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RIP Tony Costanza (Machine Head, Crisis, Crowbar, etc)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:48 AM (PST)

This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.

I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal


Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.

Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.

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My favorite albums of 2018 (Jessica Fisher)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:27 AM (PST)

What a year! Calendar years for me, since I still live by a U.S. academic calendar, starts and ends on a “break.” This time last year I hadn’t really ever seen any of the Star Wars movies before, and over winter break last year I watched them all. This time last year I was finishing up my first semester of grad school and this year I’m finishing up my fourth. This time last year I didn’t believe in the idea of Georgia as a purple state, after Stacy Abrams performance in the midterm, I’m more intrigued than I’ve ever been before. I’m hoping to graduate with my Master’s in American Studies in May. When I write this piece next year, I could  be writing it as a PhD student (or an adjunct professor). I’ve made a conscious effort to listen to more new music in general, inside and outside of metal, this year, and it’s been a good experience. You can check out some of my finds and favorites over at my Medium.

My album of the year: Catharsis by Machine Head

Catharsis has been a necessary album for getting through this year. From the opening decree of “Volatile,” “Awww, fuck the world!” to the folk-punk inspired “Bastards” to the 8 minute “Heavy Lies The Crown” to the closing track, “Eulogy,” this mix of personal and political helped me process and work through my own anger and angst at the socio-political realities we find ourselves in.

Check out the rest of my list here.

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Machine Head narrowly avoid injury in scary bus impact

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:53 PM (PST)

Shout out to Machine Head tonight. The guys narrowly avoided a potentially deadly accident. You can see the footage below.

The band are just near the top of their North American Tour.

We are really glad they are gonna be able to continue and no one was harmed. Catharsis was also picked by staff writer Jessica as one of her top 4 records of January for our site. Nothing more cathartic than living to rock another day!

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January wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:17 PM (PST)

I’ve kind of tried to make extra effort since the start of the new year to keep up listening to the latest albums as they come out (I’m fortunate enough to have a Google Play Music account and I use it profusely).

Since I’ve listened to so many new albums this month, I thought I’d share with you my four favorites.

Check the list out here.

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Machine Head drop new song “Volatile”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Machine Head are preparing to unleash their newest album Catharsis on January 26 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment!

Ahead of that release they’ve dropped on more song, “Volatile.”

Every track off this album so far have been amazing. “Volatile,” for its part, is a political song to remind anyone who’s confused, about the original and long-lasting political bent of heavy metal – “Sick of the white folks privileged and vain // Protesting a culture that isn’t the same // Don’t blame the false elites // When Nazi assholes march the streets.”

You’re going to want to pick up a copy of this album.

In the mean time you can stream “Volatile” and check out tour dates for Machine Head here.

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Machine Head‘s new Bloodstone & Diamonds has proven to be one of the best releases in the long running act’s history. Heck, I honestly am not sure if I have enjoyed any of their albums more and I’ve been into metal for about two decades now. “Cast off the shackles of the past,” sings Rob Flynn as the band grooves hard and even embrace a moody string section on the intro and chorus. The video is pretty good, though not as good as the song itself. The visuals kind of have a Metallica in the 90’s “Until It Sleeps” trying to be weird thing going on before a bunch of gas masked Bodom fans (joke) come along and shoot the guys. But yeah, this record kicks total ass and I’ve gotta find a way into their upcoming NYC date. No thrash band of their high-profile size released anything nearly  as good this year, in my opinion (no offense to Exodus, I just prefer the Rob Dukes-era stuff).

Check “Now We Die” out here and don’t look back. Can we petition for Flynn to have a Game Of Thrones cameo now?

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Stream Machine Head’s new album right now!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM (PST)


As the “Eleanor Rigby”-esque start to this monster becomes audible, emerging from a quiet darkness, you can’t help but feel anticipation build. Machine Head’s latest Bloodstone & Diamonds is streaming now and was worth the wait and extra work that went into it (which forced them to cancel a tour with Children Of Bodom). This is Machine Head all the way, through and through – even if the title sounds like a variation of “Diamonds & Rust”. “Killers & Kings” is maybe my favorite number, a hard charger with an almost Prong feel to the attack. Check the new jams out HERE and get pumped. Every time you want to write him off, Rob comes back harder than ever. This is heavy metal!

