Machine Head mainman Robb Flynn gave a fresh update on the band's upcoming album writing process, admitting going through a rough writing patch along the way.
"With this record in particular, I've tried to discipline myself more with routine, writing a little bit every day, but for months I was in a riff rut," Robb told Metal Hammer. "Every riff I wrote f--kin' sucked!"
Luckily, the frontman managed to overcome his mental obstacle and get back to full speed ahead. "Then we took a two-week break and I was writing my Facebook journals about the 'Through the Ashes of Empires' story, and that cleared my head," he explained. "At the end of those two weeks, the floodgates opened and all hell of riffs poured out. I was so stoked! This torrent of riffs, this molten hot lava, was at my fingertips. It's such a good feeling."
Further discussing the new material, Flynn confirmed signature Machine Head sound. "It's definitely moving forward, which I feel like we're probably always gonna do," he added (via Blabbermouth). "We're not a band that ever looks back. We do our thing and try to take the life experiences that we have and the musicianship that we've evolved and try to use it. Obviously, we have our sound and we have the Machine Head patented harmonics, the downtuned riffs and I sing the way I sing."
Robb then summed it all up with a Dylan quote, saying, "I think Bob Dylan said it best: 'You just find new ways to say the same thing.'"
Some of the tentative fresh song titles include "Killers and Kings," "Beneath the Silt," "Ojos De La Muerte," "Sail Into the Black" and "Night of the Long Knives." The frontman decided to focus on the latter tune, revealing a Manson murders theme. "I've got some pretty cool lyrics ready," he noted. "There's a song called 'Night of the Long Knives,' and it's pretty f--ked! It's about the Manson murders, and the lyrics are really dark and vicious."
Machine Head are aiming to hit the studio in early February and have the new album out sometime in 2014 as a follow-up to 2011's "Unto the Locust."