Samael Recruit Bassist Ales Campanelli

Samael have welcomed Ales Campanelli to the band as a replacement for bassist Pierre “Zorrac” Carroz. The band issued the following statement:

“We’re proud to welcome new bass player Ales in the band! With his versatility and solid groove, Ales was the missing link to cement our sound. He’s been playing with [guitarist Thomas “Drop” Betrisey] for many years and understands perfectly well our machines vs humans music but has also known us from our early black metal days. Tune in to www.tohuwabohu.rocks on Sunday and watch the first performance of S A M A E L with the new line-up!”

Journey Reveal New Lineup

Journey have officially announced their new lineup. In addition to guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and vocalist Arnel Pineda, the band now features bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden and second keyboardist Jason Derlatka. You can see footage of the new lineup performing a socially distanced version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” as part of UNICEF USA’s “UNICEF We Won’t Stop” virtual event below. This news comes after the group previously fired bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith for allegedly launching an “ill-conceived corporate coup d’état” to take control of the band’s name. As previously reported, Valory has since countersued.

Omnium Gatherum Officially Welcome Bassist Mikko Kivistö To The Band, Part Ways With Guitarist Joonas Koto

Omnium Gatherum have announced some lineup changes. First of all, the band have officially welcomed bassist Mikko Kivistö to the group. With this news, they have also confirmed the departure of guitarist Joonas Koto.

Omnium Gatherum commented:

“As you all know times and situations change in life all the time.

On the positive side of things – We’re hard at work composing the new album stuff, and our bass player spot has finally been officially filled with our brother in arms – welcome MIKKO KIVISTÖ! This charismatic bass beast has already been playing gigs and conquered stages with us almost a year, and is previously known from the Finnish group Pain Confessor. As a human being and as a musician he fits absolutely very well to the Omnium Gatherum horde!

Here are Mikko’s thoughts on the matter:

”Im totally honored to be part of OG gang. Back in May 2019 I played my first gigs with the boys in Russia and it immediately felt I was in a right place with the right band. It felt like a dream come true! Last year was super, a lot of festivals and an European tour. It was easy to join the band with full of pure hearted guys I now can call my brothers and family.

I will promise to continue to smash the bass at least as hard as all the previous guys did. Hopefully we’ll together beat this COVID-19 soon and see you all again in festivals, tours and gigs. Thank you Omnium Gatherum for trusting my skills. See you all soon. Stay safe and let the metal flow!”

On a bit more negative side of news – Our long time guitarist Joonas Koto decided to leave the group, already a while ago. There was no bad blood or fighting behind the decision, just a surprise and a shock. Joonas was just tired of active touring and travelling. We wish all the best for Joonas in his future endeavours!

Our brothers in metal, Jani Liimatainen and Nick Cordle have been helping us filling in as a 2nd guitar player on our gigs lately. Thanks dudes, and we salute your awesomeness!

At the moment we are operating officially as a 5-men unit, and composing the next album by storm and quarantine –

BUT, if you feel you (or someone you know) would have the guts, the balls, the bad jokes and the abilities for what it takes to be an Omnium Gatherum guitarist and part of the horde – feel free to contact the band and we’ll see what future holds – Search is on!!

Email:
ogatherum@gmail.com”

Skeletal Remains Part Ways With Three Members

Skeletal Remains have parted ways with guitarist Adrian Obregon, bassist Adrian Marquez, and drummer Eddie Andrade. With this news, the band have also announced the addition of former guitarist Mike De La O and new bassist Noah Young (ex-Warbringer) to their lineup. Charlie Koryn has also been recruited to record drums on their new album “The Entombment Of Chaos.”

The group commented:

“As some of you have noticed, there has recently been a line up change; Adrian Obregon, Adrian Marquez and Eddie Andrade have parted ways with the band due to personal reasons. We would like to thank them for all and everything that they have contributed to the band throughout the years and would also like to wish them the very best with their future endeavors.

With that being said, Mike De La O will be coming back into the band full time along with Noah Young on bass, which some of you may already know from filling in on the last couple tours. For the remainder of the year we have a couple friends that will be helping us out with live shows but we are still in need of a full time drummer.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please contact us via email or through our social media pages. We are scheduled to enter the studio later this month to begin the recording our new album entitled “The Entombment Of Chaos”. The album will be tracked at Trench Studios (Corona,CA) and will be mixed and mastered by Dan Swano with Art coming again Dan Seagrave.

Our good friend Charlie Koryn will be handling drums on the new album. Right after wrapping up the recordings we will hit the road and perform at a whole bunch of festivals!

Hope to see you all on the road.

Cheers!

-SR”

Here’s the band’s current dates:

03/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Lexington Bar
05/01 Barroselas, POR – SWR Barroselas Metalfest
05/02 Saint-Omer, FRA – Dreamer Fest
05/03 Eindhoven, NET – Netherlands Deathfest
05/06 Hull, UK – The Polar Bear
05/07 Glasgow, UK – Audio
05/08 Leeds, UK – Boom
05/09 London, UK – Incineration Fest
05/21 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
06/06 Gotteingen, GER – Underground Remains
06/12 Dortmund, GER – Junkyard
06/18 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – MetalGate Czech Death Fest
06/20 Protzen, GER – Protzen Open Air
06/27 Los Angeles, CA – California Deathfest
09/07 São Paulo, BRA – Setembro Negro Festival
09/09 Montevideo, URG – Blast Sala
09/10 Buenos Aires, ARG – Museo Rock

Butcher Babies Announce New Bassist & Guitarist

Butcher Babies have officially welcomed Ricky Bonazza and Andy James to the band. Bonazza has been recruited as a replacement for bassist Jason Klein, who exited the group last year, while James has been recruited as a second guitarist. The new lineup recently made their debut at the 2020 Dimebash in Santa Ana, CA.

