Four Members Exit Delain, Martijn Westerholt To Continue Band As A Solo Project

Vocalist Charlotte Wessels, bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, guitarist Timo Somers, and drummer Joey de Boer have all exited Delain. The band will now continue as keyboardist Martijn Westerholt’s solo project.

Westerholt said the following:

“For the last year or so, the collaboration within the band ceased to work as well as it once had. Some of us were no longer happy with the current roles in the band. We all tried very hard to find a solution for over a year, but sadly we were unable to find one. As a result, we will all be going our own ways and pursuing our own endeavors.

I am very sad our cooperation has come to end, but at the same time I am very grateful for all the years we were able to work together. Together we toured the world, shared highs and lows, and met with many successes as well as times that pushed us to learn and grow. We all enjoyed meeting our fans and making new friends all over the globe. I would like to thank my fellow bandmates and wish Timo, Otto, Joey, and especially Charlotte the very best for the future. And I hope that will mean onwards and upwards to new musical adventures for each of them!

That being said, Delain will live on. The others have chosen to pursue different paths. I have decided to keep Delain alive by continuing on with writing and producing the music for Delain as I always have. I started Delain as a project in 2002 and for the next album I will take it back to a project form, releasing music with special guests. As it looks now many familiar faces will be returning to join me on this journey.

I can’t express my gratitude enough to all of you Delainers that have supported us over so many years. Your dedication to the music and the community you created for us has been overwhelming. Even though this situation is not ideal, change never usually is at first, I hope you will continue to join Delain on its new journey. This is not the end of Delain. It’s the end of a chapter, but also the beginning of a new one.”

Wessels also issued a statement:

“Delain has been my world for nearing 16 years, which is half of my life and my entire career. So it is with a heavy heart that I am confirming that Delain will continue as Martijn’s solo project, and my involvement with Delain ends here.

At this time, I know that you might have questions about the ‘why’ in all of this. I fully understand and respect that. Simply put, it is the sad conclusion of more than a year of trying to find solutions to built up grievances. Part of me feels like I’m letting all of you down, I’d like you to know that this decision was not taken lightly and I apologise to those of you who had high hopes of seeing all of us together live on stage again after lockdown. Until recently, I thought this might still be in the cards for us as well.

In the last 15 years we have released music that we have poured our heart and soul into. We have toured the world, rocked so many stages and met so many wonderful fans; I cherish all of that beyond measure. Every eye locked during a lyric, every front row high five, every after show hug (remember hugs?) From the sweaty hole in the wall to the Wembleys, Wackens, and Paradisos of our career. The memories we — band, crew, fans — have made together, will last forever. And in the end, they are more important to me than the differences that we couldn’t overcome, so that’s where I’d like the focus of the narrative to be.

So where do we go from here? Otto, Timo and Joey are also leaving Delain, but will carry on making music with their own projects. Make sure you’re following what they’re up to. I can’t wait to see and hear how they will take the world by storm. Martijn will continue with Delain, and although it may be painful at first to see a Delain that I’m not a part of, I do wish him the very best in this new chapter. Like any relationship, our creative partnership has required work at times, but it has also been incredibly fruitful and I am grateful for all the things that we made together. Finally, I hope that Delain remains a positive force in everyone’s lives. We Are The Others, always will be, and none of this changes that.

As for myself, I’ll keep writing and performing music. It is the thing that gives me joy and purpose.

I’m beyond grateful for my amazing community on Patreon, something that was supposed to be a side project from Delain, but will now be the primary place that I release music and create art and community. This platform allows me to keep creating independently and I am thankful for all patrons that make this possible. I am dedicated to bring you my absolute best, and look forward to making magic with all of you.

I welcome the future with open arms, and I hope to see you on my journey.”

Morgoth Officially Call It Quits

Morgoth have officially called it quits. This news comes after the band previously announced an indefinite hiatus in 2018.

The group commented:

“MORGOTH – The end complete!

