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Metal machine: Machine Head headlines at the Town Ballroom

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Machine Head headlines at the Town Ballroom.   Getty Images

Way back at the end of the 1980s, when the Grammy Awards rather hilariously doled out the Best Hard
Rock/Metal trophy to Jethro Tull for that band’s excellent but decidedly nonmetal "Crest of a Knave," it was easy to assume that they’d never get it right when it came to the black sheep of the rock family. Metal was just never gonna get any mainstream respect.

Twenty years later, many in the metal community felt the Grammys had redeemed themselves, at least partly, by nominating Machine Head’s blistering "The Blackening" album for the 2008 award. (The band lost out to Slayer, which one assumes its members would wear as a badge of honor.) 

Machine Head still isn’t exactly mainstream -- its music is too aggressive, knotty and dark-hued for that to happen. But, as the band marks its 21st year with the worldwide metal smash "Unto the Locust" firmly tucked under its belt, one has to accept Machine Head as among the elder statesmen of contemporary metal.

Now, following a successful stint on last summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival jaunt, Machine Head is headlining its own tour, above friends Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour and Rise To Remain. That tour stops at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 7 p.m. today (Jan. 29). Tickets are $20 advance, $24 day-of-show (box office, www.Tickets.com).

-- Jeff Miers

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