MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We are loading in today [Monday, August 21] to start on our new album!!! WOO - FUCKING - HOO!!! I can't remember being this excited about recording, well... EVER. Seriously, we're ready to fucking blow shit up! Spent Friday and Saturday with Dave [McClain, drums] down at the jam spot fine-tuning the songs, doing pre-production, and Saturday was really productive. Dave is fucking KILLING IT on the new shit; this will certainly be his finest hour to date. I think we both walked away (as dorky as it sounds) giddy with excitement... we're SO friggin' stoked with how cool the new stuff is turning out!
"We have officially narrowed down our song selection to eight songs. What, only eight?! That's right fuckers, eight songs! We have a 10-minute opening track that's practically four songs in one, with stop-on-a-dime changes and a rollercoaster ride of molten riffage! In fact, we have three 10-minute long tracks, so even with only eight songs, the record is damn near an hour long. It feels right though. It was a tough call; we wrote 26 songs in total, but these eight are the very best songs of the bunch. The other 18... though heavy, or catchy, or what-have-you... man... they just lacked that special something, or they didn't end with enough of that 'WOW!' factor, so we were brutally honest with ourselves, exercised a little self-restraint, and we think you will be incredibly impressed with the results."
MACHINE HEAD has set "The Blackening" as the title of its sixth studio album, tentatively due in early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. The group is recording the new CD at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, with Flynn returning to the producer's chair, and Mark Keaton once again handling engineering duties. Longtime MACHINE HEAD collaborator Colin Richardson (CANNIBAL CORPSE, TRIVIUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) will also be returning to mix the record alongside Flynn this October in London. Tentative songtitles for "The Blackening" include "Clenching the Fists of Dissent", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Halo", "The Beautiful Mourning", "Now I Lay Thee Down", "Slanderous Love", "Wolves" and "A Farewell to Arms". The band has also tapped longtime MACHINE HEAD artist Paul Brown (MARILYN MANSON) to begin working on album art in the coming weeks.