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Robb Flynn (born Lawrence Matthew Cardine, adopted, July 19 1968, Oakland, Californiamarker) is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the thrash metal band Machine Head. Flynn formed the band along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Costanza after leaving Bay Area thrash band Vio-Lence.

Flynn also formed the thrash metal band Forbidden (originally Forbidden Evil), while in his graduating year at American High School marker. He played in this band from 1985 to 1987. He wrote four songs which appeared on their debut album, "Chalice Of Blood", "Forbidden Evil", "As Good As Dead" and part of "March Into Fire", but left before an album was released to join local thrash metal rivals Vio-lence, alongside present Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel.

Flynn then went on to form the present-day band, Machine Head, whose debut album "Burn My Eyes" made Flynn a phenomenon.

In January 2005 Flynn was selected as one of the four team captains of Roadrunner United, an act to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of Roadrunner Records. Flynn wrote, produced and recorded guitar on four songs, and sang a duet with Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage on one song "The Dagger".

Machine Head's recent release The Blackening climbed to #54 on the US Billboard after appearing on the charts only two weeks previously; it was also nominated for a Grammy Award, making it by far the band's most successful album.

On 11 June 2007, Robb Flynn received the Metal Hammer 2007 Golden God Award.



  • Gibson Baritone Flying V
  • ESP SP120 V-Shaped Baritone Prototype
  • ESP LTD F-Series
  • B.C. Rich Red Acrylic Warlock
  • Washburn 333, "Dimebolt"
  • Gibson Flying V (with EMG 81 in bridge)
  • Martin Eric Clapton acoustic

For the recording of the song "Aesthetics of Hate", inspired by reactions to the murder of his friend Dimebag Darrell, from the album The Blackening, Flynn used a Washburn 333, nicknamed "Dimebolt", which was given to him by Dimebag after he broke one of Flynn's guitars while intoxicated. However, in the music video for the song, Flynn can be seen playing his transparent B.C. Rich Warlock.


Flynn uses Peavey 5150 and 6505+ heads with Marshall cabinets both live and in the studio. He owns eight Peavey heads, only one of which is used for recording.



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