Memoriam Recording New Album, Announce New Drummer

Memoriam have entered Parlour Studios to record their new album with producer Russ Russell. The effort, which is titled “To The End,“ will be the band’s first to feature new drummer Spike T Smith. The group commented:

“Andy [Whale] has had to step down from the drum stool permanently due to a long term shoulder injury that is just not getting better whilst playing drums. He did not take the decision lightly and tried to carry on but it affected him so badly playing that he had no choice but to retire from playing for the foreseeable future. Bringing Spike into the fold reunites the rhythm section of Sacrilege. Frank and Spike have worked on and off together since the mid eighties so he fits in very well with Memoriam. The album will showcase his immense drumming skills and he brings in a whole new dynamic to the bands sound. We cannot wait for you to hear him on the finished album.”

Job For A Cowboy Confirm Drummer For New Album

Job For A Cowboy have recruited Navene Koperweis (Entheos, ex-Animals As Leaders) to play drums on their new album. His parts were tracked back in August. The band are planning to return to the studio in October/November to continue recording the effort with producer Jason Suecof. Frontman Jonny Davy told MetalSucks the following about the record:

“We’re kind of looking at this as a sequel to ‘Sun Eater‘. The lyrical themes tie into the last record. I would say this record is very similar to ‘Sun Eater‘ but we’re still trying to move the needle a bit, trying new things, kind of like we always have. I think that’s always been our motto, not to be stagnant and to just have fun with it, to try new things. I think everyone’s musical tastes changed a little bit over the years and our music kind of changes with it.”

Rings Of Saturn Officially Welcome Drummer Mike Caputo To The Band

Rings Of Saturn have officially welcomed drummer Mike Caputo to the band. Caputo said the following:

“I’m very excited to announce that after a little over 2 years of being a live member, I’m officially a full member of Rings Of Saturn! To commemorate this, I made a little playthrough of ‘Inadequate‘ for you all! Drums were tracked and mixed with Brad Lambert of Psychonaut Studios in Houston, TX”

Kataklysm Announce New Drummer

Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin. Taking his place will be James Payne (ex-Hour Of Penance/Vital Remains, etc.), who recently shared footage of himself performing “The Killshot”:

The band commented:

“Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin, we would like to thank him for his work on the past four albums and his professionalism on the live stage over the last few years , we wish him all the best with his future Endeavors.

With that being said, we are excited to welcome acclaimed Los Angeles based drumming monster James Payne ( Hour of Penance, Hiss from the Moat , Vital Remains ) to the Kataklysm family, James will be behind the throne for the upcoming “Unconquered” world campaign and beyond . Please Give him a warm welcome 🔥🤘”

Payne added :

“I am thrilled and honored to join Kataklysm and participate in a piece of their amazing legacy! I’ve been a fan of the band since I was in High school, and to think of sharing the stages around the world with them is incredible! I can’t wait to start this experience and give the fans all I have behind the drums at every show we’ll play and beyond!”

As previously reported, Kataklysm‘s new album “Unconquered” will be released on September 25.

Shadow Of Intent Announce New Drummer, Premiere “Gravesinger” Video

Shadow Of Intent have officially welcomed Bryce Butler (Abigail Williams, ex-The Faceless, etc.) to the band as their new drummer. He will be replacing Anthony Barone in the group. In other news, Shadow Of Intent have also premiered a new video for “Gravesinger” off their latest album “Melancholy.“

The band issued the following statement:

“Today we must announce that we have parted ways with our friend and drummer Anthony Barone. His contributions to the band have been amazing and we have no doubt he will have an incredible future in whatever path he follows. Anthony’s statement can be seen here:

“Unfortunately, the time has come for me to part ways with Shadow Of Intent. Recently I chose to pursue some other opportunities that began to interfere with my commitment to the band. So, I’ve decided it’s best that they continue on without me. I want to thank everyone who has supported me during my time with Shadow, and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward!”

With that being said, we are very pleased to announce our friend Bryce Butler will be taking over the drum position as of today. Bryce has been our touring drummer ever since Melancholy was released and has absolutely nailed our drum parts for every show we’ve had with him.

Some of you may have seen Bryce performing with groups such as The Faceless, Galactic Empire, or Abigail Williams. We are very excited to see what he brings to the table musically for the band and we are very excited to continue working on the next record with him.

