MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern, along with “Burn My Eyes”-era MH members Chris Kontos (drums) and Logan Mader (guitar), recently went into Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and re-recorded the debut album in its entirety.
A video playthrough of the track “Death Church” can be seen below.
MACHINE HEAD announced in March that it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Burn My Eyes” with a special tour. The shows will see Kontos and Mader join the band onstage again to play “Burn My Eyes” in full.
Flynn told Kerrang!: “This ‘Burn My Eyes’ tour is happening. As Kerrang! have speculated, we are recording new music. We are getting to release new music. In fact, the lineup that’ll be going out on tour have actually gone and re-recorded ‘Burn My Eyes’ live in the studio. We plan on dripping that out song by song. It’ll probably be digital-only — just something cool to help celebrate. We filmed ourselves doing it, so there’ll probably be some playthrough videos too.”
He added: “It’s so cool seeing us playing those songs again for the first time, like, ‘How does that riff go?’ or, ‘What was that lyric again?’ There are mistakes, but we just left them in. It was just part of this really special, fun, positive moment.”
The first leg of MACHINE HEAD‘s 25th-anniversary tour for “Burn My Eyes” will kick off in Germany on October 5 in Freiburg, and continue across Europe, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on November 8. The U.S. leg will take place in November and December.
Building on MACHINE HEAD‘s “An Evening With…” format, these shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts: Part one will feature a battery of MACHINE HEAD‘s modern classics, such as “Imperium”, “Halo” and “The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears”, featuring Flynn and MacEachern performing alongside two soon-to-be-announced musicians on guitar and drums. Part two will feature “Burn My Eyes” played in its entirety for the first time ever, with Kontos and Mader joining in.
Kontos left MACHINE HEAD before the release of the band’s second album, 1997’s “The More Things Change”, and was replaced by Dave McClain.
Mader contributed to two MACHINE HEAD albums, the aforementioned “Burn My Eyes” and “The More Things Change”, before exiting the group and being replaced by Ahrue Luster and, later on, Phil Demmel.
McClain and Demmel both left MACHINE HEAD last fall.