Dave McClain (musician)

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Dave McClain
McClain in 2010
McClain in 2010
Background information
Birth nameDavid Wayne McClain
Born (1965-10-22) October 22, 1965 (age 57)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
OriginSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
GenresThrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal, nu metal, speed metal

David Wayne McClain (born October 22, 1965) is an American drummer. He is best known as the former drummer for the American heavy metal band, Machine Head.[1] He joined the band in 1995 and left the band in 2018 after 23 years in the band.[2] He replaced Chris Kontos[1] when the latter left shortly after their first album, Burn My Eyes. He was formerly a member of S.A. Slayer (not to be confused with the California-based Slayer), Riot offshoot Narita, Turbin, Catalepsy, Murdercar (featuring producer Ross Robinson), Ministers of Anger (Dave Clemmons). Currently he has rejoined Sacred Reich in 2018, which he originally played for from 1991–1995.

McClain has been a vegan since 2017.[3][4]


He currently endorses Remo drumheads, Yamaha drums and hardware and Zildjian cymbals. He also uses Zildjian Dave McClain signature Drumsticks. He previously endorsed Tama, Pearl and DDrum.


McClain performing in 2009

Albums and EPs[edit]

S.A. Slayer
  • Prepare to Die EP (Rainforest Records, 1983)
  • Go for the Throat (Under den Linden Records, 1988)
  • unreleased album (1990)
Sacred Reich
Machine Head

In the Blood of Virgins, Metal Massacre VII (Metal Blade Records, 1986)

  • with Murdercar

Mirage of Blood, Metal Massacre X (Metal Blade Records, 1989)

  • with Ministers of Anger

The Great Escape, Metal Massacre XI (Metal Blade Records, 1991)


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Biography: Machine Head". Allmusic. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dave McClain". Avedis Zildjian Company. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dave McClain on Instagram (verified account)". Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Flynn, Robb (December 28, 2017). "THE GENERAL JOURNALS: DIARLY OF A FRONTMAN… AND OTHER RAMBLINGS". Machinehead1.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018. Dave [McClain] has been vegan for the last seven months, [...]