Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel recently told The Nervous Breakdown that the band expects to begin writing a new album in 2013 and hopes they will begin recording before the end of that year. He states:
“After this tour, we want to get in and start writing. We’ve got a couple of things for next year, but for the most part we want to get in and hopefully start recording before the end of the year next year. Have we thought about directions or any of that? It hasn’t really been agreed upon yet. I think we’re just going to write like we have been. Our formula has been to just come up with something and see what happens. Nothing contrived, you know? That’s how ‘Darkness Within’ happened, and that’s how a lot of the stuff on the last album happened, so we’ll just see how we progress. Robb took classical lessons before the last record, so I think it’s just going to be an amalgamation of everything we’ve learned so far. We keep evolving, and it’s not going to be ‘Blackening II’ and it’s not going to be ‘Unto The Locust II’. I think it’s going to be our strongest record.”
Machine Head’s latest album, Unto the Locust, was released in September 2011 through Roadrunner Records.