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Hot New Band: Once Human

Ex-Machine Head man finds perfect partner in the brutal Once Human.

It’s taken 12 years for versatile former Machine Head shredder Logan Mader to step out from behind the mixing desk and pick up a guitar again.

Keeping himself busy producing for Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira and more, a natural evolution brought him back on track, conjuring death metal with a twist under the moniker Once Human.

“I got the itch to play again,” Logan tells us. “Once Human is a passion project – I’m doing it because I love the music. I haven’t played the guitar for fun in years, and I want to play again before I’m too old.”

This timely return wouldn’t have happened without the discovery of frontwoman Lauren Hart, who was being scouted by some major metal labels due to her unexpectedly ferocious chops. 

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