Machine Head Announce New Lineup With Decapitated, Ex-Devilment Members

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Machine Head are just days away from the October 5th kickoff of their Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour, which features the return of that album’s alumni Logan Mader and Chris Kontos (who joined back up after the 2018 departure of Phil Demmel and Dave McClain).

Today, October 1st, bandleader Robb Flynn issued a statement announcing the addition of two new full-time members: Vogg Kiełtyka (Decapitated) and Matt Alston (ex-Devilment).

“It is an honor to perform alongside Matt and Vogg, these two are straight up ‘elite-level’ players, and fucking BEASTS on-stage,” Flynn said. “I cannot wait for the Head Cases of the world get crushed by the heaviness that they will bring! Let’s do this!”

Kiełtyka and Alston will be joining Machine Head on the upcoming tour, which is touted as a two-set, three-hour experience. For part one of the show, the two new members will join Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern to play a selection of Machine Head “modern classics.” Part two will see Kontos and Mader step in with Machine Head to perform their debut album Burn My Eyes in its entirety for the first time ever.

“It’s a huge honour to be able to play at the same stage with the mighty Machine Head,” said Kiełtyka for his part. “I grew up on their music and when I heard I will join them on this tour, I was literally stoked! As a thirteen years old I was learning songs from Burn My Eyes which is still one of my favorite albums ever, that album had also a big influence on my playing and my guitar skills. Machine Head is not just a band, it’s an institution who has still a big influence on how all metal scene looks like, so for me as a musician and also a metal fan it’s something special to be able to be a small part of it. That will be definitely a huge lesson and experience for me to be a part of such a professional team. Adventure begins, I cannot wait!”

Kiełtyka will continue to perform double-duty with Decapitated, and assured fans that he will see “you also during Decapitated shows in 2020. We do plan also to compose new music for next Decapitated album so keep an eye on more news!”

“I’m honoured to announce that I will be playing drums for Machine Head for the next world tour cycle alongside Chris Kontos on their Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour,” Alston added in the statement. “It was a pleasure working for MH over last years world tour, but now having the opportunity to be playing their songs is something I never would have imagined while growing up and listening to their music … Needless to say I can’t fucking wait to get on the road!”

Tickets are available: HERE

05.10   D    FREIBURG Sick Arena Musikclub
07.10   NL  Holland, TILBURG 013 *SOLD-OUT*
09.10   DK  COPENHAGEN Amager Bio  *SOLD-OUT*
11.10   D    WUERZBURG Posthalle  *SOLD-OUT*
12.10   D    LEIPZIG Haus Auensee
14.10   D    BOCHUM Ruhr Congress
15.10   D    MUNICH Zenith
16.10   A    VIENNA Gasometer
18.10   P    GDANSK B90
19.10   P    WARSAW Progressja *SOLD-OUT*
20.10   HU  BUDAPEST Baba Negra *SOLD-OUT*
22.10   CH  ZURICH Komplex
23.10   F     LYON Le Radiant **
25.10   I     MILAN Live Club
26.10   I     PADOVA Hall
27.10   L     Lux Expo
29.10   F     PARIS Le Trianon *SOLD-OUT*
30.10   F     PARIS Le Trianon *SOLD-OUT*
31.10   B     BRUSSELS Forest National

02.11   UK    LONDON O2 Academy Brixton *SOLD-OUT*
04.11   UK    MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse *SOLD-OUT*
05.11   UK    GLASGOW O2 Academy *SOLD-OUT*
07.11   UK    BELFAST Telegraph Building
08.11   IRL   DUBLIN Olympia Theatre *SOLD-OUT*

20.12   CA    HOLLYWOOD, The Hollywood Palladium


19. 04   E   ZARAGOZA, Teatro de las Esquinas
21.04    E   SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Capitol
23.04    P   OPORTO, Coliseu de Porto
24.04    P   LISBON, Coliseu de Lisboa
25.04    E   MADRID, La Riviera
27.04    E   MALAGA, Paris 15
28.04    E   MURCIA, Gamma
29.04    E   VALENCIA, Republicca

01.05    E        BARCELONA, Razzmatazz
02.05    F        TOULOUSE, Le Bikini
05.05    D        LUDWIGSBURG, MHP Arena
06.05    D        WIESBADEN, Schlachthof
08.05    D        HANNOVER, Swiss Life Hall
09.05    CZ      PRAGUE, Forum Karlin
10.05    SK      BRATISLAVA, Refinery Gallery
12.05    RO      BUCHAREST, Quantic Club
13.05    BG      SOFIA, Universiada Hall
15.05    GR      THESSALONIKI, Fix Factory Of Sound
16.05    GR      ATHENS, Piraeus Academy
20.05    UA      KIEV, Stereoplaza
22.05    RUS    MOSCOW, 1930 Moscow
23.05    RUS    ST PETERSBURG, A2
25.05    FIN     HELSINKI, The Circus
28.05    S        STOCKHOLM, Fryhuset Arenan
29.05    N        OSLO, Sentrum Scene
30.05    DK      AARHUS, Train

01.06    D   HAMBURG, Grosse Freiheit 36
02.06    D   UTRECHT, Tivoliredenburg
03.06    F    LILLE, Aeronef

05.06  GB    LONDON, Alexandra Palace
06.06  GB    BIRMINGHAM Academy