San Francisco Bay Area metal titans Machine Head, have released their highly anticipated new album “Catharsis” on January 26 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
After entering the album charts in countless countries, the album has now made it’s way into the top 20 of the overall world chart, entering at number 15!
Guitarist/Mainman Robb Flynn adds:
“Number 15 on the World Chart is pretty freakin‘ mind-boggling when you think about it…. #15 on the World Chart…
Let that sink in…
“Catharsis” was #15 on planet earth 3 weeks ago…
We’re a metal band, with non-traditional promotion avenues, and with comparatively light (to some cases non-existant) radio play, especially when held up against the biggest music of the day, hip hop and pop. Absolutely zero video play out side of YouTube, in a genre that is still heavily on the physical side of music consumption, and yet, with your help, we managed to infiltrate the Top 20 of the global music community. Sure there was some stars aligning, but this was done on grass roots, word of mouth-type shit. Done with #spreadthehead and the Head Cases of the world coming in haaaaard!
On behalf of the band and management, I want to give some shout out‘s to a lot of the unsung heroes who helped make our opening salvo what it is. Monte Conner and Nuclear Blast worldwide, all the distributors around the world, the press that really got behind us, SiriusXM Liquid Metal and SiriusXM Octane for leading the charge, the radio outlets that supported, Markus, Amy at Atom Splitter, Michelle at Cosa Nostra, Mark Palmer, Jaap, Mike, Lisa, and so many more for absolutely crushing it these last few months into release. This is not the full list by any means, but know that you are thanked!
We still got a long way to go, we still have a lot of ground to cover. We gotta work hard, we gotta fight the fight. But hey, take a breather everyone, maybe bust out some bubbly‘, or hell, throw a celebration and rage, but please, give yourselves a round of applause.
And last but not least…
We‘ve thanked you before and we‘ll thank you again. You haven‘t shifted once from your co-pilot position since we started on our journey.
And turbulence be damned!
We‘ve still got a long way to go, we still have a lot of ground to cover. Together we continue to strive towards the collective goal. We know damn well, it‘s a lot of work. A lot of uphill, a lot of bruises, a lot of blood and sweat.
But without YOU, there is no us…
So take a bow.
Seriously, pat yourselves on the fucking back Head Cases.
Recently the worldwide chart positions were revealed, including three Top5, two Top10 and five Top20 entries. “Catharsis” also holds the highest ever entries for the band in Germany, Switzerland, Scotland and Spain.
United Kingdom #12
Czech Republic #19
“Catharsis” was produced by Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (Fallujah, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (Hatebreed, Alice In Chains, Deftones) at Sterling Sound, New York, NY. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.
To order “Catharsis” in various formats (CD, Digipak, CD-Digi + DVD + 2LP Boxset, black, bi colored – see below), visit this location.
“I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to… now more than ever. A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to ‘brutal poetry’ or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand plan, there was no ‘plan.
You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record… you just write… but I tell ya what… we ended up with a landmark here. Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time… we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. Catharsis could really elevate our genre.”
Machine Head wrapped up the touring cycle for their first Nuclear Blast Entertainment album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” in March 2016 with a whopping 283 concerts on 5 different continents around the world. Around 250 of those shows were performed as “An Evening With Machine Head” with no support bands and performances often lasting 21/2 to 3 hours in duration, much to their fans (called “Head Cases”) delight.
Three tours of the United States (with many dates sold out in advance), three tours of The U.K. / Europe, (including multiple dates in Russia and Greece), shows in Mexico and South America, a completely sold out run of 9 Australian / New Zealand shows, sold out dates in Japan, plus their first ever plays in Taiwan and Thailand, and all without any festival performances which the band publicly announced they would stop performing at in 2014.
“Bloodstone & Diamonds” debuted at number 21 on the U.S. Billboard charts and has gone on to sell 285,000 copies worldwide.
Machine Head’s latest track “Is There Anybody Out There?” released as a stand-alone, digital-only, non-album release became their number 2 most streamed song ever on Spotify with 9 million streams in less than a year, and cracked the Top 40 on the Active Rock chart in the United States. It marks the first time for any Nuclear Blast artist to enter what is widely considered to be the “official rock chart” for the United States, and is significant considering there was no physical track sent to retail.
Their controversial video for opening track “Now We Die” is at over 2 million views and can be seen here.
Catharsis World Tour 2018
22.03. FR Rouen, Le 106
24.03. FR Paris, Bataclan
26.03. FR La Rochelle, La Sirene
27.03. FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
29.03. ES Santiago de Compestalla, Sala Capital
30.03. PT Lisbon, Coliseum
31.03. PT Oporto, Colisum
02.04. ES Madrid, Riviera
03.04. ES Seville, Sala Custom
04.04. ES Malaga, Sala Paris 15
06.04. ES Valencia, Sala Republica
07.04. ES Barcelona, Razzmatazz
08.04. FR Toulouse, Bikini
09.04. FR Marseille, Caberet Auletoire
11.04. IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
12.04. IT Rome, Orion
13.04. IT Milan, Live Club
15.04. FR Lyon, Tansbordeur
16.04. CH Lausanne, Les Docks
17.04. CH Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
19.04. AT Vienna, Gasometer
20.04. HU Budapest, BNMC
21.04. GER Munich, Tonhalle
22.04. GER Stuttgart, Longhorn
24.04. FR Strasbourg, Laiterie
25.04. LUX Luxembourg, Den Atelier
27.04. GER Munster, Skaters Palace
28.04. GER Cologne, Ewerk
29.04. GER Berlin, Columbiahalle
01.05. DK Copenhagen, Vega
02.05. SE Gothenburg, Pustervik
03.05. NO Oslo Rockefeller
05.05. GER Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
06.05. NL Gronigen, Oosterpoort
07.05. NL Tilburg, 013
09.05. GER Hannover, Capitol
10.05. GER Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
11.05. BE Brussels, AB
13.05. UK, Southampton Guildhall
14.05. UK, Cardiff, University
15.05. UK, Bristol Academy
17.05. UK, Birmingham Academy
18.05. UK, London, Roundhouse
19.05. UK, London, Roundhouse
21.05. UK, Nottingham Rock City
22.05. UK, Newcastle, Academy
23.05. Scotland, Glasgow Academy
25.05. UK, Manchester Academy