On November 13, Paolo Bianco of Italian news blog Musica Metal conducted an interview with guitarist Phil Demmel of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD before the band’s sold-out show in Milan, Italy. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked if he’s listened to “Lulu”, the controversial collaborative effort between METALLICA and former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed, Demmel said, “I have not heard it. I’m not a big Lou Reed fan, so I’m not gonna buy it. I’ll wait for the next METALLICA record, with the four of them . . . I mean, that’s what they wanted to do, and that’s cool, but I’m a big METALLICA fan, I’m not a Lou Reed fan, so I’ll pass on that.”
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.