Former MACHINE HEAD and present SACRED REICH drummer Dave McClain was a visitor on a latest episode of the “Discuss Louder” podcast, hosted by veteran music journalist “Steel Dave” Glessner and lifelong exhausting rock/metallic vocalist Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS).
The 56-year-old musician, who joined MACHINE HEAD in 1995, introduced his departure from the California metallic band in October 2018. McClain, together with guitarist Phil Demmel, went on to finish the Robb Flynn-fronted act’s “Freaks & Zeroes Tour” earlier than they each formally exited the group.
Talking about his determination to depart MACHINE HEAD, McClain informed “Discuss Louder” (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was simply time. And to take a seat there and discuss all of the issues that led as much as that… It is sort of like simply stuff that I might inform you guys in a non-public [setting], however I feel for individuals who… As a result of I like when individuals come as much as me with MACHINE HEAD albums — any album. It is superb. For me to have been… ‘Trigger these information — particularly ‘The Extra Issues Change…’ after which ‘By way of The Ashes [Of Empires]’ and ‘The Blackening’ — these information had been part of individuals’s lives, and that is one thing that, being a musician, when that occurs, that is the fortunate half… So for me to speak about all that stuff that led up for me personally to depart, it was simply one thing that… I discuss it with my associates, all my associates, and I’ll inform individuals or no matter, however only for followers and every thing, I feel it is most likely higher for them, in the event that they wanna keep a fan of MACHINE HEAD or no matter — completely, man. You need not know all of the stuff that was happening that led me, that led Phil Demmel to depart the band. It is nearly like a child, when the mother and father are getting divorced — you need not know all of the stuff that is happening together with your mother and father. It was simply one thing that I did not wanna be part of anymore, and that was partly the music, the path of every thing, and a number of different issues. And for me personally, it was simply one thing that I had [to do]. For me, simply to be proud of something you are doing is extra necessary than something.”
In a 2020 interview with Australia’s Depraved Pix Images, Dave mentioned that he “undoubtedly [had] no regrets” about his determination to depart MACHINE HEAD. “It is one thing to today, nearly daily, I am grateful that I did it,” he defined. “And I am positive Phil is simply too. We talked about it. We’re each in a great spot.
“He truly beat me to the punch,” Dave continued. “He give up. ‘Trigger he had known as me, and he was, like, ‘Hey, I give up.’ And I used to be, like, ‘What? I am gonna give up. I am quitting first.’ So it was sort of like this factor the place he did it. And I used to be on my approach to apply, with no Phil there, and that is when it occurred — once I was within the apply room. [Robb] was, like, ‘Hey, Phil give up as we speak. We must always most likely discuss this.’ And I used to be, like, ‘Okay, properly, I give up too.'”
In contrast to Demmel, McClain had loads of time instantly following the completion of MACHINE HEAD‘s fall 2018 tour to look again on the expertise of enjoying within the band for greater than 20 years and the circumstances that led him to stroll away from it.
“Once we got here again [home] from that final tour, that day, that subsequent day, [Phil] texted me and he was, like, ‘Dude, I am gonna go play with SLAYER,'” Dave recalled to Depraved Pix Images. “So he had like a bazillion SLAYER songs to be taught and do all these things. I feel I most likely had an excellent three weeks of processing every thing that glided by. I bear in mind I noticed him when he got here again [from filling in for Gary Holt on the SLAYER tour], and he was, like, ‘Dude, you look completely different. You look so comfortable.’ And I am, like, ‘I’m.’ And he is, like, ‘I have never been in a position to course of this entire factor but.'”
In line with McClain, there have been a number of combined feelings related along with his departure from MACHINE HEAD. “It wasn’t only a comfortable factor we had been gone,” he defined to Depraved Pix Images. “There was a number of anger in it to the place, like, I’ve gotta give up this factor that I have been part of for 20-something years. So I used to be pissed off at that — that one thing that I cherished turned one thing that I did not get pleasure from anymore.”
In a June 2019 interview with “Robb’s MetalWorks”, McClain mentioned that he not believed in MACHINE HEAD‘s songs and path previous to his departure from the band.
A number of months after McClain and Demmel give up MACHINE HEAD, Phil mentioned that the band “turned a Robb Flynn solo mission” and he described his previous couple of years with the group as “mainly amassing a paycheck.” Demmel additionally mentioned that the musical aspect of MACHINE HEAD took a pointy flip for the more serious in the course of the writing stage for 2018’s “Catharsis”, an album that he mentioned he hated.
The day he introduced McClain and Demmel‘s exit from MACHINE HEAD, Flynn launched a video message by which he blamed the cut up on the truth that he and his bandmates had “grown aside as individuals. Musically, we have grown aside. I’ve held on too tight to the reins of this band, and I’ve suffocated these guys.” He went on to say that his “tough edges” had given MACHINE HEAD the success that it has, however in addition they “damage the individuals round me. I’ve acquired a number of drive, however I’ve acquired a number of anger and rage. And that drive of mine has alienated people within the band,” he mentioned.
In early 2020, MACHINE HEAD accomplished the North American leg of its Twenty fifth-anniversary tour for the band’s debut album, “Burn My Eyes”. Every present on the trek consisted of two components: half one noticed Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside new recruits, Polish guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (DECAPITATED) and British drummer Matt Alston (DEVILMENT, EASTERN FRONT); whereas half two featured “Burn My Eyes” performed in its entirety for the primary time ever, with unique “Burn My Eyes” drummer Chris Kontos and guitarist Logan Mader becoming a member of in.
McClain rejoined Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH in December 2018 and recorded the band’s first album in 23 years, “Awakening”, which was launched in 2019 through Steel Blade Data.