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Robb Flynn Is Now Machine Head’s Only Remaining Founding Member

Adam Duce Machine Head

Late on Friday Machine Head posted to their Facebook a very succinct and unemotional statement announcing the departure of founding bassist Adam Duce from the band. The brief statement is as follows:

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.


No word from either party has surfaced yet, but I have a feeling that if it was an amicable split more pleasantries would have been exchanged. It’s also somewhat strange that just 2 hours before this rather startling and polarizing announcement that Robb Flynn tweeted about new material being written. It’s no secret that Adam and Robb had their difficulties, arguments between the pair were a regular occurrence – even causing them to seek therapy as a way to calm things down between them. It seems that these efforts have proven to be in vain, and Adam has now left (or been kicked out) the band. It’s always a shame to see a band lose most of its original line-up, especially when you factor in the integral part that Adam’s distinctive bass work has always played in the Bay Area thrash band’s music.

Machine Head Tweet

Machine Head are currently riding a wave of success, their most recent ouput being some of the best critically received albums that the band have ever produced. Arguably, this could have been achieved due to the arrival of new talent in their ranks, with the alumni unceremoniously departing the band. Or, it could have a lot to do with Robb Flynn’s own changing personality. We can only speculate at this point, but let’s hope that material released later this year continues the band’s upward trend. The promise of new material on the horizon does seem like a small consolation when compared to the price of losing a great bassist from the band that he made his name. Let’s hope he bounces back with a great new project. While we at The Monolith don’t advocate drama, we’ll be sure to inform you if any further pertinent details about this split surface.

Here’s a choice cut from their last album Unto The Locust, out now on Roadrunner Records.

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