On Record Store Day (April 19th), Machine Head released a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings" via Nuclear Blast. On May 17th the band played the song live for the first time ever in Pomona, CA at the Scion Rock Fest:
Never heard or released before, Machine Head fans have been waiting for new music from the band for the last three years and "Killers & Kings" does not disappoint. Side B of the release features Machine Head covering a track by the southern CA hardcore outfit Ignite.
“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both Metallica demos, Exodus demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of Pleasure Of The Flesh by Exodus, easily two years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we're gonna do that for you. I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff."
This limited edition 10” also features four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.
'Killers & Kings' 10” tracking listing:
"Killers & Kings" (demo version)
"Our Darkest Days/Bleeding" (Ignite cover)
Check out a full length clip of "Killers & Kings" below:
Machine Head are currently hard at work on their new album slated for a summer 2014 release. The record is being produced at GREEN DAY's Oakland, California based JingleTown Recording studio by band leader Robb Flynn and engineered by renowned Juan Urteaga who already worked for bands like TESTAMENT, HEATHEN and EXODUS.
Machine Head recently posted the second video blog about the production process for their as-of-yet-untitled eighth studio album.
The first production blog can be viewed below: