San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD have released the official lyric video for a song called “Volatile”. The track is the opening cut on the band’s new album, “Catharsis”, which will be released on Friday, January 26 via Nuclear Blast.
“Volatile”, featuring sociocritical lyrics, is dedicated to Heather D. Heyer, who lost her life during a protest against neo-nazism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.
“The lyrics were written on the same day as Charlottesville,” MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn reveals. “We watched that video of Heather Heyer getting run over and killed and I was just, like, ‘What the fuck is going on, man?’ You just got a snapshot of me pissed off and raw anger and frustration and confusion. White supremacists are marching every two weeks in the U.S. now and it’s pretty fucking insane.”
“Catharsis” will be made available in several formats, including a CD/DVD digipak edition which contains footage of MACHINE HEAD‘s 2015 concert at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom.
The follow-up to 2014’s “Bloodstone & Diamonds”, “Catharsis” was produced by Flynn and was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound in New York. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.
The North American tour in support of “Catharsis” will kick off on January 25 in Mesa, Arizona.