Pure Metal Catharsis with Machine Head at First Avenue


A simple case of the Monday’s was quickly addressed at First Avenue as the venue hosted Machine Head on their tour stop celebrating the release of their new album ‘Catharsis’. With a long history, Machine Head first albums became quickly popular and have been a staple in the Metal and Nu-Metal genre. With many hits and popular videos, the band has continued to perform to big audiences pushing to the place alongside bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and Judas Priest.

Starting at promptly at 8:30pm, Machine Head filled the 2+ hours with nothing but intense, thunderous, epic metal spanning their 27 year career. Lead Singer Rob Flynn powered through a mammoth 25 song set, which explains why the show started at early with no support acts. The band displayed a great selection of their discography classics and even a familiar cover from Iron Maiden. The relentless metal gave way to the now customary drum and guitar solos Both Phil Demmel (guitar) and Dave McClain (drums) offered impressive proficient solos (complete with a cowbell) which drew huge responses from the crowd. Drum and guitar solos and powerful vocals had the crowd quickly hooked with several mosh pits started, which continued through the performance

Be sure to catch Machine Head on a date this tour. The performance is intense, and unrelenting from start to finish. As the new album title suggests, it was pure metal ‘catharsis’.

Set List for Monday’s performance:

Now We Die
Beautiful Mourning
The Blood, the Sweat, the Tears
Crashing Around You
Clenching the Fists of Dissent
Darkness Within
From This Day
Ten Ton Hammer
Is There Anybody Out There?
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden cover)
Beyond the Pale
Killers & Kings
Descend the Shades of Night
Triple Beam
Aesthetics of Hate
Game Over