Machine Head will release their tenth studio album Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn, on 26 August 2022. The first single, Chøke Øn The Ashes Øf Yøur Hate, has been released, and the band will embark on the Vikings and Lionhearts tour with Amon Amarth later this year.
“Thanks to my two teenage boys, my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called Attack On Titan,” Robb Flynn says. “The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ guy – both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being. But make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track Slaughter The Martyr is basically our character #1’s origin story.”
Character #1 Ares, pronounced Aries, is the lead who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.
Character #2 Eros, pronounced Arrows, is the perpetrator who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end, manifesting his own killing spree.
The Vikings And Lionhearts arena tour will see Machine Head and Amon Amarth co-headline dates through the UK and Europe. They are joined by The Halo Effect, a new band featuring five luminaries of Swedish melodic death metal and pioneers of the genre; Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, Jesper Stromblad, Niclas Engelin and Mikael Stanne.
“Head Cases and Lionhearts rejoice,” Flynn says. “It is with great pleasure we announce our triumphant return to your land to crush skulls, pummel circle pits, and deplete your beer supply!! Only this time we will not be alone. That’s right! For the first time in nearly a decade, Machine Head will be foregoing our usual ‘Evenings with…’ to join forces with our battle-hardened brothers in the all-powerful Amon Amarth, plus their fellow countrymen, The Halo Effect.
“This absolute monster of a tour will kick off Autumn 2022 and will be the most devastating night of your Metal lives. So get ready to raise your fists, raise your glasses, and bang your heads with us at the heaviest tour of the year! No one can resist the pure power of this epic alliance. We are coming for you!”
Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn can be pre-ordered from machinehead.bfan.link/of-kingdom-and-crown
Tour tickets are available from livenation.co.uk/artist-machine-head-232
Fri 16th Sept – ZURICH – Hallenstadion
Sat 17th Sept – VIENNA – Stadthalle
Sun 18th Sept – KRAKOW – Tauron Arena
Tue 20th Sept – TALLINN – Saku Arena
Wed 21st Sept – HELSINKI – Ice Hall
Fri 23rd Sept – OSLO – Spektrum
Sat 24th Sept – STOCKHOLM – Hovet
Mon 26th Sept – COPENHAGEN – Forum Black Box
Tue 27th Sept – HAMBURG – Barclays Arena
Wed 28th Sept – FRANKFURT – Festhalle
Fri 30th Sept – OBERHAUSEN – König Pilsener Arena
Sat 1st Oct – BERLIN – Velodrome
Sun 2nd Oct – AMSTERDAM – Afas Live
Tue 4th Oct – MILAN – Lorenzini District
Thu 6th Oct – BARCELONA – Sant Jordi
Fri 7th Oct – MADRID – Vistalegre
Sat 8th Oct – LA CORUNA – Coliseum
Sun 9th Oct – LISBON – Campo Pequeno
Wed 12th Oct – PARIS – Zenith
Fri 14th Oct – MUNICH – Olympiahalle
Sat 15th Oct – LEIPZIG – Arena
Sun 16th Oct – PRAGUE – Tipsport Arena
Tue 18th Oct – BUDAPEST – Barba Negra
Thu 20th Oct – ESCH SUR ALZETTE – Rockhal
Fri 21st Oct – BRUSSELS – Forest National
Sat 22nd Oct – STUTTGART – Schleyerhalle