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machineheadbloodstonecdCalifornia based thrash outfit Machine Head have released some serious details about their upcoming recording, Bloodstone & Diamonds.  Word is the album is due out in November and will feature a 28 page booklet with the standard issue CD and a 48 page hardcover leather-bound mediabook with the special edition.  The album is being released via Nuclear Blast and was partly recorded at Green Day’s JingleTown Recording (really?) compound in Oakland, California.

To see the track listing, some artwork, and a rather large assemblage of quotes from frontman Robb Flynn click right here.

Bloodstone & Diamonds will be the follow up to 2011’s Unto The Locust and the band’s eight overall effort.  This also marks the first time that the band have ever released an album on a record label other than Roadrunner.  Machine Head will be touring with Battlecross, Children Of Bodom, and Epica through October and into November.  Hopefully they pepper in some new songs so we can get a taste of what to expect.  You can find dates and venues right here.

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Machine Head release “Killers and Kings”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM (PST)


Machine Head‘s latest single “Killers and Kings” is now online and ready to shove a boot in your ear. There is a pretty monstrous breakdown, some rough but on the $ vocal work and great thrashing groove metal the way Machine Head deliver when they are operating on all cylinders. This bodes well.

Click HERE to jam out.

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Video: Machine Head merch guy Pando battles 72 oz Steak

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM (PST)

California heavy metal band Machine Head have posted a video of their long time roadie Pando entering “The Free 72oz Steak Challange” at the The Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo, Texas. If you can eat the whole 72oz steak, a side salad, a baked potato, a dinner roll, and a shrimp cocktail, the meal is “free.”

You can watch it here.

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Mayhem Festival officially announces cruise and line up

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:56 AM (PST)

The Mayhem Festival has officially announced a heavy metal cruise in December 2012 along with the line up, which is amazing.  The cruise will run from December 7-10, 2012 and features Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, Kingdom of Sorrow, Gojira, Born of Osiris, Periphery, Otherwise, Girl On Fire, Anti Mortem, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and more.  Holy crap that’s a killer line up.

The ship will sail from Miami to The Bahamas and back again, so if you live in a colder climate this could be the ultimate winter getaway.

To see the official trailer for the cruise click here.

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Machine Head answers questions from fans

Posted by mattevans on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM (PST)

Machine Head fans get stoked, because Roadrunner has posted a video of singer Rob Flynn answering some of the most important fan questions out there.  Have you ever wondered what Rob’s vocal warm-ups are?  Are you curious about why the band chose to cover a Rush song?  If so, click here to see the video.

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Phil Demmel of Machine Head interviewed in France

Posted by KageDrummer on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM (PST)

Phil Demmel, lead guitarist for California thrashers, Machine Head, was interviewed recently in France. In the interview he discusses how the band won’t limit themselves, how they have changed and progressed over time, and more.

To check out the interview click here.

Machine Head’s latest album, “Unto The Locust,” was released in September 2011 through Roadrunner Records.



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Phil Demmel of Machine Head interviewed

Posted by KageDrummer on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM (PST)

Phil Demmel, guitarist for Californian thrashers, Machine Head, was interviewed recently. In the interview he discusses the band’s current tour, an incident with the opening act and a fan, the new Metallica album, what it’s like opening for Slayer, and the fan’s reactions the new material.

To see the whole interview click here.

Machine Head’s latest album, “Unto The Locust,” was released in September through Roadrunner Records.



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Roadrunner Records signs Gojira

Posted by KageDrummer on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM (PST)

Roadrunner Records has announced that French death metallers, Gojira, have been signed to their label. Guitarist and vocalist Joe Duplantier has stated:

We are so stoked to walk with the legendary Roadrunner. We discovered Sepultura, Machine Head, Death, Fear Factory and so many other great bands thanks to these guys. Roadrunner has been a great source of inspiration for us as metal fans. It’s an honor to be part of this family today as a band. We feel we’ll get the right support at the right moment in our career. We cannot wait to release our new record and get back on the road.

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