Bay Area’s own Machine Head releasing album today, hosting Oakland listening party 

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Metalhead alert!

Our own local demigods Machine Head aren’t just releasing their new seventh slugfest “Unto The Locust” today — they’re putting hometown twist on it.

Tonight at 8 p.m., at the Oakland Metro Opera House (630 3rd St., Oakland), they’ll be hosting an actual listening party for the record for all diehard fans. The album was recorded in Oakland, as well, at Green Day’s own Jingletown Studios, and it’s already being hailed in rock mags as “A modern metal masterpiece” and “This decade’s ‘Master Of Puppets.’”

Machine has been through a few lineup changes since forming way back in ’92. But it’s still anchored by bassist/backing vocalist Rob Flynn and singer/rhythm guitarist Adam Duce. And “Unto The Locust” follows the band’s Grammy-nominated set from 2007, “The Blackening.” And what could prove a better night out for any Bay Area rocker than hanging with these long-haired old-schoolers with their own new material jackhammering in the background?

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