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Machine Head Unleash New Single And Video, My Hands Are Empty

Robb Flynn and Burn My Eyes-era guitarist Logan Mader have collaborated together on their first Machine Head track in 24 years – and it’s a beast.

Machine Head have just unleashed a brand-new single and video, My Hands Are Empty – a collaboration between frontman Robb Flynn and original guitarist Logan Mader. 

I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction,” explains Robb of the track. It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty. It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well. I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.

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Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a Through The Ashes Of Empires vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.

On the recent Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored. It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later. Jared [MacEachern, bass] came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”

Logan adds: During pre-pro for the Burn My Eyes anniversary tour last year, I had a special opportunity to collaborate with Machine Head for the first time in over 20 years. This is a big milestone for me, to circle back on a massive orbit around life and end up doing new music with MH is epic and unexpected. The song, My Hands Are Empty, was almost complete, but needed a riff or two. Robb sent it to me, so I jumped in and added a section which ended up in the master after some arrangement tweaks by Robb. The song is amazing. It was a great feeling to be in the studio with Robb after all these years and I hope to do it again!”

Check out My Hands Are Empty below:

For more Machine Head, and a reminder of what things were like back when we could all go to gigs (urgh… remember those days?), watch the band’s glorious K! Pit set:

Posted on November 13th 2020, 11:35a.m.
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