Code Orange have recruited Tallah‘s Max Portnoy, the son of ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, to play drums on their current tour. Max is performing as a character called “Mud Max” and some photos of him in costume can be found below. It is still unclear if he will become a permanent member of the group.
Whitechapel have officially welcomed drummer Alex Rudinger to the band as a permanent member. The group issued the following statement:
“Over the past few years our good friend Alex Rudinger has been filling in the drumming spot for live shows, and we figured what better time than now to welcome him as an official member after his stellar performance on our new album ‘Kin‘ [out October 29]. Give him a warm welcome!”
Spite have signed a new deal with Rise Records. With this news, the band have also welcomed ex-Emmure drummer Josh Miller to the band.
Allegaeon have recruited Jeff Saltzman (Unflesh, Aversed) to track drums for their new album. The band will be working on that effort with producer Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Westminster, CO.
The group commented:
“Since the cancellation of our US headlining tour in April 2020, we have been hard at work writing a new album and now, one year later, we are ready to get into the studio to record it in preparation for release. Starting April 19th, we’ll be spending the following month at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado with our long-time engineer and good friend Dave Otero.
This album is a milestone in our career as a band for a lot of different reasons, and because of that, we want to share as much of the recording experience with you as possible. We’ll be making regular updates to our usual social media accounts, as well as exclusive live-streams and in-studio interviews via our Patreon (www.patreon.com/allegaeon), so be sure to follow and subscribe wherever you are able.
We are proud to announce that we will be joined in the studio by drummer Jeff Saltzman (Unflesh, Aversed) for the entirety of the recording process. Jeff’s creative input and remarkable skill behind the kit has been an invaluable asset to the band during the writing process of this newest album, and we are overjoyed to bring him into the fold. Watch his unique take on our song ‘Extremophiles (B)’ in the playthrough video below and give him a warm welcome.
Thank you for reading & for all of your continued support as we move forward collectively through 2021 and into a new era of Allegaeon.”
Core 10 have officially welcomed Francis Cassol (Rage In My Eyes) to the band as their new drummer. The group said the following about that:
“All of us in Core10 are very proud to Introduce Francis Cassol (Rage in our eyes) as our new drummer. Although all of us have other projects. We are very much looking forward to bringing some of the heaviest stuff we’ve ever written. His versatility is gonna be amazing. Having the ability to transition from metal, to rock ,to punk. Also being able to keep up with the electronic layering, and arpeggios. We are very excited for the future. With that, we wish everybody health, and Wellness. During this time,as we are looking forward to getting back on stage. ROCK ON!!!”
Fleshgod Apocalypse have officially welcomed vocalist Veronica Bordacchini, guitarist Fabio Bartoletti, and drummer Eugene Ryabchenko to the band. With this news, the group have also released a two-track single featuring an acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“ and an instrumental version of the track.
Vocalist Francesco Paoli said the following about the new lineup:
“This is the best line-up we could ask for. Eugene is an absolute phenomenon on drums, so I’m really glad to pass the torch to a great successor. Fabio is a true guitar hero, extremely tight and tasteful. Veronica has been with us for 7 years now and even today her incredible talent never ceases to amaze me, so I know she can push her limits further in the future. Now our rehearsal room feels like home again.”
He also added the following about the acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“:
“In these uncertain times, we wanted to bare our inner souls and let the music speak for itself. This track pushes us out of our comfort zone as musicians and performer, proving that art in any form can survive the most dreadful circumstances. Given the current situation, it was the right time to do something truly experimental, a once in a lifetime musical exploration for the band. Our recent live streaming concert introduced our new band members to a worldwide crowd, but this song really shows how strongly open minded and skilled they are. Me, Francesco and Paolo have been through this journey together for over a decade, but we haven’t felt this good for a long time. That’s why we’re glad to announce them as official band members. Expect much more, sooner than you think.”
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 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 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 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.