MACHINE HEAD have finished recording the three cover songs recently selected in the cover-song contest posted at the group's official web site, www.machinehead1.com.As previously reported, the members of the group's official forum were asked to list three songs that they would like to hear MACHINE HEAD cover, after which the band picked the 10 most interesting requests they felt they could do justice to. All of the forum members then voted on the final three, with the most-requested entries being given the "MACHINE HEAD treatment." The winning entries — METALLICA's "Battery", FAITH NO MORE's "Jizzlobber", and EXODUS' "Toxic Waltz" — have now been completed and will be made available over the course of the next few days in a non-downloadable audio stream via the group's official web site. In other news, MACHINE HEAD are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio on Monday, June 16, to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in October through Roadrunner Records. 10 songs will be tracked during the sessions, which will see the band handling the production duties themselves for the first time. "I think all [the] old-school [MACHINE HEAD] fans will definitely be pleasantly surprised," guitarist Phil Demmel said of the new material, describing the 10 cuts projected to appear on the effort as "crushing." The follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" will be mixed by Colin Richardson, the man largely responsible for the crushingly thick sound on the band's first two offerings, 1994's "Burn My Eyes" and 1997's "The More Things Change…" Richardson, who has previously worked with FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH and OVERKILL, among others, was originally tapped to produce the forthcoming effort, but scheduling conflicts have reportedly prevented him working with the group during the tracking process, which will last about a month. An official press release containing more information about the upcoming CD — including the album's projected title — is expected in the coming days.
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