Robb Flynn fans know that he's a remarkable writer; honest, witty, and to the point. Robb's online blog, The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman...And Other Ramblings - Life Affirming
, has given fans a whole new insight into the man behind Machine Head's music. Fans of Slayer would appreciate Robb's essay on meeting the late Jeff Hanneman, who died yesterday from liver failure:
We sat down and chatted for a while, and then I went all SLAYER-nerd on him and started grilling him on what songs he wrote.
Me: 'Who wrote 'Angel Of Death'?'
Jeff: 'I did'
Me: 'Lyrics too?'
Me: 'Raining Blood'?'
Me: 'Dead Skin Mask'?'
Me: 'South Of Heaven'?'
Me: 'Black Magic'?'
Jeff: 'You know it'
Me: 'Hell Awaits'?'
"On and on it went, that man wrote both the music and lyrics to a large goddamn portion of my favorite SLAYER songs. He was a huge influence on my songwriting growing up in particular with arrangements and the bold use of key changes. The one thing SLAYER band always had over so many other bands is they were all over the guitar neck when it came to key changes. Leads would be in some of the most random keys ever, but somehow it made it all that much more frantic, and when the chorus kicked back in, BOOM! CRUSHING! Set up perfectly."
Visit Machine Head's website
to read more and catch them on the road during the Mayhem Festival this summer with Robb's ever-present Epiphone Love/Death Baritone Flying V.