Lucas Mann To Return To The Stage With Rings Of Saturn, Explains His Hiatus From The Band

Lucas Mann has announced that he will be returning to the stage with Rings Of Saturn on their upcoming Australian/New Zealand tour. The guitarist had previously been on hiatus after being physically assaulted, facing “extreme online toxicity,” and more.

Mann issued the following statement:

“Many of you have been asking me why I took a hiatus from touring these past two years, and why I have repeatedly said to please be patient until I make an official announcement for everyone when the time is right. I will be returning to the stage with Rings of Saturn for the first time on the Dank Memes Australia Tour 2019, so the right time is now to explain my absence.

This post comes from a very personal place and the reason I am making this public is because I care about the fans and want them to have some understanding as to why the decision of a hiatus needed to be made.

There are a multitude of reasons that led to the decision of me taking a hiatus, but the most prominent of all is that I was physically assaulted quite badly at a metal show. Without going into too much detail, the court case took almost the entirety of those two years to conclude.

This is not something I wanted to bring to the attention of people online when it happened as things were already stressful enough for me during that time, so I never spoke of it publicly until now. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time I have been physically assaulted in the metal scene (I never spoke about any of the times I was), but this recent time gave me some realizations that I couldn’t choose to ignore any further.

No one deserves to show up to a work environment that is so hostile and threatening to the point of physical assault or bodily injury every day. These threats have not only been focused at myself, but to the ones closest to me as well. This all started with the numerous hateful MetalSucks articles at the beginning of my career, and over time it has all really snowballed out of control into a mob mentality that no matter how I act or what I do, that mindset doesn’t change or gets worse.

I have dealt with probably the highest form of extreme online toxicity, threats, and general unwarranted hatred that manifests into real life heckling at shows and it’s something I have had to deal with every single day online or in real life over the course of my nearly 10 years of touring with Rings of Saturn.

(Evidence to this can be seen when I made that blue post on Facebook. It went viral overnight and received 2000+ hate comments from the whole scene against me because everyone is so overwhelmingly convinced of their views on someone they don’t even know. I have never made abrasive posts like that before that blue post, and it’s extremely out of character for me to act that way, but people are already so convinced that they instantly believe it to be serious regardless.

This same dynamic also goes for any rumor people make up and spread about me as well. I see so many ridiculous rumors about me all the time (even for my touring absence for example) and people accept whatever they hear regardless of the facts or even what I say. This is often why I do not tell my side of any story you may hear about me because once peoples minds are made up, nothing I can say will change what they choose to believe.

I hope that people can see the real reason behind me experimenting with posts like that recently and how it serves as an exposé into how intense the whole situation surrounding me really is. If anyone else had made posts like that, no one would have cared and people would have given them the benefit of the doubt or laughed it off.)

In addition to dealing with all of the above daily and the multiple assaults in the past, here are the other reasons that led to the decision of a hiatus being made. Again, I don’t wish to go into too much detail about them as they are also quite personal. Multiple members of my family had passed away during this time.

I was moving across the country. I was helping a family member on a different cross country move as well. I became very sick for a few months to the point where touring wasn’t an option in my condition. I am a extremely introverted person with anxiety around people in general, and people take that personally and get offended when they meet me which further fuels this disposition against me. The whole cycle of that is just very exhausting, and is not something good for my mental health on top of everything else.

This is a lot for anyone to deal with, and quite honestly I have always put my personal needs and mental health on the back burner while focusing on my career first. With Rings of Saturn being my project, I had a very important decision to make at that point.

Either put the whole band on hiatus until I am ready to come back, or keep the band touring while I take the time I needed to recoup mentally and focus on what was going on in my personal life. Knowing that the band is a source of income for the others involved, I did not want to take that away from them, and chose to take a personal hiatus as the best option and so fans could still see the band as well.

Even during hiatus I worked on and completed the bands new album coming this year in 2019, as well as managed the band everyday, but I made sure to focus on my personal life and mental health first and foremost so I would be able to come back on tour because it is something I do love to do.

I am very excited to come back to the stage and shred the new 9 string Legator Guitars with Rings of Saturn in Australia. Now that I am ready, I am going to start slow and do a few tours at a time, until I am comfortable coming back more and more. The other guys in the band, as well as my management, Extreme Management Group, Inc., and record label, Nuclear Blast Records, have all been very supportive of me during this time so huge thank you to them and everyone working behind the scenes as well for being so understanding.

Thank you also to the fans for being understanding and patient while waiting for an official announcement. Hope everyone is excited for our new album dropping in 2019! Details on that will be the next big announcements from us!

