Converge, Ex-Job For A Cowboy, Etc. Members Join Forces In Umbra Vitae

Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Mike “Gunface” McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed, etc.), Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex, etc.), and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, ex-Job For A Cowboy, etc.) have launched a new band called Umbra Vitae. The group’s debut album “Shadow Of Life“ will be released on May 1 and the effort’s first single “Return To Zero“ can be streamed below:

Bannon had the following to say about the band, whose name was inspired by Georg Heym‘s 1913 poem of the same name:

“After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.

In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.”

He also told Revolver the following about “Return To Zero“:

“‘Return To Zero‘ is about removing resistance in one’s life in order to be best version of ‘you’ that one can be. I feel that this is a relatable topic for many. What resistance is and how it manifests is unique to every single one of us. For me, this is a constant process and essential to being a better husband, father, friend, artist and human. Below you’ll find a section of the lyrics that state this better than I can in paragraph form. Thank you to everyone who continues to listen.”

“Bite down on the chain
Bow down to no one
Destroy the ego
Radiate love
Carve out a purpose
Where there was none
Compassionately
Wipe up the blood
Remove resistance
And exit the cage
Climb to your feet
Accept your rage
It’s time to reclaim
What’s rightfully yours
Bite down on the chain
And bow down to no one”

“Shadow Of Life” Track Listing:

01. “Decadence Dissolves”
02. “Ethereal Emptiness”
03. “Atheist Aesthetic”
04. “Mantra Of Madness”
05. “Fear Is A Fossil”
06. “Polluted Paradise”
07. “Intimate Inferno”
08. “Return To Zero”
09. “Blood Blossom”
10. “Shadow Of Life”

Skeletonwitch Part Ways With Drummer Dustin Boltjes

Skeletonwitch have parted ways with drummer Dustin Boltjes. With him gone, the band have recruited Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) for the time being. They said the following:

“At this time, we feel it’s necessary to inform everyone that Skeletonwitch has parted ways with Dustin Boltjes. Dustin gave much of his creativity, time, and energy to the band, and for that we thank him and wish him the best. Jon Rice will be handling drum duties for the time being. See you all on the road.”

Behemoth Recruit Ex-Job For A Cowboy Drummer Jon Rice For Summer Tour

Inferno will be missing Behemoth’s summer tour with Slayer and Lamb Of God, due him needing to be home for the birth of his child. During his absence, Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) will handle the drumming duties for the band.

The band commented:

“Behemoth Legions!

We must announce that our drummer, Inferno will not be taking part in the upcoming Slayer tour with Lamb of God:

“I am going to be a father for the second time in my life and it’s going to happen in July of 2017. I therefore must apologize to all our fans for not being able to participate in the 2017 Summer, North American tour. I believe that Jon Rice, an amazing drummer, a truly experienced musician, and a good friend of ours, will flawlessly take over my drum throne for this short period and will set the stage on fire!” – Inferno

As much of a disappointment it is not to have our brother with us, we completely support Inferno in this amazing chapter of his life. Rest assured, we’re still bringing one HELL of a show with us and look forward to seeing our North American, Legions in full force!”