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July 31st, 2012

VIDEO: Machine Head get NSFW-level gruesome for ‘Darkness Within’

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Remember when we poked fun at Machine Head for having cheap-looking videos? Yeah, we pretty much found something to laugh at from every era in their history. Well, their latest video for ‘Darkness Within’ pretty much put paid to that – we’d like to think it was the cosmic impact of our bitter, bitter blogging that spurred them to break the cycle of naffness, but let’s face it – it probably wasn’t.

In fact, this video is pretty damn swish – we’d go so far as to say it has the highest production values of any MH video to date. It’s also very much NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so unless you work in the kind of place where violence, self mutilation, worm-eating, mutation, blood-letting and the like are all par the course, don’t go watching this until you’re out of the office.

 Look, we’re not kidding – don’t be fooled by the quiet start – this video gets pretty damn gruesome by the end. DON’T WATCH IT AT WORK:

Part of us thinks it must be Machine Head throwing the last of their Roadrunner Records production budget on one final blowout – this video does come, after all, following the band’s admission that they completed their current deal with Roadrunner with Unto The Locust, and were – in the words of Robb Flynn – “between labels”. Far be it for us to start a’speculating, but given the en masse dismantling on Roadrunner Records by their parent major earlier this year, coupled with Machine Head’s own recent troubles (neither Unto The Locust nor the corresponding tour in support of it blew up in the way the pre-release hype-machine hoped), neither party seems an obvious choice for the other as far as signing a new record contract goes.

Hell, whoever Machine Head end up signing with – assuming they don’t take the plunge and choose to take on the wild west of the modern music business as independent and entirely free agents, that is – we’re very interested in what the San Francisco four-piece do next. We’d be damned surprised if they take quite as long in producing a new album as they did with Unto The Locust, that’s for damn sure….

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