The legendary Machine Head have announced that they will be undergoing some pretty massive changes over the next while; both guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain have announced that after their next scheduled US tour, they will be leaving the band.
McClain had been the band's permanent drummer since 1995, while Demmel had been on axe duties since 2002.
Vocalist Rob Flynn released a video via Instagram to address an initial statement he made which led fans to believe the band were calling it quits altogether when he said:
“I have held on too tight to the reins of this band and I have suffocated those guys. I've got some rough edges; I'm kind of a barnacle. Those rough edges have given us the success we have but they've also hurt the people around me. I’ve got a lot of drive, but I’ve got a lot of anger and rage, and that drive of mine has alienated folks in the band. I ask that you respect Phil and Dave’s decision, as I respect their decision.”
Machine Head had just released their ninth studio album Catharsis back in January this year. We hope that the band will continue on as one of metal's great forces!
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