Machine Head have shared the first single from their upcoming studio album, Catharsis. Listen to "Beyond The Pale" above, courtesy of the band's YouTube channel.
The aggressive tune is packed with head-banging riffs, forceful drums, and chilling vocals. In a statement on the song's YouTube page, guitarist Robb Flynn shared his thoughts about the LP and the potential impact it could have:
I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to... now more than ever. A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to ‘brutal poetry’ or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand plan, there was no ‘plan... You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record... you just write... but I tell ya what... we ended up with a landmark here. Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time... we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. Catharsis could really elevate our genre.
Catharsis is scheduled to be released on January 26, 2018. Pre-order a copy on Amazon.
The band will be heading out on a North American tour starting in January. For concert tickets and more, check out Machine Head's Zumic artist page.