Machine Head have been dealing with some serious bassist issues since the departure of original member Adam Duce. The band recently took to their Facebook page and invited fans to submit audition tapes, and although Machine Head have yet to find a new musician to hold down the low end for their upcoming Mayhem Festival dates, the metal titans will be accepting YouTube videos until April 19.

Adam Duce was fired by Machine Head in February after 21 years of service with the band. According to a statement from frontman Robb Flynn, he "just couldn't take it anymore." Although Duce had been a member of the band since its very inception, Flynn also claimed that the bassist had mentally quit the band "well over a decade ago."

The newest Machine Head post regarding bass auditions reads:

Machine Head would like to thank all of the people who have submitted YouTube clips so far, we want you all to know that we’ve watched all of your videos, and while there may not have been an initial confirmation/reply that your video was received, we have been going through each of the many submissions one-by-one. We will continue taking submissions until next Friday, April 19th, at which point we will stop accepting submissions, select candidates and begin tryouts.

If you want to submit your clips but have not yet done so, make sure you do before next Friday. Videos can be set to private with the only allowed viewer set to the audition e-mail address (, should you choose.

Remember, you are being asked to play bass AND sing. Anyone who is not also singing in their clips will unfortunately have to be overlooked, so if you’re going through the instrumental effort, give the singing a shot!

Thanks to everyone for all of the submissions so far, your time and effort is sincerely appreciated.

- Machine Head

So get off your couch and record your audition tape for Machine Head! All you have to do is record bass and vocals for the songs, 'This is the End,' 'Halo' + 'Beautiful Mourning,' upload them onto YouTube and send off the links to