Machine Head have started auditions for new members

Machine Head's Robb Flynn (Image credit: Steve Brown)

Machine Head have begun auditioning for a new guitarist and drummer.

Both Phil Demmel and Dave McClain quit the band following the conclusion of the Freaks & Zeroes tour in November last year.

And with Machine Head leader Robb Flynn back in the studio working on “some new heaviness,” the search in on for a new duo to join him and bassist Jared MacEachern.

Flynn revealed that auditions had been taking place at Sharkbite Studios in California during an Instagram live stream.

According to Blabbermouth, Flynn said: “You might not know some of these guys, some of you may.”

He added: “It’s been awesome, really good – in fact, really confusing. I don't know where we are going. We've got some thinking to do.”

The musicians in question have been put through their paces by playing tracks including LocustFrom This DayHaloAesthetics Of Hate and This Is The End.

Since leaving Machine Head, Demmel has played with Slayer and resurrected Vio-lence, while McClain recently rejoined Sacred Reich

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