We also are pleased to present our new music video for Gravesinger. The video was shot and edited by our good friend Dylan Gould who captured many special moments of us on our recent headline tour. Enjoy the video and relive some of those nights with us, we hope to see you all soon!”

Chad Szeliga (Ex-Breaking Benjamin, Etc.) Joins Weapons Of Anew

Chad Szeliga (ex-Breaking Benjamin/Black Label Society, etc.) has officially joined Weapons Of Anew as their new drummer. He will serve as a replacement for Chris Manfre.

The band commented:

“We’d like to officially welcome Chad Szeliga (Breaking Benjamin & Black Label Society, Black Star Riders) as the new drummer of Weapons Of Anew. Chad brings an incredible amount of experience and his musicianship is so much deeper than just his drumming, which speaks volumes in itself. Chad is true talent. We look forward to showing the world what we’ve created together.

We would like to send a special thanks to our good friend and former-drummer, Chris Manfre, for all his hard work and dedication over the past few years. We have parted ways with Chris on good terms and wish him the very best.

Stay tuned for new music coming soon!”

Moonspell Part Ways With Drummer Miguel “Mike” Gaspar

Moonspell have parted ways with drummer Miguel “Mike” Gaspar. Hugo Ribeiro will be taking his place. The band issued the following statement:

“Moonspell hereby informs that Mike Gaspar is no longer our band member. The reasons of this split, as accorded, will remain in between the parts involved. We ask that privacy is fully observed. Moonspell now enters a new cycle and are already working with a new drummer Hugo Ribeiro (not family related with the singer). Their new album, provisorily referred to as H, will be recorded with the producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Ulver, Ghost), between September and October this year. It will be released via Napalm Records on the first semester of 2021.”

Hate Announce New Drummer Daniel “Nar-Sil” Rutkowski

Hate have parted ways with drummer Paweł “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz. Daniel “Nar-Sil” Rutkowski will be taking his place. You can see footage of him in action below:

Pavulon said the following:

“The last 2 years were pretty difficult for me because of a relentless work schedule in all the bands and projects I worked with, resulting in constant exhaustion and eventually health problems, mainly with my wrists from all the abuse and imperfect technique. Late last year, I started rebuilding my playing from scratch and also paying more attention to my health and work ethics. I chose to take a break from my usual work routine and use the time to get back on track in the future with a brand new approach. With this in mind, I decided it would interfere with Hate’s activity, and the last thing I want are my personal issues to affect others’ hard work. Therefore, I decided to let go and allow my good friend Daniel to step in and carry on the legacy. He’s an amazing young drummer, and I’m sure you’ll be amazed by what he will bring to the band’s sound and performance. I would like to thank Hate for all the years we shared for better and worse. It was definitely an important part of my life, and I will always be thankful for this journey.”

Hate added:

“We would like to wish Pavulon all the best in his projects to come and thank him for his contributions to the band. With that said, we welcome the talented Daniel ‘Nar-Sil’ Rutkowski to the band. Nar-Sil has already sat behind the drums for Hate during the Europe Under Black Death Metal Tour Vol II and worked with many big names in the Polish metal scene such as Virgin Snatch, Neolith, Embrional, and Dira Mortis.”

Nar-Sil also commented:

“I’m super excited about joining Hate and the new material we are hard at work on! Things have been moving quickly, but the flow is excellent, and in time, I’m sure the fruit of our labour will be powerful and monstrous Extreme Metal. I’m looking forward to showcasing what we’ve been working on, and of course, seeing you all on the road!”

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.

Obscura Recruit Drummer David Diepold

Obscura have officially recruited David Diepold (Cognizance) as their new drummer. This news comes after the band recently reunited with bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling after parting ways with guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, and drummer Sebastian Lanser.

Diepold commented:

“Being asked to join Obscura was definitely a dream come true! You know, I’m at a point in my musical career, where I tend to say, that the countless hours in my rehearsal room are finally starting to pay off.

Especially over the last five or six years, applications from bands and musicians continuously got more professional and collaborating with those artists all helped a lot to improve my drumming skills and to grow as a musician. I will do my absolute best to recreate Hannes’ and Sebastian’s parts in the context of our live performances but most of all, I’m looking forward to write new material with such outstanding musicians!”