California veterans MACHINE HEAD have just released a three-track digital single titled Arrows In Words From The Sky. The release features brand new songs, ‘Rotten’, ‘Arrows In Words From The Sky’ and the lead track, ‘Become The Firestorm’.
Written against the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, and amidst the long and painful passing of frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn’s mother, these three songs represent one of the darkest chapters in the band’s history. While songs like the blistering opener, ‘Become The Firestorm’ seethe with an apocalyptic anger, the collection closes with one of the most transcendent songs in the Machine Head arsenal, the title track, ‘Arrows In Words From The Sky’.
Flynn says: “The lyrics to these songs took to me places inside I didn’t want to go, from the bile and negativity on ‘Rotten’, to nothing-will-beat-me-down fury of ‘Become The Firestorm’, to the title track ‘Arrows…’ being one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written, yet somehow has the power to lift me up out of what was a very dark time in my life.
“My hope is that by sharing these dark experiences with the Head Cases of the world, it can save someone else out of that same dark place,” he adds.
Arrows In Words From The Sky follows a string of stand-alone releases that Machine Head have dropped since the arrival of their last studio album, 2018’s Catharsis, including most recent single, ‘My Hands Are Empty’.
You can check out Robb laying down vocals for the title track, ‘Arrows In Words From The Sky’ in the ‘making of’ video below.
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