It’s already been 2,5 years since our last updates and the announcement of an indefinite hiatus in regards to any band activities. Time surely flies!

In the meantime and after much deliberation, we can now announce that we have indeed reached the end of the road for MORGOTH.

It’s been an interesting and challenging ride since the band’s initial reunion and we will forever cherish all of the incredible experiences and great memories from these years. We thank ALL OF YOU for that!

Please keep enjoying and supporting the music that will forever remain out there for all of us. Best of wishes for a hopefully good/better new year 2021…Stay safe and stay heavy!!!

MORGOTH
(1987 – 2020)”

Abnormality Call It Quits

Abnormality have officially called it quits. The band said they have been “growing apart, and the pandemic and travel bans were the final nail in the coffin.”

Here’s the group’s full statement:

“It is with a heavy heart today we inform you that we are closing this chapter of our lives and Abnormality is no more. This was a difficult but mutual decision by all the members and there are no hard feelings. It has been going on for a while that we felt we were growing apart, and the pandemic and travel bans were the final nail in the coffin.

We are grateful for these past 15 years of making heavy music for you all and playing stages across the country and across the globe. We will never forget the awesome memories and the friendships forged.

A huge thank you to Metal Blade Records, and to all of our fans for the love and support over all these years. Most of us will continue making music in other projects, so rest assured you will see us individually in one form or another.”

Red Death Call It Quits

Red Death have officially called it quits. The band confirmed the news on Facebook.

The group said the following:

“After nearly 7 years we’ve decided to call it quits.

It’s been an amazing run. We’ve gotten to meet countless new people and travel around the world. There are too many people we have to thank for everything we’ve been able to do, and none of this would have be possible without them. We’d especially like to thank all of our friends, family members, and fans of the band for their endless support over the years.

Our sincerest gratitude to anyone who has ever picked up a record, listened to a song, came to our shows, or even just told their friends about us.

We also want to publicly thank Riley Gale and Power Trip as well as Wade Allison and Iron Age. We wouldn’t be anything without them and they’ll always be in our hearts.

To all the bands we’ve shared the stage with, all the labels and friends who have released our music, all the people who’ve played in the band, and all the people who listened…
Thank You 🤘🏽

– Red Death (2013-2020)”

Obey The Brave Call It Quits

Obey The Brave have called it quits. The band made the decision so they can be free to focus on other endeavors.

The group issued the following statement:

“After 8 years, 4 albums and countless tours across 5 continents, we’ve decided to hang up our skates. As much as we love this band, our focus and priorities have shifted. Now that we’re all busy chasing new endeavours and experiences, it feels like the right time to move on.

For obvious reasons, there will be no final shows, just fond memories that we’ll cherish for a lifetime. We’ve had the honour of releasing music on Epitaph, shared the stage with our favourite bands and met some incredible people along the way. What a f*cking ride! We’re forever grateful for the support you’ve given us over the years.

Much love,

– Alex, Stevie, Terry, John, Cory, Ben, Miguel and Old Greg“

SHVPES Call It Quits

SHVPES have officially called it quits. The band made the decision after “beginning to move in separate directions, musically and otherwise.”

The group issued the following statement:

“Good things all come to an end.

After much introspection, we have decided to call it a day with SHVPES.

As this band has evolved, we have grown a lot as musicians and as people. And as a result we have found ourselves beginning to move in separate directions, musically and otherwise. To continue on as SHVPES would only place further strain on our mental health and personal relationships, as well as be dishonest and a disservice to all of you.

We leave on good terms, proud and grateful for everything we’ve achieved.

To the fans and everyone who has supported, invested and believed in us, we wholeheartedly thank you. You have allowed us to accomplish things we only ever dreamed of and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. For now though, it’s time for a new chapter.

Peace & Love

SHVPES
Grant, Griff, Harry, Ryan, & Youssef.
2015 – Infinity”

ABSU Call It Quits

ABSU have officially called it quits. According to Russley “Proscriptor McGovern” Givens, the decision to disband was based on “insoluble circumstances.”

