Lock Up have parted ways with Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and have recruited Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) to take his place. There is no “bad blood” between members. Lindberg simply left due to his obligations to At The Gates and their current touring schedule.
The band issued the following statement on Facebook:
“It seems to be on the internet already so you may aswell hear it from us now a little earlier than we planned.
Unfortunately we have to announce the departure of our brother and long-time vocalist Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates / Disfear).For the record, there’s absolutely no bad blood or drama involved and we wish Tompa nothing but the best in all his future endeavours.
As you all know, At The Gates have just released a brand new, killer album, and the subsequent touring schedule that will follow means Tompa simply won’t have any free time to commit to Lock Up’s imminent future plans of recording a new album or any live performances that will follow.
So please welcome our good friend and partner in grind, Mr. Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth into the ranks of the band as our new full time vocalist. Kevin made his debut live appearance with Lock Up at Manizales Grita Rock Festival in Colombia back in early October with only 10 days notice to learn 22 songs.
This is a very exciting and brand new chapter for the band as we prepare to enter the studio in the coming months to record our follow-up album to ‘Necropolis Transparent’, which came out on Nuclear Blast Records back in 2011. The band is currently busy in writing mode and currently seeking a new label home and hope for an early summer release of the as yet untitled new album.”
Tomas Lindberg said the following:
“I sadly had to part ways with.my good ol’ grindbuddies in Lock Up.This is all due to time/schedule/logistic issues. The new At The Gates record needs/deserves its time, and i don’t want to leave my brothers from downtown hades hanging. In a dream world i could do both, but it would be egoistic of me to hang on to it – and constantly having to say no to stuff because i wasn’t available. Luckily a mutual grind bear buddy, Mr. Kevin Sharp, was able to step in. He will be a perfect replacement. He has the heart, the passion and the voice. He has also been a friend of everybody in the band for as long as i can remember. I will miss the music, the brotherhood, the fans and the good times. But i think that this decision is for the best of the band, and that is what matters.”
Kevin Sharp also commented on his addition:
“Having already toured with Lock Up several times, its fells very natural jamming with them. When we played the gig in Colombia last month… If I wore shoes, I’m sure they would have been very comfortable.
Barker is an absolute pleasure to follow – hit’s like an asshole on fire. Anton’s tones and riffage are simply metallic and classic . And Shane and myself – well we’ve done Venomous Concept for over 10 years now – I know how the man is wired. I’m super stoked to see the variables put together… This is gonna be ridiculously heavy.
Nothing but but huge grind gratitude for Tompa and his work in the band… It’s pretty cool tearing apart his phrasing and lyrical style. Never too old to learn new things about what you can do with your voice and dissecting his approach is an honor. Uber grind salutations to his reboot of both Disfear and At The Gates. Two of my favorites. I look forward to crossing paths with them in the future…
Let’s kill it…”