This one’s for my fellow West Coast metal heads! MACHINE HEAD, the absolute metal icon from the Bay Area has released their 10th studio album, ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN’ via Nuclear Blast X Imperium Recordings. The proportions of this album are absolutely epic: 13 tracks tell a complex story of love and companionship set in a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red. The crux of the story is based on two main characters:  Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our main, 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) 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 album’s lyrics detail how their lives intertwine.  The colossal concept album comes with a list of equally colossal packaging for various physical formats, including 16 different vinyl editions worldwide, a deluxe vinyl box set (with bonus tracks), CDs (both old-school long box and jewel box options), multi-color cassettes, and a limited-edition Digipak with bonus tracks.

To make the story come alive and create a more immersive experience for their audience, MACHINE HEAD has made a stunning visualizer breathe life into their lyrics for ‘NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS.  

“We’re really proud of the video for ‘NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS’. It was an incredible collaboration between three different creative teams working across two different continents. Our director/editor Mike Sloat (Machine Head, Testament) teamed up with the amazing Grupa 13 (Behemoth, Amon Amarth) and then the stunning 3-D CGI came from Phil Radford AKA MayaGuy of Strangebox. The track was masterfully mixed by long-time Machine Head collaborator Colin Richardson and his engineer Chris Clancy. This is a really special song from the album.”

 Robb Flynn

‘ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN’ is available online and to download now, but if you want to get your hands on the stunning vinyl collectible formats then you’ll have to be just a bit more patient and wait until Nov 25. But in this case, it makes for a great stocking stuffer for your fav metal head.

 Catch MACHINE HEAD on tour across the UK & Europe in August, with Amon Amarth and special guests, The Halo Effect. For ticket info, click here.

German/Polish student located in the Bay Area, exploring the US through music and art. Follow me on Insta @nicoleworldtraveller to join me on my adventures!
German/Polish student located in the Bay Area, exploring the US through music and art. Follow me on Insta @nicoleworldtraveller to join me on my adventures!

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