What a night for Bay Area thrashers Machine Head! Jannus Landing, which wasn't an open air venue 'til they blew into St. Petersburg with category 5 force and crumbled the walls! And, just in case you haven't heard, they're on the way to your town next!
By Brandy Cline
Photos by Michelle LaRose
It was a beautiful night in Florida as Gojira, Machine Head, Trivium and Lamb Of God descended upon St. Petersburg.
The sold out crowd, donned mostly in black, comprised of young and old alike, filled Jannus
Landing's outdoor courtyard to capacity. Machine Head was second in line to sate the needs of the heavy metal obsessed. Machine Head took the stage under a violet-lit canopy against a backdrop from the album cover of their new album
The band ripped into "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent" as the crowd began to thrash wildly. Lead axe-man Phil Demmel kept pointing to the crowd urging the thrashers on. Vocalist Robert Flynn
screamed, "Let me see your horns!" as hundreds of horns pierced the night air. As the song
rolled on, Robert bathed himself in bottled water then shook his head ... spraying the first few rows of the jumping crowd.
Robert looked into the mosh pit and yelled, "Save me a spot!" as the band
segued into "Imperium" from the album Elegies. All band members were thrashing their heads in unison as the crowd
went insane and chanted, "Machine Fucking Head! Machine Fucking Head!" when the
As a prelude to the next tune, "Aesthetics of Hate," Robert explained that the song was prompted amidst an emotional fury in retaliation to an article,
"Aesthetics of Hate: R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell, Goodbye & Good Riddance." The article claimed,
"Mr. Abbott's assassination was an event that was all but waiting to happen." due to
"The squalor, inhumanity, filth (both in the metaphorical and hygienic senses) depravity, ugliness and ignorance of everything that heavy metal
represents." The crowd booed. Robert cried out, "It also said that anyone mourning the death of Dimebag is pathetic and
ugly!" The crowd continued to hiss. "Anyone who mourned for Dimebag ... this
song's for you!" As the song began, the crowd divided into two separate mosh pits and thrashed with
fervor and at its end Robert raised his arms in a V and bowed to the crowd, bringing his hands together in a clap.
The band ripped into "Old" and the mosh pit started again. Fog rolled off the stage as all three guitarists thrashed in unison. Robert
screamed, "We hear you! Say it!" and motioned a throat cutting slash. He hoisted a cup in the air and
exclaimed, "Here St. Pete!" The band roared into a full-blown metal assault as the moshing
began again. The aroma of marijuana and Patchouli filled the night air.
The final song of the five-song set was "Davidian." The crowd parted and
moshed wildly from all directions. Fans were throwing water and water bottles in the air. Fog
rolled off the stage lending to a war-like air.
At the song's end Robert once again raised his cup and yelled, "Cheers mother fuckers!
Cheers!" A sea of cups being raised to the sky returned his toast. Robert
launched the cup into the crowd and the band exited the stage to chants of, "Machine Head! Machine
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