Machine Head Article

04.08.2012 Machine Head

Wacken Open Air XXIII

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax K-5 with Sigma AF 70-200mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

After gotten completely wet during Scorpions and the exhaust was slowly increasing I nearly was over with this year's Wacken and wanted to go back to the camping ground. Whilst drinking a cola at one of the boothes the guys of Machine Head started playing and freed new power inside of me with the final decision: "OK, let's go until the bitter end!"
And in each case that has not been a wrong decision as the vour guys from Oakland were firing a brutal metal fireworks. Supported by a gigantic light show songs like "Old" or the never before at Germany played "A Thousand Lies" (at least according to singer Robert Flynn) were roaring across the festival area. That was unfortunately already quite emptied as the rain during the Scorpions led to the decision of many to return to the camping grounds. Due to that they missed this incredible show. The guys, Adam Duce on bass, Phil Demmel on guitar and Dave McClain on drums were really keen on playing and Robert Flynn was running of at mouth all the time entertaining the crowd inbetween the songs with his stories.
That was really going crazy an many did not mind the masses of mud. There was hair flying through the air, forks and hands and one circle-pit after the other was opened. Inbetween very thirsty visitors were found who were supported with beer directly from the stage (at least Robert tried several times but somehow either the content of the cans or the cans reached them but never both together :-) ).
That was pure adrenaline! So much energy coming from the stage towards the audience it was really worth it not turning the back to the festival area. Everywhere people partying, "Machine Fucking Head!" screams as soon as there was a short break, that really has been one of the best shows of the weekend!


  • I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
  • Old
  • Imperium
  • A Thousand Lies
  • Locust
  • Aesthetics Of Hate
  • Darkness Within
  • This Is The End
  • Halo
  • Davidian