, for what promises to be night-after-night of unbridled power! MACHINE HEAD singer/guitarist Robb Flynn says, "After three years of touring we are beyond stoked to finish this tour cycle on our own terms, with our show, our stage, our production, our control, and we're lucky enough to bring three of our favorite bands along with us, it's going to be fucking massive!!!" MACHINE HEAD have also decided to do things a little differently for the fans this time around and will be playing two or more intimate shows in 3,000-4,000-seat venues instead of the massive arena shows fans have grown accustomed to. Bassist Adam Duce adds, "Having done arenas now since 'The Black Crusade' as well as the METALLICA and SLIPKNOT tours, we thought it would be killer to give the fans a chance to have a couple different setlists, and mix things up a bit. It's gonna be fun for us to see which gems we dig up!!!"
HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta says, "MACHINE HEAD and HATEBREED on the same stages across Europe?!?! This will be the heaviest and most pit-inducing tour of 2010. Make no mistake, if you miss this show, I feel sorry for you!" Brandan Schieppati, vocalist for BLEEDING THROUGH says, "MACHINE HEAD is a band we have all looked up to for years. We consider it an honor to share the stage with our friends in MACHINE HEAD. This will be amazing!" And Eddie Shall Perish from heavy up-and-comers ALL SHALL PERISH adds "This tour will be legendary! We are beyond honored to be a part of this epic event, these bands have all been huge influences to our music and our devotion to this scene. MACHINE HEAD are hometown heroes and Robb Flynn has been championing our new album all over the world and we couldn't be more thankful to MACHINE HEAD for wanting us to be on this insane tour! We also can't wait to destroy Europe with all our friends in HATEBREED and BLEEDING THROUGH! Fuck yeah, this tour kills!!!"
"The Black Procession" will mark the end of the touring cycle for "The Blackening", making it the ABSOLUTE last chance you'll have to catch MACHINE HEAD live before they hunker down to write their next album! So grab your tickets early, because you KNOW you don't want to miss this show!
The dates are as follows:
Jan. 23 - Germany, Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle
Jan. 25 - Germany, Offenbach - Stadhalle
Jan. 26 - Germany, Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
Jan. 29 - Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller
Jan. 30 - Sweden, Stockholm - Arenan
Feb. 03 - Denmark, Copenhagen - Tap 1
Feb. 04 - Holland, Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall
Feb. 05 - Belgium, Brussels - Forest National
Feb. 06 - France, Paris - Zenith
Feb. 08 - Switzerland, Zurich - Volkshaus / Sportznetrum
Feb. 09 - Italy, Milan - Alcatraz
Feb. 10 - Austria, Vienna - Gasometer
Feb. 12 - Germany, Munich - Zenith
Feb. 13 - Germany, Leipzig - Haus Avensee
Feb. 14 - Germany, Koln - Palladium
Feb. 16 - UK, Plymouth - Pavilion
Feb. 18 - UK, London - Academy Brixton
Feb. 21 - UK, Birmingham - Academy Birmingham
Feb. 23 - UK, Glasgow - Academy Glasgow
Feb. 26 - UK, Manchester - Manchester Apollo
Professionally filmed video footage of MACHINE HEAD performing the song "Halo" on August 2 at the Sonisphere festival at the legendary Knebworth Park, United Kingdom can be viewed below.