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Blacktooth85
02-22-2013, 01:41 PM
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=186608

"I had some issues with [the writing] process [for 'Unto The Locust']. I kind of took myself out of it until it was time to write my bass lines. I wrote a bunch of music, or riffs, that Robb [Flynn, guitar/vocals] didn't have any idea what to do with vocally, and so he didn't wanna use any of that. But more importantly, I wrote lyrics that meant a lot to me and I gave it to him. I've given him page after page after page of lyrics. And it usually comes back that way, [where] he'll use a verse or a part of it or whatever — 'I'm gonna take this part and put it down here.' . . . whatever works for the cadence. But I got kind of burned on putting my soul out on a piece of paper and giving it to him and when I see it next time, there's no remnants of what the original idea was. And I was just like, 'You know what, dude?! I'm not giving you any more fucking lyrics, because I'm fucking sick of looking at this, the way that it fucking turns out.' I said, 'I'll work on it with you at the same time, but I'm not giving you any more lyrics. I'm not giving you pages of lyrics.' He was fucking angry at me for a while, but you know… that's fucking what happens."

Asked if he has ever thought about quitting the band, Adam said: "I've thought about quitting on different occasions, but I mean, Robb's thought about quitting on different occasions as well. Dave [McClain, drums] actually quit the band. I can safely say everybody's thought about quitting at one point or another."

Jesus Christ my favorite bands keep loosing their core members. First Dave looks like he's done with Slayer, now Adam with Machine Head. I hope this week gets over without anything else bad happening.

Bengals279
02-22-2013, 01:47 PM
Ya this week isnt turning out very well. Hopefully nothing happens to machinehead and especially SLayer

300%_Density
02-22-2013, 01:54 PM
So basically...He quit because his lyrics weren't being used? Wow...

MPF
02-22-2013, 02:20 PM
This really sucks, BAD!

I'm sure Machine Head is more than capable of getting another badass bassist, but it won't be the same. L(

TonyD
02-23-2013, 12:07 AM
Well that sucks on many levels.

treghet
02-23-2013, 02:52 AM
Deuces, bro.

W0unds
02-23-2013, 10:33 AM
This really sucks, I always thought of Machine Head as having a rock solid lineup.

I wish Adam had started his own side project for his lyrical output if he felt it wasn't being used in MH rather than leaving.

DementedX14
02-23-2013, 11:30 AM
Since they are in the writing process for a new album an altercation must have happen that pushed Adam to quit.

WOLVERINEKILLS
02-23-2013, 11:38 AM
Since they are in the writing process for a new album an altercation must have happen that pushed Adam to quit.

Not really. Sounds like his exit has been brewing for a while. A few years back there was a interview where he talked about how he almost quit on different occasions due to Rob. It sounds like Unto The Locust was written without him. Its a solid album regardless of who wrote it. I think MH will carry on & still deliver solid music. I hope Duce finds a new band to release his material too.

AnthG
02-23-2013, 12:39 PM
That sucks, but MH has gone through lineup changes before. As long as the guitar duo of Robb and Phil is in tact I think they'll be alright.

Sinister_Chalupa666
02-23-2013, 06:44 PM
Sucks that the whole band didn't break up :(

Spiner202
02-23-2013, 07:33 PM
Sucks that the whole band didn't break up :(

I don't normally post comments like this, but I totally agree. Break up Machine Head and bring back one of the greatest bands ever: Vio-lence

anomynous
02-26-2013, 11:40 AM
THE GENERAL JOURNALS: DIARY OF A FRONTMAN... AND OTHER RAMBLINGS
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2-11-13

As much as I do not want to write this journal, I promised you I'd write them "at least once a week". Good, bad, happy or sad… so this is what has to be done.

2-11-13.
That is the date we fired Adam Duce. That is the day that I had to tell Adam that after 21 years of being in a band together, I just couldn't take it anymore.

That is the day I said "My hope is that this can be amicable."

The words sounded like someone else had spoken them.

It was like being outside of my body watching someone else deliver these painful words.

But, it was me saying it.

And we all said it.

