Jake Raymond (Ex-Vital Remains) Passes Away

Ex-Vital Remains vocalist Jake Raymond has sadly passed away. This news comes after former vocalists Scott Wily and Chris Ross both passed away last year. R.I.P.

Guitarist Tony Lazaro commented:

“I found out late yesterday some very sad news that a old friend and Vital Remains singer passed away. His name was Jake Raymond, and he was a good friend! Some of you might remember Jake was VR’s vocalist back in 2001 before we recorded Dechristianize album. He really love the band and always held us in high regard.

Even though i hadn’t spoken or seen Jake in a few years i always hope things were going good for him. I remember the last time i saw him he came out to one of our local shows in Providence and we had fun catching up and talking about the good old days! We laughed alot that night and i remember he started helping me sell merch and asked if i needed any help?

You were always trying to help bro and i wish i could have helped you bro. Thank you for that and everything else you did for me!! I will always remember the good times we had brother! This is really so sad. I’m sick of losing so many friends this year. This makes three Vital Remains singers that passed in the last year.

Three brothers i will not forget! Thank you Jake for your friendship and all your help when i needed it! Thank you for all your work with the band!! I wish i could have been there for you more brother,but we kind of took different paths. I hope you are at peace now. Rest easy brother and until we meet again. My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jake“

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Vital Remains Seeking New Drummer

It looks like Vital Remains are currently seeking a new drummer. The band commented:

“VITAL REMAINS- Looking for a new drummer! Must be able to learn,play, and record new album as well as tour full time! Also, be able to learn and play old songs correctly live.Must be hard working and a team player! Must have own gear and valid US passport. Anyone interested please get in touch asap through our FB page or videos can be sent to our email. vitalremains2000@aol.com Thanks! Please no mercenaries, opportunists, networkers, drunks, drug addicts need apply!

Vital Remains Announce Fall 2015 Tour With Necronomicon & The Kennedy Veil

Vital Remains have announced U.S. headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Necronomicon and The Kennedy Veil (select dates).

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Tour Dates:

10/15 Brooklyn, NY – Nihil Gallery
10/16 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
10/17 Fort Wayne, IN – Skeletunes Lounge
10/18 Danville, IL – Vintage Villains
10/19 Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap
10/22 Wichita, KS – Corky’s
10/23 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/26 Spokane, WA – The Pin (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/27 Seattle WA – Studio Seven (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/29 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/30 Reno, NV – PB & J’s (with The Kennedy Veil)
10/31 Long Beach, CA – Di Piazza’s (with The Kennedy Veil)
11/02 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (with The Kennedy Veil)
11/04 Lubbock, TX – Depot O Bar (with The Kennedy Veil)
11/05 Austin, TX Dirty Dog (with The Kennedy Veil)
11/06 Ft. Worth, TX – Tomcats West (with The Kennedy Veil)

James Payne Joins Vital Remains

James Payne (Hour Of Penance) has been announced as Vital Remains’ new drummer. Payne will join the band in 2015, to work on new material and play on their upcoming tours.

The following was posted on the band’s Facebook:

“I’m happy to announce our New Drummer James Payne from the band Hour Of Penance!!! He will be joining us in Jan 2015 to work on new material for our new album. We feel that James brings the speed, brutality, control, endurance and good technique playing that VR warrants. We look forward to working with him soon!

Fans can expect to see us in South America/North America Tour,starting Spring of 2015.”