MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain has responded to the comments made by his former bandmate, guitarist Ahrue Luster (currently in ILL NINO), regarding the decision-making process in Luster's previous group.
Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine for its current issue, Luster said, "I've known [the ILL NINO] guys a long time. MACHINE HEAD did two tours with them, and I actually had more fun hanging out with them than any other band I've toured with. I feel more comfortable now than I did being MACHINE HEAD for a year. ILL NINO's more of a group effort where everybody puts in. MACHINE HEAD was kind of like a third-world democracy — where it's actually a Robb Flynn dictatorship."
In a posting to MACHINE HEAD's official forum, McClain addressed Ahrue's remarks, saying, "Is this the same Ahrue that called me a month ago asking me if I thought it would be cool for him to call [MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist] Robb [Flynn] & [bassist] Adam [Duce] 'cause he didn't want there to be any bad feelings? Fact: Ahrue usually got out voted on most stuff 3 to 1, yes we do vote on things! Fact: When it came time to talk about writing for the new album, Ahrue wanted it to be about 50% mellower stuff. Ahrue is wishy-washy at best, I mean come on, one minute he's making a supergroup Then he joins a Sacramento band and has to get a 'real' job. Needless to say, ILL NINO is the best thing that could've happened for him. That's just fuckin lame to say one thing in front of me about him not wanting any bad feelings between everyone and then going and saying this stupid bullshit!"