–Lucas Mann“

[via The PRP]

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Rings Of Saturn, Nekrogoblikon, Mental Cruelty, Etc. Set For European/UK “Sounds Of Carnage” Tour

Rings Of Saturn, Nekrogoblikon, Mental Cruelty, Left To The Wolves, and Harbinger will be hitting the road on the “Sounds Of Carnage” tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

05/03 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion
05/04 Venice, ITA – Revolver
05/05 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
05/06 Ljubljana, SLO – Orto Bar
05/07 Munchen, GER – Backstage
05/08 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
05/09 London, UK – Underworld
05/10 Southampton, UK – Joiners
05/11 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
05/12 Leeds, UK – Key Club
05/13 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
05/14 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
05/15 Hannover, GER – Cafe Glocksee
05/16 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
05/17 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof
05/18 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
05/19 Wien, AUT – Viper Room
05/20 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
05/21 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club
05/22 Leipzig, GER – Naumanns
05/23 Berlin, GER – Lido
05/24 Hamburg, GER – Logo

Rings Of Saturn Recruit Six Feet Under’s Marco Pitruzzella To Drum On Their New Album

Rings Of Saturn have recruited Six Feet Under’s Marco Pitruzzella to record the drums for their new album. The band posted the following regarding that:

Rings Of Saturn Finish Writing New Album

Rings Of Saturn have finished the writing process for their new album. The band said the following on Facebook:

“The writing for the new Rings of Saturn album 2019 has officially been finished! 🤘👽 This will be our 5th full length album, and it revisits our roots with a similar style to that of Dingir and Lugal Ki En. This will also be one of our longest records. The new instrumental is fire 🔥🔥🔥 Cant wait for everyone to hear it, thank you for the support ❤”

They also added the following in the comment section:

“(Annnnd for the inevitable hater comments.) Lucas has written the majority of all Rings of Saturn music. Lucas and Joel collaborated on this upcoming release, and Ian does his own vocals and lyrics. Lord Marco will be on guest drums.”

“Also forgot to mention, but this album will feature 9 string guitars for sections that need to be extra thicc.”

“We also have guest appearances from Charles Caswell, Yo Onityan, Dan Watson, and Lord Marco.”

[via The PRP]

Rings Of Saturn Part Ways With Miles Dimitri Baker & Aaron Stechauner

Rings Of Saturn have parted ways with guitarist, etc. Miles Dimitri Baker and drummer Aaron Stechauner. You can read statements from both of them and the band below.

Rings Of Saturn:

“We wish both Aaron and Miles the best with their departure from Rings of Saturn and all their endeavors with Interloper. Interloper will be releasing an album in the future so we urge everyone to check them out!

For Ragefest we will be bringing back our good friend, and past Rings of Saturn guitarist, Joel Omans on guitar, along with the super shredder Yo Onityan from Japan! We feel that having two amazing guitarists shred up the stage will greatly add to the live performance of the band moving forward. Mike Caputo (Desecrate the Faith) will be tearing up the kit for Ragefest so please give him a warm welcome as well!

With Joel Omans back on board, working with Lucas Mann, we feel that we can really get back to our roots with the direction of the next Rings of Saturn album revisiting what made all our past albums so experimental, heavy, and unique for our listeners.

We have also confirmed the following amazing musicians for guest slots on the next Rings of Saturn album so far with more to come. Charles Caswell (Berried Alive), Yo Onityan, Marco Pitruzzella (Lord Marco), and Dan Watson. In working with all these amazing musicians, we strongly feel that our next album will not only impress new and old fans alike, but will be our best album we put forth yet

Lastly, Lucas Mann will also be coming back on tour with the band on select tours playing either guitar or bass, so stay tuned for future announcements regarding that as they are made available. Most importantly, show some love to all the musicians showing off their incredible talents in the video below that were mentioned in this post!

Big thanks to all of our fans for their continued support of the band, and we look forward to the future”

Baker:

“I will no longer be playing with Rings of Saturn.

I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the fans, friends, and great people who have come into my life the past 3 1/2 years. It has been truly a wonderful and humbling experience. I have been so lucky to have seen so many places and learned so much, all because of the people who believed in me and supported me. For that I will always be beyond grateful.

Among a list of things I could touch on involving this situation, there is only one thing I will touch on in this post. The simple fact of the matter is that I wrote the vast majority of Ultu Ulla and that is something I cannot be silent about publicly anymore. Sadly, the amount of writing I did was not made clear or accurate by any means online, in the credits in the booklet itself, or in the form of royalties.

Seeing so many people enjoy Ultu Ulla, share it, be stoked on it, and come out to our shows all over the world to hear us play it means the world to me. Each and every one of you made the hundreds of hours of writing, recording, filming, stress, sleepless nights, and emotion put into this record more worth it than I could have ever imagined.

From the fans, my friends, my family, the people behind the scenes at Nuclear Blast, to the companies who have been with me from the beginning, you guys all rule!!! Lastly, it is now time for Interloper to finish this record and get out on the road for you all. This album is going to be killer! We have grown so much as individuals and as a band that this album is going to have been absolutely worth the wait.

It won’t be long until I see all the awesome fans and friends again out on the road. I will be continuing to put out new videos, teaching Skype lessons, and interacting with all the fans. I am also very much looking forward to touring with Interloper as well as myself touring in other bands too if anyone is interested. 😎

The wheels are in motion and when one chapter ends, another begins.
I love you all. Again, thank you for positively changing my life forever. See you all soon!”