We had our say sitting in our jam room in Oakland. Dave said it. Joseph (our manager) said it. Phil said it. We all said that we couldn't take being in a band with him anymore. That if this didn't happen, we were going to break up the band.

It was hard. One of the hardest moments of my life.

It was also a long time coming.

We may have fired Adam on 2-11-13, but Adam quit Machine Head well over a decade ago. He just never bothered to tell anyone… but we all knew it.

Contrary to popular belief, being in a band is tough. Really fucking tough. It's the toughest sonofabitch you'll ever come across in your life and it will beat the living shit out of you 80% of the time. Many times it feels like one big rollercoaster, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There are wins and losses seemingly every single day. Being in a band is one of life’s strangest gambles.

But when you do win, when you win that 20%, well... it truly is salvation. It's what makes eating the other 80% of that shit-sandwich bearable. It's where “those” stories come from. It can be the best job you'll ever have and unquestionably one of the hardest you'll ever have. But until you've done it for 20+ years, you have no clue. Until you've held a band together for 20+ years, you really don't know jack shit about it.

You think you do.

You don't.

A band is a dysfunctional family. A brotherhood, a family business, and a renaissance-era-court. You're room-mates in studio-apartment-on-wheels for years-at-a-time, 24-hours-a-day. Plus you're in the pressure cooker of the spotlight, every move analyzed, read into, or attacked. Everybody wants something from you, everybody wants to be your friend, everybody loves you, everybody can do so-much-better-for-you-than-the-people-you-have-now. Some people try and turn you against each other, and everyone wants to take credit for your success.

Often time you're enemies. At odds and fighting about something, but "pretending" everything is "fine" onstage.

But it isn't...

You just wear a mask that looks like it's fine, and after 20 years, we know that mask so well, it slides on way too fuckin' easy.

Adam hasn't been happy in this band for a long time. But how do you leave? To a guy like Adam everything is either winning or losing. A stunning victory or the ultimate failure. There was no in-between. And while that sounds great for a TV show or an interview-sound-bite, or even a John Wayne movie that wraps up in 90 minutes... life just isn't like that.

And life certainly isn't like that for a band like Machine Head. A band who operate in the upper-middle-tier. For us, there are no stunning victories, only respectable wins. No ultimate failures, just better-luck-next-times. We carved a niche, we OWN that niche, but it's still just a niche. Nothing wrong with that.

No matter how un-happy or fed up he got, quitting the band would be seen as "losing" or a "failure". Truth be told, he was sick of it. Sick of touring, sick of recording, sick of practicing, sick of looking at album artwork, sick of being-on-a-team-but-never-getting-the-ball, sick of yearning-for-the-honeymoon-to-resume when 20 years deep it never does. Sick of never quite hitting the big-time, sick of carving the niche... sick of caring.

I don't blame him. It's hard to keep the passion.

But he just wouldn't quit.

We wanted him to quit. We were hoping he would quit, "guys, my heart isn't in this anymore, it was a good run, later dayz". We didn't want it to come to this...

But he wouldn't.

I didn't feel anything as I drove away from the jam room that night. When I awoke the next morning I didn't feel anything either. I wasn't "numb," I still "felt", was just kinda blank. But three days after the meeting, an argument broke out in the jam room about how conflicted I felt about it. Then I cried.

I cried and cried.

I've cried every day since. I’ve been an emotional wreck. I cried writing this. I was sick the day that we announced it (11 days and 2 General Journals after actually doing it), walking around about to vomit for hours.

I met with him for a couple hours last Wednesday, met with him yesterday. It's civil.

I don't know what else to say.

I don't have some inspirational quote to end with here. I'm not gonna sit here and tell you everything is gonna be all right, or that's it gonna be the same. At this moment I can’t even bring myself to say that it's going to be better.

Why?

Because it sucks.

It fucking sucks.

It sucks for everyone who tried to save this.

It sucks more than you can imagine...

It's a horrible relief.



From Robb

hellawaits77ny
02-26-2013, 12:22 PM
Robb should keep his prententious-ass ramblings to himself. I'm dumber, significantly, from reading that.