While the coronavirus quarantine has left millions of people re-evaluating their priorities and learning to work from home, it hasn’t stopped many of metal’s biggest bands from releasing new material to critical acclaim. Only last week, fans got a taste of new Rob Zombie material; now, it looks like Bay Area sluggers Machine Head will drop a new track on November 13th, for which they’ve released a new teaser trailer.
The track, “My Hands Were Empty,” was originally scheduled to come out November 6th, but was delayed a week “due to COVID-19.” As you’ll hear in the teaser below, the song definitely follows Robb Flynn & Co.’s more recent output in terms of being grand and hypnotic rather than, say, one of their classic muscle-thrash tracks.
Check out the teaser for “My Hands Are Empty” below:
And take a look at the band’s rad art for the single:
The absolute shitshow that is 2020 was rough on Machine Head. In August, the band were forced to announce that all of the band’s future shows would be indefinitely postponed until normalcy resumes.
“It is with great disappointment and frustration that we must inform everyone of the (not so shocking news) that the due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, rescheduled tour dates for 2020 of both Europe and Australia have been cancelled,” said frontman Robb Flynn in a statement on the band’s website.
“These dates will not be rescheduled a third time, and all Machine Head tour dates have been pushed back indefinitely.
“Venues unable to open or currently operate at capacity, along with travel restrictions, and potential quarantines has forced this decision onto us. At the moment, zero venues on the tour have been allowed to reopen, and are not expected to for the foreseeable future. As the Coronavirus continues to ravage the world, 17 of the 19 countries for the EU tour have banned US citizens, and vice-versa.
“As you will know the majority of these dates have been rescheduled once already from the original onset of the pandemic, but without any sign of a likely time when these shows can be playable or a miraculous vaccine appearing, we are making the responsible decision to cancel all our forthcoming shows.
“Full refunds will be available from point of purchase.”
Words by Chris Krovatin