Stechauner:

“Hello everyone! I am also announcing that I will no longer be a member of Rings of Saturn. A lot of what I would have to say is along the same lines as what Miles has said, but hey! We’re in a similar boat. I’m happy to have spent the last four and a half years of my life meeting a lot of amazing fans and making some of the best friends I could ever say I have.

There is so much I could say in regards to why I have to remove myself from this situation. What I will say, though, is that as much as I have enjoyed playing shows and ripping it on stage with the band, the amount of mental health deterioration I’ve experienced in my time with the band has simply come too far.

I don’t need to go on about the specifics of what happens behind closed doors; needless to say, the reputation of the band precedes itself. You all know how things go, and you all have your own experiences to rely on in judging how you feel about Rings of Saturn.

Moving forward, expect to continue to see me flipping sticks and fucking shit up on the kit. You’re going to be hearing a lot of new @interloperofficialgram and @brazentide, as well as a lot of music and videos from myself as an individual, and any band that I end up finding myself working with.

Thank you all for your continual support ❤ I hope nothing but success for Ian Bearer and the band’s front of house Alex Kendrick.”

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I will no longer be playing with Rings of Saturn. I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the fans, friends, and great people who have come into my life the past 3 1/2 years. It has been truly a wonderful and humbling experience. I have been so lucky to have seen so many places and learned so much, all because of the people who believed in me and supported me. For that I will always be beyond grateful. Among a list of things I could touch on involving this situation, there is only one thing I will touch on in this post. The simple fact of the matter is that I wrote the vast majority of Ultu Ulla and that is something I cannot be silent about publicly anymore. Sadly, the amount of writing I did was not made clear or accurate by any means online, in the credits in the booklet itself, or in the form of royalties. Seeing so many people enjoy Ultu Ulla, share it, be stoked on it, and come out to our shows all over the world to hear us play it means the world to me. Each and every one of you made the hundreds of hours of writing, recording, filming, stress, sleepless nights, and emotion put into this record more worth it than I could have ever imagined. From the fans, my friends, my family, the people behind the scenes at Nuclear Blast, to the companies who have been with me from the beginning, you guys all rule!!! Lastly, it is now time for Interloper to finish this record and get out on the road for you all. This album is going to be killer! We have grown so much as individuals and as a band that this album is going to have been absolutely worth the wait. It won’t be long until I see all the awesome fans and friends again out on the road. I will be continuing to put out new videos, teaching Skype lessons, and interacting with all the fans. I am also very much looking forward to touring with Interloper as well as myself touring in other bands too if anyone is interested. 😎 The wheels are in motion and when one chapter ends, another begins. I love you all. Again, thank you for positively changing my life forever. See you all soon!

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Hello everyone! I am also announcing that I will no longer be a member of Rings of Saturn. A lot of what I would have to say is along the same lines as what Miles has said, but hey! We’re in a similar boat. I’m happy to have spent the last four and a half years of my life meeting a lot of amazing fans and making some of the best friends I could ever say I have. There is so much I could say in regards to why I have to remove myself from this situation. What I will say, though, is that as much as I have enjoyed playing shows and ripping it on stage with the band, the amount of mental health deterioration I’ve experienced in my time with the band has simply come too far. I don’t need to go on about the specifics of what happens behind closed doors; needless to say, the reputation of the band precedes itself. You all know how things go, and you all have your own experiences to rely on in judging how you feel about Rings of Saturn. Moving forward, expect to continue to see me flipping sticks and fucking shit up on the kit. You’re going to be hearing a lot of new @interloperofficialgram and @brazentide, as well as a lot of music and videos from myself as an individual, and any band that I end up finding myself working with. Thank you all for your continual support ❤️ I hope nothing but success for Ian Bearer and the band’s front of house Alex Kendrick.

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Rings Of Saturn Added To Attila, Suicide Silence, Volumes, Etc. Tour

Rings Of Saturn have been added to the Rage Fest tour. As previously reported, the trek will also feature Attila, Suicide Silence, Volumes, Spite and Cross Your Fingers.

Tour Dates:

07/15 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
07/17 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
07/18 Memphis, TN – Growlers
07/19 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
07/20 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson
07/21 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07/22 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
07/24 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/25 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
07/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
07/27 Rochester, NY – Anthology
07/28 Boston, MA – The Paradise
07/31 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/01 New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
08/02 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
08/03 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08/04 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
08/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
08/07 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
08/08 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/09 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
08/10 Jacksonville, FL – Maverick’s Live
08/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
08/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
08/14 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
08/15 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
08/16 Houston, TX – White Oak
08/17 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
08/18 Austin, TX – Come And Take It (no Suicide Silence)
08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Suicide Silence)
08/21 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile
08/22 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
08/23 San Diego, CA – Observatory
08/24 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
08/25 San Francisco, CA – Regency