MACHINE HEAD release video for 'No Gods, No Masters'
MACHINE HEAD has released the official music video for the song “No Gods, No Masters”. The track is taken from the band’s tenth studio album, “Of Kingdom And Crown”, which is out now via Nuclear Blast/Imperium Recordings.
Watch “No Gods, No Masters” below.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn states: “We’re really proud of the video for ‘No Gods, No Masters’. It was an incredible collaboration between three different creative teams working across two different continents. Our director/editor Mike Sloat teamed up with the amazing Grupa 13 (BEHEMOTH, AMON AMARTH) and then the stunning 3-D CGI came from Phil Radford a.k.a. MayaGuy of Strangebox. The track was masterfully mixed by longtime MACHINE HEAD collaborator Colin Richardson and his engineer Chris Clancy. This is a really special song from the album.”
The follow-up to 2018’s “Catharsis”, “Of Kingdom And Crown” includes the three songs that were featured on last year’s “Arrows In Words From The Sky” single: “Become The Firestorm”, “Rotten” and “Arrows In Words From The Sky”. Much of the new MACHINE HEAD album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with engineer/producer Zack Ohren.
Back in December 2021, drummer Navene Koperweis (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, ENTHEOS, ANIMOSITY) joined Flynn, MacEachern and Ohren at Sharkbite Studios to jam on the final tracks for “Of Kingdom And Crown” and add some finishing touches to the songs.
In a recent interview with El Cuartel Del Metal, Flynn stated about the lyrical inspiration for “Of Kingdom And Crown”: “The concept is set in a futuristic wasteland where the sky is always crimson red, and it’s based around two characters. Character number one is named Ares (pronounced Aries), and he loses the love of his life, Amethyst, and goes on a murderous rampage against the people who killed her. Character number two is Eros (pronounced Arrows), who loses his mother to a drug overdose and, in his downward spiral, depression, becomes radicalized by this charismatic leader and goes on his own killing spree and is one of the people who killed Amethyst. And so the lyrics detail how their lives intertwine. The opening track, ‘Slaughter The Martyr’, is essentially… it’s the origin story for character number one. He’s just lost the love of his life and he’s in just a murderous, venomous rampage and revenge is all he’s thinking about. And so the story unfolds from there.”
As for how he was inspired by the Japanese anime series called “Attack On Titan” for the new MACHINE HEAD album, Flynn said: “When I first started writing the concept, it was a very American story arc: it was good guy, bad guy, good guy wins. And I wasn’t connecting to it. It was good, but I couldn’t connect to it; I couldn’t get any kind of emotion out of it. And then my family, my kids started watching — I’ve got two two teenage boys and they both started watching a lot of anime over the pandemic. And we were all locked up anyway and we couldn’t go out.
“I used to be a total anime nerd when I was their age — ‘Akira’ and ‘Space (Battleship) Yamato’ and ‘Robotech’ and all these anime series. So to see them go through this same thing, I was just, like, ‘Dude, this is rad.’ And of course, it’s now modern and it’s super bloody, and it was even better. So I was, like, ‘Let’s watch this together. I’ll fucking totally watch this with you.’ So we started watching it. And one of the things about that particular series — ‘Attack On Titan’ — the part that inspired me was in that series there is no good or bad guy; both sides believe they’re doing good, but both sides are committing evil and atrocities. And that was like a total lightbulb going off in my head. I was, like, ‘Oh, wow. I can maybe write it like that.’
“So then… here I am writing through… Now I’m writing through not just one character’s eyes but a polar opposite character’s eyes. And for a guy who’s written nine albums pretty much solely through my eyes — my experiences; the way I see the world — now to have to try and write through these other characters, it was really cool,” he added. “It was really interesting and it just made the whole experience awesome.”
Asked if there was any research involved in writing the lyrics for “Of Kingdom And Crown” or if it was all just in his head, Robb said: “It was just in my head. Jared (MacEachern, bass/backing vocals) wrote a lot of lyrics too — Jared contributed quite a bit of lyrics, and we bounced a lot of ideas off of each other. He came up with some great melodies, some great lyrics. But it really was just about constantly writing and just consistently waking up… Most of this record was written at three in the morning. (Laughs) I’m a total night owl — I wake up at 3 a.m. almost every night and I just do work or I write or whatever. So I just would set a timer for 20 minutes and I would just write anything that came to my mind — dumb shit, killer shit. I would just try and make everything rhyme; I would try and make a sequence out of it. And then I would just go back to bed and then wake up and look at it the next morning and then I would either sing it or try and mess around with it. And I think just doing it, kind of just chipping away at it like that every day, really helped the story come together.”
“Of Kingdom And Crown” track listing:
- Slaughter The Martyr
02. Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate
03. Become The Firestorm
05. My Hands Are Empty
08. Kill Thy Enemies
09. No Gods, No Masters
13. Arrows In Words From The Sky
Digipak CD bonus tracks:
15. Arrows In Words From The Sky (acoustic)*
CDs, Digipak, cassettes, and all digital formats will be available on Aug 26th, with all vinyl formats arriving on Nov 25th.
ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN
1. SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR
2. CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE
3. BECØME THE FIRESTØRM
5. MY HANDS ARE EMPTY
8. KILL THY ENEMIES
9. NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS
13. ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY
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Catch MACHINE HEAD on the road across Europe, starting in August. For ticket information, click AT THIS LOCATION.
Electric Happy Hour Live:
August 31 – Glasgow @ Garage (SOLD OUT)
September 2 – Inverness @ Ironworks
September 4 – Aberdeen @ Lemontree (SOLD OUT)
September 5 – Dundee @ Fat Sams
September 6 – Edinburgh @ Liquid Room (SOLD OUT)
Machine Head & Amon Amarth “Vikings & Lionhearts” Tour Dates:
08th NOTTINGHAM, Arena
09th CARDIFF, Arena
10th LONDON, Wembley Arena
12th MANCHESTER, Arena
13th DUBLIN, 3 Arena
16th ZURICH, Hallenstadion
17th VIENNA, Stadthalle
18th KRAKOW, Tauron Arena
20th TALLINN, Saku Arena
21st HELSINKI, Ice Hall
23rd OSLO, Spektrum
24th STOCKHOLM, Hovet
26th COPENHAGEN, Forum Black Box
27th HAMBURG, Barclays Arena
28th FRANKFURT, Festhalle
30th OBERHAUSEN, König Pilsener Arena
01st BERLIN, Velodrom
02nd AMSTERDAM, Afas Live
04th MILANO, Lorenzini District
06th BARCELONA, Sant Jordi
07th MADRID, Vistalegre
08th LA CORUNA, Coliseum
09th LISBON, Campo Pequeno
12th PARIS, Zenith
14th MUNICH, Olympiahalle
15th LEIPZIG, Arena
16th PRAGUE, Tipsport Arena
18th BUDAPEST, Barba Negra
20th ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Rockhal
21st BRUSSELS, Forest National
22nd STUTTGART, Schleyerhalle