By Machine Head

Metal Hammer U.K. Machine Head cover story on stands this Thursday, May 23rd  

  • Comes with a free MH 25th anniversary patch and a Burn My Eyes poster.
  • Plus the story behind ‘Burn My Eyes’
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Metal Hammer U.K. conducted an in-depth interview with Machine Head founder Robb Flynn to talk about the upcoming ‘Burn My Eyes' 25th anniversary tour, the previous line-up’s implosion, and the future of Machine Head.

With early copies of the magazine already in the hands of subscribers, covers and clips have been posted all over the internet, here are some excerpts:
On celebrating 25 years of one of the most influential modern metal records of all-time, and the upcoming London and Paris shows selling out in less than 8 hours:

“I am ready to just wreck these fucking crowds,“ he grins. “I am ready to make motherfuckers lose their fucking minds! I want people to walk away from the shows, physically and mentally exhausted to the point of ecstasy, you know what I mean? I want people to see the world differently after this tour and I think they will. It’s going to be fucking amazing, dude!”

On the price of fame: 
“The world got to watch me get divorced on the world wide web,” Robb notes with a weary chuckle. “That’s the price of living your life in public. Sure you get to share your travels around the world and all the high points, but you also get to share all the bad points too. I didn’t want to pretend it wasn’t happening and then, at the end of the tour, announced that they were leaving. We’ve had a painfully honest relationship with our fans, and that’s been an amazing thing. It’s really created an incredible bond. We’ve gone on this journey together and there’s no way I could look myself in the eye and pretend that this didn’t happen for six weeks, just to protect the Head Cases. So we dealt with and put it out there."

On the “new heaviness” that he teased on his Instagram live, including a new song called “Do Or Die” that is a brutal and intense response to anyone who thought Robb might be considering quitting Machine Head:

“I wrote the music for ”Do Or Die" back in August, before everything happened,“ he recalls. “Two days after that announcement on Facebook Live, I was back in the studio and working on ideas and lyrics. I guess I was really just pissed off that day. After all the haters and all the negativity, all the bullshit.  It’s vicious!  I know a lot of our popular songs are very metaphorical, like Now We Die and Halo, and I love that. I love writing a violent poetry, if you will. But other times I just gotta get shit off my chest. Like Jamey Jasta always says, 'it’s ignorant-ass Oakland Metal! Ha ha ha!'“

On whether there was a time he thought about throwing in the towel after Phil and Dave quit: 
“Look, I’m 51 years old and I’ve been doing this since I was 17. I’m pathetically unqualified to do anything else. This is it for me. I write songs. I write Machine Head songs. This is what I do. I’m damn fucking good at it and I am going to keep doing it. I would’ve hoped that we could’ve worked it out with Phil and Dave, but it didn’t, so yeah, I’m going to keep on writing songs for Machine Head, because that’s what I have to do."