January 29, 2009, posted by Crumbs.

Metal Hammer Slipknot / Machine Head 5-part web feature from Tampere, Finland!

Machine Head

AAA: Slipknot & Machine Head

On tour feature with 2 of metals biggest and best bands!

SLIPKNOT are the ultimate metal hate machine. Machine Head are the ultimate party metallers. Together they destroyed Europe on the most brutal tour of 2008.

When you visit Tampere pronounced Tam-pair-ay and situated two hours north of Helsinki, Finland it would be fitting to be issued with your own ball of tumbleweed upon arrival. Its Sunday. And, as our unhelpful hotel receptionist informs us, its International Fathers Day. The town is deserted. The shops are closed. Museums and galleries, closed. Restaurants and cafes, closed. This could be any industrial town in the UK. Imagine Swindon or Milton Keynes on Christmas Day. And then suck what little life there is out of it. Thats Tampere.

How do we get to Moomin Land from here? Hammer enquires as were determined to amuse ourselves in the four hours before our departure.

Its closed, the receptionist abruptly points out.

Ohhhh Kaaaaay We have some time to kill, what would you recommend we do while were here? Our hapless informant merely shrugs and shakes his head. A quick reconnaissance mission in the hotels vicinity confirms it. Everything save for McDonalds in the shopping mall next door and the hotel restaurant is closed. To add insult to our plight, our watch seems to be broken. Were sure its been an hour since we last checked, as we wander around town, freezing our extremities off in a blanket of fog, raindrops lashing at our skin like thousands of tiny needles, looking for something, anything to do. Five minutes. Time, it seems, runs a little slower in this town

Its a stark contrast to just 24 hours ago. The very same hotel and surrounding area was swarming with metal heads from all across the country, bubbling and babbling with excitement and probably a skinful of booze already. The reason? The Slipknot and Machine Head juggernaut has just hit Europe, and theyre ready to slay.

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Source: - A Place Dedicated to the Mighty Machine Head!