Machine Head Bassist Quits The Band

Adam Duce has surprisingly quit as bassist of Machine Head, the band has confirmed on its official website.

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In surprise news, Machine Head have parted ways with bassist Adam Duce, according to a statement posted on the band's official website.

The news of Adam Duce's departure from Machine Head should come as a shock to headbangers everywhere, as Duce is a founding member of the metal band. Having formed Machine Head with frontman Robb Flynn in 1991, Duce's exit leaves Flynn as the only remaining original member of the Bay area group (via Loudwire).

This official statement was posted on Machine Head's website:

"Machine Head and bassist Adam Duce have parted ways. The split is amicable, and Machine Head would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors. The band will continue on for the time being as a three-piece and have begun the writing process for their follow-up to 2011′s 'Unto The Locust'. A late 2013 release is projected."

Machine Head also broke the news on their official Twitter account, simply writing, "Machine Head and Adam Duce part ways," before linking to the statement.

Adam Duce nor any member of Machine Head have offered an additional comment on the breakup. Robb Flynn, however, tweeted about working on new material only two hours before the announcement of Duce's departure was made public.

Setting up the jam room to demo new tunes. #Miccablespaghettimania.#cooldrumheads instagr.am/p/WC3vJHRaY_/

Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) 22 2013 .

72 comments sorted by best / new / date

    D4CE
    What's up with all these people leaving their band lately?
    bassthunder
    At least they say this split was amicable. I imagine he left for family reasons or something.
    cbabb7
    I hate when titles read "quits the band". i prefer leaves the band. i also like marshmallows and rainbows and kittens.
    DOS-JSY
    Maybe he and Dave Lombardo should start a new band! xD
    AllMax47
    Don't give up on Dave too soon. I'm sure this problem will be solved.
    skull_king
    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
    andygee33
    Really loved MH back in the day, don't love their new stuff so much. Locust is great though. MH are gonna be hard pushed replacing him.
    CoolMcAwesome
    This isn't really a surprise. He and Rob haven't ben getting along personally for a long time now (They were in therapy...). Still sucks though, but I think it is for the best . He wasn't getting the creative outlet he needed anymore, and that isn't a position to be in when in a band. As to the new record, Im hoping that MH change up their style a little (I loved the blackening, and locust was almost as good, but a think a change is in order to keep it fresh).
    ThatZachGuy
    Saw this over the weekend. Kinda bummed me out, but gotta respect the man's wishes. Glad it ended on good terms. Anyone else think Duce should team up with Lombardo and Caggiano?
    momo_512
    Haha, another Dave on drum and another Rob on guitar, he shoud not feel homesick xD
    SonOfAnarchy
    Sucks that Adam left, his back up vocals are killer! Next up for MH: Call up Jason Newstead!
    captainsnazz
    The best thing about this article is how the twitter stuff is all russian
    RoboHendrix
    You know UG is a Russian based website, da?
    j-mac71
    now i know why the old email i use for this was gettin hacked lol
    Jmoarguitar
    Good thing those "Nu Metal" posers didn't make one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time, oh wait, they did! I know this isn't gonna hinder them too much, but I remember watching a live show where Adam was shouting the backup vocals and it sounded like a whole damn army coming at you!
    momo_512
    They didn't make one of the greatest Thrash Metal albums of all time, but three !
    gorkyporky
    This is sad, he was a pretty important member, especially live. I wonder what happened. And i hope they find a good replacement.
    EoinOwnage
    Yeah this sucks, guess I'm lucky to say I seem them last year and met Adam afterwards
    eike811
    hm...whos next? Broderick? Holt? Hetfield? WTF is goin on in the world of ThrashMetal???
    crazysam23_Atax
    Um...dude, Machine Head isn't Thrash.
    Camron62\m/
    you can't say their two latest albums don't have a thrash feel to them. even a little bit of their early stuff.
    CoolMcAwesome
    I can, and will say it: they are not a thrash band. Never have been. If you think the previous two albums have any thrash feeling, then your conception of thrash is askew. Warbringer is thrash, Slayer is thrash, Testament and (old) Metallica are thrash. MH have done a lot of things, but they weren't really thrash. Still love the band... but they are NOT thrash metal.
    qrEE
    Your concept of Thrash is eschewed. Technically, Machine Head is in most ways Thrash. Thrash Metal basically just means "punk + NWOBHM". They have aspects of both, therefore, they are Thrash. They are called "Post-Thrash" aka "Groove Metal", aka "a subgenre of Thrash". They are Thrash. Just as they are Post-Thrash, Vektor is Progressive Thrash, Cryptic Slaughter is Crossover Thrash, and ICP is TRASH.
    Sir-Shredalot
