Machine Head Name New Full Time Guitarist + Drummer
Machine Head are back at full strength! Leader Robb Flynn has revealed that he's restocked the band's lineup with new guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka and drummer Matt Alston, with both musicians set to join Machine Head on their forthcoming tour.
Machine Head have something special in store on their upcoming dates, playing two sets. Vogg and Matt will perform the opening "Evening With Machine Head" set, while original Machine Head alums Chris Kontos and Logan Mader will join Flynn revisiting the Burn My Eyes album for its 25th anniversary during the second set.
Flynn says, "It is an honor to perform alongside Matt and Vogg. These two are straight up 'elite-level' players, and fucking BEASTS onstage, I cannot wait for the Head Cases of the world get crushed by the heaviness that they will bring! Let's do this!"
Kiełtyka, who also plays in Decapitated, adds, "It’s a huge honor to be able to play at the same stage with the mighty Machine Head. I grew up on their music and when I heard I will join them on this tour, I was literally STOKED! As a 13-year-old I was learning songs from Burn My Eyes which is still one of my favorite albums EVER, that album had also a big influence on my playing and my guitar skills."
He continues, "Machine Head is not just a band, it’s an institution who has still a big influence on how all metal scene looks like, so for me as a musician and also a metal fan it’s something special to be able to be a small part of it. That will be definitely a huge lesson and experience for me to be a part of such a professional team. Adventure begins, I cannot wait!"
Vogg will continue to play with Decapitated as well, revealing that the group is planning new music and will play shows in 2020 as well.
Matt Alston says of his addition to the Machine Head lineup, "I’m honored to announce that I will be playing drums for Machine Head for the next world tour cycle alongside Chris Kontos on their Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour. It was a pleasure working for MH over last year's world tour, but now having the opportunity to be playing their songs is something I never would have imagined while growing up & listening to their music."
He adds, "Pre-production for the upcoming European tour starts on Monday, needless to say I can’t fucking wait to get on the road! A huge, HUGE thanks to my brother Steve Lagudi for getting me the opportunity to audition, and of course to Robb, Jared, & the whole MH team for welcoming me into this new position."
In addition to Flynn, Kiełtyka and Alston, the band is rounded out by returning bassist Jared MacEachern.
The dates and ticketing information for the Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour in Europe can be found here. Check out recent rehearsal and jam session footage with the new members below.
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