MACHINE HEAD have announced the details of their forthcoming 10th studio album, the immense and unapologetic, ‘ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN,’ set for release on August 26th, 2022. Check out the video for the ferocious debut track, ‘CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE,’ below. ‘ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN’ is a 13-track concept album set in a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red. The crux of the story is based around 2 main characters.
Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our lead, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.
Character #2 Eros: (pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree.
The lyrics detail how their lives intertwine.
MACHINE HEAD mastermind Robb Flynn comments,
“Thanks to my two teenage boys, my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called ‘Attack On Titan.’ The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no “good” or “bad” guy – both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being. But make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track ‘SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR’ is basically our character #1’s origin story.”
The colossal concept comes with a list of equally colossal packaging for various physical formats including 12 different worldwide vinyl formats, a deluxe vinyl box set [with bonus tracks] and CD, (old-school Long Box CD, Jewel Box CD), multi-colour cassette options, and a limited-edition Digipak with bonus tracks. Check out all physical format options at the Official Store and Nuclear Blast Store linked here.
CD’s, Digipak, and all digital formats will be available on Aug 26th. All vinyl formats arrive on Nov 25th.
- SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR
- CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE
- BECØME THE FIRESTØRM
- MY HANDS ARE EMPTY
- KILL THY ENEMIES
- NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS
- ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY
Flynn declares; “Head Cases and Lionhearts rejoice! It is with great pleasure we announce our triumphant return to your land to crush skulls, pummel circle pits, and deplete your beer supply!! Only this time we will not be alone. That’s right! For the first time in nearly a decade, MACHINE HEAD will be foregoing our usual “Evenings with…” to join forces with our battle-hardened brothers in the all-powerful AMON AMARTH, plus their fellow countrymen, THE HALO EFFECT. This absolute monster of a tour will kick off Autumn 2022 and will be the most devastating night of your metal lives. So get ready to raise your fists, raise your glasses, and bang your heads with us at the heaviest tour of the year! No one can resist the pure power of this epic alliance. We are coming for you!” Full dates run as follows:
ELECTRIC HAPPY HOUR (LIVE)
Wed 31st Aug – GLASGOW – Garage – SOLD OUTFri 2nd Sep – INVERNESS – IronworksSun 4th Sep – ABERDEEN – Lemontree – SOLD OUTMon 5th Sep – DUNDEE – Fat SamsTue 6th Sep – EDINBURGH, Liquid Room – SOLD OUT
MACHINE HEAD & AMON AMARTH ‘VIKINGS & LIONHEARTS’ TOUR
Thu 8th Sept – NOTTINGHAM – Motorpoint ArenaFri 9th Sept – CARDIFF – Motorpoint ArenaSat 10th Sept – LONDON – The SSE Arena, WembleyMon 12th Sept – MANCHESTER – AO ArenaTue 13th Sept – DUBLIN – 3Arena
Fri 16th Sept – ZURICH – HallenstadionSat 17th Sept – VIENNA – StadthalleSun 18th Sept – KRAKOW – Tauron ArenaTue 20th Sept – TALLINN – Saku ArenaWed 21st Sept – HELSINKI – Ice HallFri 23rd Sept – OSLO – SpektrumSat 24th Sept – STOCKHOLM – HovetMon 26th Sept – COPENHAGEN – Forum Black Box Tue 27th Sept – HAMBURG – Barclays ArenaWed 28th Sept – FRANKFURT – FesthalleFri 30th Sept – OBERHAUSEN – König Pilsener ArenaSat 1st Oct – BERLIN – VelodromeSun 2nd Oct – AMSTERDAM – Afas LiveTue 4th Oct – MILAN – Lorenzini DistrictThu 6th Oct – BARCELONA – Sant JordiFri 7th Oct – MADRID – VistalegreSat 8th Oct – LA CORUNA – Coliseum Sun 9th Oct – LISBON – Campo PequenoWed 12th Oct – PARIS – ZenithFri 14th Oct – MUNICH – OlympiahalleSat 15th Oct – LEIPZIG – ArenaSun 16th Oct – PRAGUE – Tipsport ArenaTue 18th Oct – BUDAPEST – Barba NegraThu 20th Oct – ESCH SUR ALZETTE – RockhalFri 21st Oct – BRUSSELS – Forest NationalSat 22nd Oct – STUTTGART – Schleyerhalle