San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will embark on a European headlining trek, dubbed “The Eighth Plague Tour”, in the fall. Support on the run will come from BRING ME THE HORIZON, DEVILDRIVER and DARKEST HOUR.
So far the following dates have been released:
Nov. 02 – Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
Nov. 03 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan
Nov. 05 – Tampere, Finland @ Sorsapuistosali
Nov. 06 – Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
Nov. 08 – Fredriksberg, Denmark @ KB Hallen
Nov. 09 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit 36
Nov. 10 – Dresden, Germany @ Alter Schlachthof
Nov. 24 – Neu-Isenburg, Germany @ Hugenottenhalle
Nov. 25 – Munich, Germany @ Kesselhaus
Nov. 26 – Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena
Nov. 30 – Oberhausen, Germany @ Turbinenhalle
Dec. 03 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Dec. 04 – Birmingham, UK @ National Indoor Arena
Dec. 05 – Glasgow, UK @ Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)
Dec. 06 – Manchester, UK @ Central
Asked why BRING ME THE HORIZON hadn’t done a U.K. headlining trek of its own in arenas, the band’s singer, Oli Sykes, told NME, “I can’t imagine us headlining arenas, at this point in time it’s just not something I can see. MACHINE HEAD were a massive inspiration to us growing up and we were honored to be asked to do the tour. We’re really excited.”
MACHINE HEAD‘s brand new track “Locust” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below (courtesy of Roadrunner Records).
[Note: This version of the song was mixed by Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SADUS, TESTAMENT, NIGHT RANGER, VICIOUS RUMORS, HEATHEN, VILE, CATTLE DECAPITATION). The final mix will be handled by longtime MACHINE HEAD producer Colin Richardson (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY, TRIVIUM).]
The band, which released the back-to-back, modern classics, 2004’s “Through the Ashes Of Empires” and 2007’s “The Blackening”, is aiming to unleash its third masterwork in a row on September 27 via longtime label Roadrunner Records. The new album is being recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland, with frontman Robb Flynn producing, and it is sure to level anything and everything that happens upon its path.
MACHINE HEAD will prepare for the release of their new album by appearing on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for key dates, while headlining the Extreme Stage for others, this summer, which kicks off this July. This is the band’s second tour of duty on Mayhem, as they appeared on the festival during its inaugural run in 2008.