Recently, PitCam.TV sat down with Robb Flynn from MACHINE HEAD! The interview took place at this year's edition of the With Full Force festival, which was held June 29 - July 1 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany (near Leipzig). Here are a few excerpts of the interview.
Roadrunner Records' "restructuring" under parent label Warner Music Group, which resulted in roughly 36 staff members worldwide being let go and several regional offices being closed.
"It's a shame, man. It's a fucking shame. Considering that these are, like, the premier people in their field… I mean, when it comes to Metal, there was no one better. They were profitable, which almost no label in this day and age can say. The thing that was most bizarre was that Warner had all of their rock and metal bands going through Roadrunner [in Europe] 'cause [Warner] didn't know what to do. So it's kind of like, 'Why would you [close the Roadrunner offices in those territories]?' But they did it."
He continued, "We're still trying to see how it is; we're trying to get a feel for what's going on. We're in between labels right now — the last record was the [final one under our most recent contract with] Roadrunner, so we're actually in a pretty unique position, because we've got a lot of different choices that we can go with right now, and the world is, basically, our oyster. It's a rad position to be in. Eight years ago, we got turned down by 35 labels, and now every label on the planet wants to sign us. [laughs] So it's pretty awesome. So we're gonna play it out. Roadrunner's still got a lot of people that we know and love there — especially in America, they've got a real strong… the core people that are there are huge MACHINE HEAD supporters. We're gonna check it out and we may very well end up on Roadrunner. We just need to make sure that it's the right thing and that they get what we're doing, because we're not a pop band, we're not some mainstream artist. I mean, we're the biggest underground Metal band, I guess, there is."
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In other MACHINE HEAD news, the Bay Area Metallers recently announced plans to film a video for the song 'Darkness Within' in the Czech Republic. The track comes off the band's latest album, "Unto The Locust", which sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 17-year history.
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