Machine Head have finally dropped their new highly anticipated song “Do or Die.” Even though the band recently enlisted Decapitated guitarist, Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka, and Devilment drummer, Matt Alston, they are not featured on this track. Instead, frontman Robb Flynn brought in Warbringer drummer Carlos Cruz.
Back in August during a Facebook Live Session, Flynn talked about having the urge to write music and how great it was working with Cruz.
“I had just been wanting to make music, and so right after we got done with the last tour, I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta make music. I had all these fucking songs written for months now, since April [of last year], and I wanted to go and write them and record them and jam them with the dudes. So my engineer Zack arranged for Carlos Cruz, who is the drummer for Warbring. He played in Power Trip — an awesome new, modern thrash band. Sick-ass drummer — awesome drummer. Young guy, really cool. He came up and jammed with Jared [MacEachern, bass] and I. [He] just fucking killed it. It was awesome playing with him. And it really inspired me, kind of brought me out of my funk. I’d been really wanting to write new music for a while, and it was just right place, right time. The dude was amazing, and I can never be grateful enough for everything that he brought to the table. Awesome dude.”
Flynn also mentioned how Machine Head will be releasing a steady stream of tracks, instead of the typical album release format.
“There’s not gonna be an album; there’s just gonna be a steady stream of standalone tracks that are consistently released. And then eventually they may or may not end up on an album. But we’re mixing it up. We wanna do this new model where we can put stuff out faster and get new music out quicker to the die-hards.
We wanna have this ability to not just have an album come out every three years, which is what we’ve been doing — every four years sometimes — and just make it quicker and more consistent and more like a regular thing. I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but I’m definitely excited about it. I’m excited for you guys to hear this new shit.”
The release of this track comes at perfect timing as tickets are currently on sale for their upcoming North American Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour.
Watch “Do or Die” below!