Machine Head has always been Robb Flynn’s band. Even though he is main songwriter, one cannot just take the credit away from the rest of the members.
On the 13th anniversary of the release of MACHINE HEAD‘s “The Blackening” album, frontman Robb Flynn sent a mail to all MH fans.
“While ex-guitarist [Phil] Demmel is often viewed in the media as the savior of the band, 85% of the material on ‘The Blackening’ was written by drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Robb Flynn, with Robb playing all guitars on the album, including rhythm, lead, all intros, harmonies, and all dueling lead guitar harmonies. McClain wrote the main riff in ‘Halo’ and Robb wrote all of ‘Aesthetics Of Hate’.”
This lead to guitarist Phil Demmel clarifies his contributions to the band.
“13 years ago. Proud of this record and my contributions. ‘Beautiful Mourning’, ‘Slanderous’, ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’ and ‘Farewell To Arms’ simply do not happen without them. Thanks for all the kind words and continued support from all the Head cases.”
This lead to lot of fans responding back to Phil.
One such fan said:
“Sad that the email sent out to the mailing list tried to downplay your contributions. That record wouldn’t have been what it is without the entire band at the time.
“Yeah, right? Sometimes ALL of the glory isn’t enough.”