Phil Demmel

Phil Demmel
Phil Demmel in 2011.
Background information
Born (1967-04-02) April 2, 1967 (age 52)[1]
Dublin, California
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1985–present
Associated actsMachine Head, Vio-lence, Torque, Technocracy,

Phil Demmel (born April 2, 1967) is a musician, who played lead guitar in American heavy metal band Machine Head between 2002 and 2018, making him their longest running member in that position. He was also a founding member of Vio-lence, which also included Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn. Demmel was also a member of Torque.


Demmel joined Machine Head shortly before the recording of the 2003 album Through the Ashes of Empires.[2] He began touring with Machine Head in 2002. He is long time friends with Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, either since or before they both played in Vio-lence.

In 2007 Demmel appeared as a guest on the album DDP 4 Life with Chuck Billy's and Steve Souza's Dublin Death Patrol.[3]

Demmel has suffered from a loss of consciousness and fainting several times whilst playing live with Machine Head. At first believed to be a side effect of dehydration, Demmel has since spoken out stating that an existing heart condition was the cause. On the subject of his collapse whilst playing in Bristow, Virginia:

"I've suffered from episodes of Cardiogenic Syncope for the last 17 years or so but (doctors) ran a series of tests that came up inconclusive. I hadn't had it happen for a while until last December in Italy, when I passed out roughly about the time my father passed away back in the States. The incident in Virginia felt similar to what has happened in the past"[4]

Demmel announced his engagement to Bleeding Through keyboardist Marta Peterson in January 2012. Before that, he had two children.[5][6]

Following Demmel's departure from Machine Head in November 2018,[7] musical outlets reported there were rumors that he would reunite with Vio-lence, who planned to do shows and possibly release new material "in the not too distant future."[8][9] A reunion of the band was officially confirmed on January 8, 2019, and they will be performing occasional live shows that year.[10][11][12][13][14]

In December 2018, Demmel joined Slayer for a few shows on their final European tour, filling in for his friend Gary Holt who left the tour to be home with his dying father.[15]

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