Givens said the following:

“After meager deliberation and zero remorse, I have decided to dissolve Absu after three decades of existence. Collectively and universally speaking, this decision is finite due to insoluble circumstances, which has led to this ultimate result. No amount of time, exertion, formula or fashion can alter my verdict.

Refusing to further comment on the subject, I leave thee with the following enchantment:

{Vii} For there are bitter waters of Chaos held immobile under (the) ground – And the Sovereigns, who personify them, reign over Opacities and Beyond.

[II] Beseech these All-Begetters in darkness, outside the circles of time. In Chaos’ sleight of hand, the Deep will respond.”

{Vi} Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle”

Prophets Of Rage Disband Following Rage Against The Machine Reunion

Prophets Of Rage, the band featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, appear to have called it quits. This news isn’t too surprising considering Rage Against The Machine will be reuniting next year.

B-Real issued the following statement:

“I want to say thank you to the fans that supported @prophetsofrage for the time we’ve been rocking together. It’s been an honor to rock stages and people of all ages with these guys. It’s been a great time and great memories in a short time. Rockin along side of Chuck and Tom has been amazing to say the least. It was fun while it lasted and I hope we left a big impression and that the music has been a source of inspiration for those that needed it. That was the purpose we got together. So I say to y’all stay informed, stay engaged and fight the good fight. ✌🏽️🤟🏼”

Chuck D also commented:

“It was about doing something greater than self. 2020 keeping ZDLR spot warm for @RATM & powering a 👊🏿statement for 1000 days was a honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on…. Let’s go @cypresshill @PublicEnemyFTP @prophetsofrage”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) To Continue As The Apocalypse Blues Revival

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, previously announced that they were calling it quits due to scheduling conflicts, but now it seems that isn’t the case. During an interview with The Sound Lab, Larkin revealed that the group have recruited a new singer and that they will be continuing on as The Apocalypse Blues Revival. A new song is expected to be released within the next week.

Larkin said the following:

“We lost our singer [Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone] recently, so we got a new singer. Our old singer was an old guy; our new singer is a younger guy, around our age… Our [old] singer turned 70… We get in a van. We don’t have these fancy tour buses. And we play clubs — blues clubs — in America, smoke-filled blues bars, with no roadies — one roadie. And our singer, a 70-year-old guy, couldn’t do it. So we got a new singer. And now the REVUE wouldn’t be the REVUE without our old singer, so we changed the name to REVIVAL. So it’s THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVIVAL — coming soon.”

The band also issued a statement on Facebook:

“It’s coming soon people. The Apocalypse Blues Revival has begun. Stay tuned for announcement of new singer as well as a new song (which will be free;) and new photo☀️ We should be ready to put it up by next weekend😎”

[via Blabbermouth]

Backtrack To Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Shows

Backtrack have announced that they will be calling it quits after one final world tour. The group commented:

“We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past 11 years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”

Tour Dates:

06/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/16 Richmond, VA – Warehouse (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/17 Atlanta, GA – The Bakery (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/18 Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/19 Louisville, KY – Spanelli’s (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/20 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/21 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/22 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary (with Dead Heat & Rule Them All)
06/24 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck (with Rule Them All)
06/25 Montreal, QC – Bar Let Ritz (with Rule Them All)
06/28 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
08/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Lodge Room (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/10 Berkeley, CA – Gilman Street (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/11 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe (with King Nine, Minus, & Somerset Thrower)
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8 (with Somerset Thrower)
09/14 Bangkok, THA – Brownstone Studio
09/15 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Angkasa
09/16 Singapore, MAY – Decline
09/18 Jakarta, IND – Rossi Music
09/21 Kawasaki, KAP – Club Citta (‘Bloodaxe Festival‘)
09/25 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar
09/27 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
09/28 Melbourne, AUS – Stay Gold
09/29 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar
09/30 Newcastle, AUS – Hamilton Station
10/02 Brisbane, AUS – Crowbar

A European farewell tour is also being planned for November.