With the 1999 record The Burning Red, MACHINE HEAD made a bold transition into nu-metal with tracks like “From This Day” and “Desire to Fire,” which featured even rapping. Although it wasn’t initially well-received, The Burning Red remains one of their most popular albums as far as the sales goes.
“The Burning Red didn’t sell half a million copies because people hated it!” Robb said. “There were a lot of motherf**kers lying about not getting that record.”
Flynn refutes the notion that The Burning Red signified MACHINE HEAD‘s foray into hip hop, noting that “Davidian” video had already marked a shift in this direction.
“I was throwing Method Man raps into ‘A Thousand Lies’ on the Burn My Eyes tour. We were covering ‘Colors’ by Ice-T, but suddenly people were saying we ‘got into hip-hop’ on The Burning Red. The ‘Davidian’ video is a rap video, we’re walking down the streets with pitbulls, for Christ’s sake!
“I never understood that criticism. I think those The Burning Red songs stood the test of time. Our mistake was making that video – it was corny as f*ck!”