Yesterday, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn confirmed that two tracks from the band’s upcoming album ‘Bloodstones & Diamonds’ had been leaked and encouraged fans to share them around. Now, the band has gone one step further and released both tracks, ‘Now We Die’ and ‘Killers & Kings’ on their official Youtube page. Check them out below.
In an official statement issued via Flynn’s ‘THE GENERAL JOURNALS: DIARY OF A FRONTMAN… AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ blog, the frontman explained that while Machine Head was furious the songs had been leaked so early (the lead single of the album, ‘Now We Die’ isn’t scheduled for release until October 10) he conceded there was, “no sense fighting it” and said the band had instead opted to promote the songs.
It would appear the band’s decision has since paid off as the album has already shot to #3 on the US iTunes charts.
Flynn’s statement read as follows:
“Now We Die” has officially leaked.
And why am I telling you this information?
Information that just a few years ago, labels and bands would have been trying their hardest to pull down from torrent sites and flag YouTube channels?
Because in 2014 you just have to own shit like this.
Own it…and move on.
John Lennon once sang “life is what happens, while you’re making other plans…”
That’s right my friends, “Now We Die,” the first track and lead single off of “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has officially leaked, 3 weeks ahead of it’s originally scheduled Oct 10th release date as a digital single.
Mindbogglingly, it was leaked via an iTunes UK Pre-Order page that “someone” f***ed up on (and who is about to be f***ing fired!) that basically said, “pre-order Machine Head’s new album and get TWO free songs.”
Oh yeah, that’s right, the official album version of “Killer & Kings” has leaked too.
We are FURIOUS.
Imagine what a total shock it was to the band and our new label, Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
I found out about it when a friend of mine from the UK texted me saying, “dude, Now We Die is KIIIIILLLLLLLER”, I went “uh, how did you hear it…?”
Regardless, there is no sense fighting it. The Internet is the speed of light nowadays, and you know, what? That’s a good thing.
It had only been localized to the iTunes UK site, (meaning: nowhere else in the iTunes World had a “Bloodstone & Diamonds” pre-order page even up to be seen) but let’s face it, it was only a matter of hours before it went all over torrent sites and YouTube, so us and our label have made the bold decision to follow suit with the UK iTunes page, and offer the 2 songs as a “gratis” purchase when you pre-order the album from any worldwide iTunes site.
It is going up on Spotify as soon as humanly possible.
And we’ve taken it one step further.
We have decided to upload both “Now We Die” and “Killers & Kings” to our own YouTube channels for anyone who wants to hear both songs for FREE, without a pre-order. This is our way of saying “thank you” to our fans in the U.S. for their patience and understanding in our difficult decision to postpone our U.S. tour.
We hope these songs show a glimpse of what we’ve worked on over many months of recording to achieve. Our hope is that this represents why we are taking so much pride and putting in the extra effort and workmanship into creating something we feel is truly special.
There is no half-stepping in Machine Head. It’s all or nothing.
And if you like it, we want you to SHARE IT! We’ve told the distributors specifically “do not take down fan YT channels with ‘Now We Die’”. Spread the word on your own YouTube channels, post it on your friends Facebook pages and feeds, make your own tribute pages, make your own lyric videos, make parody videos, post your own guitar videos of it, post your own singing videos.
We want to post YOUR videos of these songs too!!
Pre-Order pages for Nuclear Blast will be going up in the next few hours, it may be up on your iTunes now, but either way, we are going to turn this into a positive for the fans.
We cannot wait to share the rest of the record with you.
For now, here is a fan channel of “Now We Die”
Thanks to Metalgasmic.’
Machine Head’s new album, ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ will be officially released on November 10th, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Pre-order on Amazon for $16.
What are your thoughts, should other bands follow Machine Head’s lead? And what do you think of the new tracks while we’re at it?