“Voilá, Yamaha it is! I have a really, really long history with Yamaha: I learned to play bass on a Yamaha, I rode my first wheels on a Yamaha, I did our first record on a Yamaha, I played my first show on a Yamaha … I´ve always liked everything they have done, it’s a company that puts out top quality in everything they do. It´s a company you can´t go wrong with” (Adam Duce, 2012)
Adam Duce is bass player and founding member for US West Coast heavy metal quartet “Machine Head” formed in 1992 with the talents of ex-Vio-Lence guitar players Robert Flynn and Phil Demmel.
The band's D.I.Y. work ethic, aggressive playing, and relentless self-promotion eventually landed them a deal with “Roadrunner Records” a relationship that would last to date.
Their blistering debut, 1992's "Burn My Eyes", blended the powerful, modern attack of Pantera and Alice in Chains with the volatility of classic thrash bands like Death Angel and Slayer, earning them a huge European following. The record sold over 500,000 copies and spawned a massive international tour that lasted almost two years.
The excessive touring and high-octane lifestyle took its toll on the group, but they fought through their demons on 1999's "Burning Red", resulting in the hit "From This Day," their first commercial single and video.
2001 saw the release of "Supercharger", followed by the concert album Hellalive and the critically lauded "Through the Ashes of Empires" in 2003.
Machine Head's sixth studio album, titled "The Blackening", was released March 2007. It instantly made the top 20 in several European countries. Robb Flynn stated during an interview that the band are fans of Rush and received a great deal of influence from their album A Farewell to Kings while creating The Blackening.
On June 2007, at the Metal Hammer awards, the band won the award for "Best Album", and Flynn won the "Golden God" award. Machine Head also won "Album of the Year" at Kerrang's annual ceremony.
3 years after the release of "The Blackening", Machine Head wrapped their touring cycle for the album, finishing in Sydney, Australia on the 28th March, looking back on support shows for Metallica and headlining shows at european and american festivals.
In February 2010, "The Blackening" was awarded the Album of the Decade award from Metal Hammer Magazine.
On October 8th 2011 the abum was named Roadrunner Records "Album of the Century".
In late 2010, Machine Head went back into the studio, setting up shop in Green Day's Jingletown Studios to begin work on a new album. Produced by Flynn himself, the band released their seventh album.
When released in September 2011 “Unto The Locust” sold over 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting Machine Head in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 19-year history.
This is the third consecutive album to show at least a 20 percent increase in sales over its predecessor, a virtually unprecedented feat for any band or artist, let alone a metal band in 2011.