Metal Talk conducted an interview with drummer Dave McClain of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD when the band played at Wembley Arena in London, England on December 3, 2011 as part of “The Eighth Plague Tour” with BRING ME THE HORIZON, DEVILDRIVER and DARKEST HOUR. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
When asked for his opinion on why U.K. heavy metal fans seems to be so “mental” compared to those in a lot of other territories, McClain said, “I think people over here live and breathe metal way more than in a lot of places, especially more so than in the United States. Over here, you have great magazines, you have great radio shows, you have all kinds of stuff that are geared towards metal. It’s not really about what’s crammed down your throat. A lot of times in America that kind of dictates where things go. Over here, you just have rabid fans, you have an amazing history of music, of metal — from back in the Castle Donington days to Download to Sonisphere now. It’s a great place for metal.”
MACHINE HEAD‘s new album, “Unto The Locust”, sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s 17-year history. Even more impressively, this is the third consecutive album to show at least a 20 percent increase in sales over its predecessor, a virtually unprecedented feat for any band or artist, let alone a metal band in 2011. Add to that the fact that MACHINE HEAD‘s last CD came out four and a half years ago, a period of time that has seen the music market drop by more than 45 percent, and you’re looking at something amazing.
MACHINE HEAD has consistently averaged more than 100,000 copies sold in the U.S. for each of its seven albums and has shifted double that overseas (accruing several silver records in the U.K.), resulting in cumulative worldwide sales of more than 2.4 million.
MACHINE HEAD‘s previous CD, “The Blackening”, opened with just under 15,000 units back in April 2007 to debut at No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s 2004 effort, “Through The Ashes Of Empires”, premiered with less than 12,000 copies to land at No. 88.
MACHINE HEAD will embark on a North American headlining tour in January/Febraury with support from SUICIDE SILENCE, DARKEST HOUR and RISE TO REMAIN.