MACHINE HEAD have pushed back the tentative release date of their as-yet-untitled live CD to early 2003.The album, which was originally set to contain material recorded solely at the band's December 8th, 2001 show at the Brixton Academy in London, England, will now likely include at least one — and possibly as many as three — songs recorded during the group's summer 2002 European festival run, according to informed sources. Producer Colin Richardson has been enlisted to mix the effort, which will mark the last recorded appearance with the group of former guitarist Ahrue Luster, who has since left to launch an as-yet-unnamed new project with COAL CHAMBER bassist Nadja Peulen. In other news, MACHINE HEAD are continuing to write and demo material for their fifth studio album, which is not expected to surface until late 2003 at the earliest. About 12 songs have been finished musically, with the band having scrapped three of their earliest attempts, including a track called "Masks". Among the working titles set to appear on the next MACHINE HEAD CD are the following: 01. Monster
02. All Those Things Left Unsaid
03. Fall In Line
04. Pins and Needles
05. The Bandwagon
06. All Fall Down
07. Bite the Bullet A rumor that MACHINE HEAD were contemplating covering RAINBOW's "Kill The King" during the upcoming recording sessions (as an ode to SLAYER's Kerry King, apparently) has been denied by parties close to the band, who were said to be "quite amused" by the thought.