Machine Head

Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola


When you finally get the chance to see a band you love, one you’ve listened to over and over, there is always this small slice of whether or not they’ll stand up to your expectations. Especially when you take into consideration that the band has experienced some lineup changes since its inception.


What does Machine Head sound like? They are a heavy metal band with heart and a few sing-along choruses. They’ve pulled from thrash, groove metal, death metal, and mainstream rock influences over the course of their 25-plus years to craft a sound that is distinctively theirs.


Machine Head does things a bit different. They famously have been focusing on “An Evening with…” tour formats, so the concerts are devoid of opening acts. The band more than makes up for this with a massive setlist. Machine Head performed some 20-plus songs for a concert that clocked in at close to three hours.


The band does more than play through the hits and new tunes. They bring an unbridled energy that eggs the audience on. Vocalist-guitarist Robb Flynn seemed to be moved by the Vinyl Music Hall audience’s desire to get lost in the music. We chanted the band name, sang at the top of our lungs, and moved with the music.


But two kids near the stage really caught Flynn’s attention—a 12-year-young lady attending her first heavy show and an unrelated 16-year-old young man with enough enthusiasm for the entire front row.


At the end of the night, I was sore, tired, and had a giant grin plastered on my face. You can’t ask for more than that.

Nikki Hedrick
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