During last month’s Dimebash event at the Key Club in Hollywood, California, Artisan News spoke to guitarist Phil Demmel of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD about the status of the band’s long-awaited DVD featuring footage from the mammoth tour in support of 2007’s critically acclaimed album “The Blackening”.
“We toured on ‘The Blackening’ for three years, [played] almost four hundred shows, [and] we have footage from everything,” Demmel said. “So much happened on that tour — our drummer’s mom died, my dad died… So much happened to us. We almost broke up, we went to therapy… All this different shit happened. So we’re trying to put all of this together. It’s just too much [to include in a single DVD package]. So we wanna whittle it down and create a cool story.”
“The Blackening” — which garnered numerous awards and enjoyed praise from both critics and fans alike since its release — was re-released as a “special edition” in October 2008 via Roadrunner Records. It was also certified silver by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) for U.K. sales in excess of 60,000 copies.
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.
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.
“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/February with support from SUICIDE SILENCE, DARKEST HOUR and RISE TO REMAIN.