Black Veil Brides Announce New Bassist, Release New EP “The Night”

Black Veil Brides have welcomed Lonny Eagleton to the band as a replacement for former bassist Ashley Purdy. Eagleton, who previously performed with frontman Andy Biersack as part of his Andy Black solo project, shared the following message on Twitter:

In other news, Black Veil Brides have also released a new EP titled “The Night” via Sumerian Records. The effort is the group’s first in a series of two-song EPs, which they are calling “duologies.” The tracks featured on “The Night“ include “Saints Of The Blood” and “The Vengeance.“ You can find official videos for those below:

Biersack said the following about the new songs during an interview with Alternative Press:

“With the feeling of nostalgia on this one, going back into the time when we were doing the re-record [of ‘We Stitch These Wounds‘], the idea was to add two songs that felt very much like the band that we were in the past and maybe strayed away from [and] return to that form.”

He also added the following about the band’s decision to release a series of EPs instead of recording a full album:

“Quite honestly, when you’ve been a band as long as we have and put out five full-length records, EPs and everything else, you want to do new stuff. I think this is a model that we’re really excited about, and moving forward, it’s a sustainable model that we can do, something that allows us to write songs together and release music, do music videos and artwork, bring it to people and say, ‘This is the new thing.’ And then half a year later, there’s another new thing.”

Byron Stroud (Ex-Strapping Young Lad) Exits Imonolith, Band Confirms Release Date For Debut Album

Imonolith have parted ways with bassist Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad). Scott Whalen (ex-Econoline Crush) has been recruited as his replacement. With this news, the group have also shared a teaser for their new album “State Of Being,” which is now set to be released on March 27.

The band commented:

“Big news from Imonolith: Read all below for several announcements

We are excited to let you know that on January 10th, 2020 our new single and video will premiere, along with the launch of the Pre-Order for our debut album ‘State of Being’. The album will be released on March 27th, 2020. You can hear parts of some of the songs from the album in the Teaser Video Clip below!

Imonolith would like to welcome and introduce a new bass player to the band… Please welcome, Scott Whalen. Scott played bass with the successful North American band, Econoline Crush. He is an amazing Bass Player, vocalist and like, Byron an awesome human being. Welcome Scott!!!

Unfortunately, Byron Stroud cannot commit to Imonolith and our future album cycle plans. It was a difficult decision for Byron, but it is best for himself, his family and for the band moving forward. He will always be a brother to us and we wish him all the best.

Check out the new Video Teaser and mark your calendars for January 10th, 2020! Next year will be very busy in many ways for Imonolith… and yes, we will be touring in support of this album. Stay posted for tour date announcements.

Thanks as always for your support and patience. We can’t wait to get going in 2020 🤘”

Ex-DragonForce Bassist Frédéric Leclercq Joins Kreator

Kreator have recruited Frédéric Leclercq (ex-DragonForce) as their new bassist. He will be replacing Christian “Speesy” Giesler in the group.

Leclercq commented:

“Joining Kreator is an honour as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with Mille for over 15 years and a lifelong Kreator fan; I have to pinch myself every day to believe that I’m now a part of one of the best and most influential bands in the genre. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting well acquainted with the legendary Kreator Hordes!”

Mille Petrozza added:

“Firstly, we would like to say thank you to Speesy for his time in Kreator over the last 25 years – we have accomplished so much, and I sincerely wish him the best in his future! A new chapter for Kreator beckons; Bienvenue Frederic Leclercq! Fred represents a new focus and hunger within Kreator and we’re extremely excited to have him a part of the Kreator family – not only is he an exceptional musician but a great human being which made the decision to have him join the band very easy! We begin in Chile and continue on to some explosive years ahead!”

Obey The Brave Recruit Despised Icon’s Ben Landreville As Their New Bassist

Obey The Brave have officially welcomed Despised Icon guitarist Ben Landreville to the band as their new bassist. The group commented:

“It’s with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Ben Landreville as Obey The Brave‘s new bass player! On top of playing in Despised Icon with Alex for a decade, Ben has been killing it on tour with us all year. We’re so stoked to have him on board and are excited for the next chapter!”

Ministry Recruit Former Tool Bassist Paul D’Amour

Ministry have announced the addition of former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour to their lineup. He will be taking over for Tony Campos, who is leaving the group to focus on Static-X.

Frontman Al Jourgensen told Revolver the following about meeting D’Amour in 1992:

“I used to live with Timothy Leary, and he had given me these bottles of liquid LSD to bring on tour. I’d put two drops in my bottle of whiskey that I’d bring onstage. I’d drink about half the bottle during a show. So we were on Lollapalooza in ’92, I think it was San Francisco, and when we came offstage there were these two guys who were like, ‘Great show, dude!’

So I gave them my bottle of Bushmills, but I forgot that I had put LSD in it. So they drank it and they were tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was going on and they were freaking out. They were ready to call suicidal hotlines. It turned out to be Paul and Maynard from Tool! … But he actually thanked me for that moment because he said it really got Tool going into being a psychedelic band. Pretty cosmic, right?”

D’Amour is already in the studio working on new Ministry material and he will be taking the stage with the band during their upcoming European/UK tour.