    What the duce! (bastd beat me) He was a great guy. Gave me a shot of Whisky on the Burn my Eyes tour when i was 15. Guess that was their peak. imo Chris Kontos brought so much to the band, like Bonham, Lombardo, Jimmy Chamberlin etc.
    CoolMcAwesome
    Kontos was great, but I have to say that Dave McLain is really their guy. Had a chance to meet the dudes in '08. Even though I ran into them right after the meet and greet had ended, they were kind enough to hang for a few photos, autographs, and high fives. (man, got meet a ton of bands that day: dragon force, mastodon, airborne, machinehead, and some of the dudes from slipknot, who borrowed a lighter)
    tbomb515
    well at least it's an easy replacement
    bradd101
    Because he's a bassist? He helps create Machine Head's sound, it won't be the same without him (probably still awesome though) It'd be like Rush losing Geddy Lee or GnR losing Duff back in the Appetite for Destruction days
    fromzero
    Adam writes guitar riffs for them too. He chipped in a bunch if locust riffs and wrote the halo riff too.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    ok i love machine head but im gonna say this now its NOT like losing geddy lee. hes a metal bassist, and unfortunately that means aiding the guitar sound with low end. its not that unfortunate shit sounds awesome, but itll probably be exactly the same
    qrEE
    While I agree with you a little, I take offense to the "Metal bassist = aiding the guitar sound only" idea. After all, Steve Harris, Steve Digiorgio, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Cliff Burton, Roger Patterson, Tony Choy, Alex Webster, Eric Langlois, Sean Malone, Nefarious, Jaun Alderete, Doug Keyser, Dominic Lapointe... And that's just for starters.
    tbomb515
    I know he's an original member but machine are so trebley that you couldn't really hear him in the first place
    crazysam23_Atax
    Wtf kind of speakers/headphones are you listening to Machine Head to through? Trebly? WHAT?!
    ramorite
    kinda is trebly honestly (not saying i dont like them i love them) still very sad to hear
    DJ_Effrey
    Doesn't sound like you pay much attention to Machine Head when you listen to them. Plus, Adam's backing vocals are pretty important, at least in their live shows.
    bassthunder
    You and I have clearly not been listening to the same Machine Head. Duce was a huge part of the band's sound. He's a great bassist, too; he may not have been the most technical guy, but he wrote really cool bass parts.
    Abacus11
    Come on man, if you don't understand how a band's sound is created don't make comments like that. It's okay to not know certain things... that's the best time to be quiet and listen and learn.
    Shavyi
    He is the guy who did all the backing vocals live, and those are pretty good. And he is a good part of Machine Head sound since they have a lot of two guitar lead part, and the bass stands for a rythmical guitar and I think he really did a great job. The replacement will not be easy. I hope this will not change their amazing sound.
    AllMax47
    Nevertheless, I prefer to think that Robb, Dave or Phil are a lot more irreplaceable than Adam, with all due respect to him.
    crazysam23_Atax
    I disagree. Bass is what holds everything together. Without a bass guitarist, Metal bands sound flat. I'm sure one of the guitar players will do the bass in studio for now, and they'll pick up a touring bassist.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    youre right. but probably the best part about them is how easy it is to just get new guys
    FabulousIan
    That's it for a good new album... Really wanted to see them creating something BETTER than Unto the Locust or The Blackening
    Shavyi
    Cause you think they can top Unto the Locust ? They are no more nu-metal, and that's good.
    crazysam23_Atax
    What makes you think that their new album will suck? @Shavyi: Agree 100% about them no longer being nu-metal. "Unto the Locust" was great. Honestly, I do hope they top that, because it was such a huge step in the right direction.
    Shavyi
    Honestly, I listen to Unto the Locust yesterday again, and it blows me away every single ****ing time I listen to. I discovered the band with this record, and I can't imagine I didn't before.
    HARTATTACK69
    Unto the Locust and The Blackening were thrashterpieces. I have no doubt they'll deliver another excellent album
    bassthunder
    Are you kidding? I loved both those albums. The Blackening was one of the first metal albums I owned...
    Gortorek
    YES! One down. If all the rest of them quit, we'll all be better for it! DOWN WITH NU METAL POSERS!
    Camron62\m/
    Robb should've let Adam contribute more. i just lost a bit of respect for one of my favorite bands. Though he was just a bassist, Machine Head won't necesarily be the same. :/
    intwernet
    I have never been so much into MH, but when I was at their concert in Prague, he was the one that I liked, his stage presence and his image, he is the one that I remember the most.
    metallica_102
    I still find this pretty surprising. He stayed with the band during their tough times when they weren't releasing the best material. Now after MH has gone from strength to strength with great albums and become one of the more popular metal bands of today he then leaves. Still if he isn't enjoying it anymore or doesn't want to be in the band anymore it's the best choice for everyone.