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!”

Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Etc.) Joins Lock Up

Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, etc.) has joined Lock Up as their new drummer. He will be replacing Nick Barker, who recently exited the band.

Shane Embury (also of Napalm Death) said the following:

“We are extremely thrilled to welcome Adam into the ranks of Lock Up ! I have known Adam for a few years now and we just recently finished a European tour together – a super nice guy and killer skin beater…

Lock up has always been a rollercoaster of a ride since it’s inception way back in 1998 but Adam joining us now in these chaotic times i believe is surely going to refuel this seasoned grind machine … Play Fast or Die!!!”

Jarvis added:

“I’m honored to be included in this killer line-up of incredibly talented musicians. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing these amazing dudes for over ten years and can’t wait to collaborate on some vicious new tunes! I have the utmost respect for Nick Barker and it won’t be easy to fill his shoes, but I’m up for the challenge. GRIND!!!”

Code Orange’s Mystery Drummer Appears To Have Been Identified

With Code Orange’s Jami Morgan having stepped away from the drums to focus on vocals, the band have recruited a fill-in drummer to perform with them. The group were planning to keep his identity a secret, but he has since been identified as Ethan Young (Thirty Nights Of Violence). His identity was exposed by his arm tattoos.

[via The PRP]

Code Orange On The Identity Of Their Current Drummer: “For Now He’s An Empty Vessel”

With Code Orange’s Jami Morgan having stepped away from the drums to focus on vocals, the band have recruited another drummer to perform with them. However, the group have continued to keep his identity a secret.

Morgan told the Post Gazette the following about moving up to the front of the stage:

“When we started writing the songs, we kind of discussed it and Shade kept encouraging it, because the songs were complicated in a way, and we were saying this is going to limit what we can do on stage. It was a mixture of that and, at the time, we were playing support shows with bigger bands and learning the difficulties in connecting in the way we’re set up.

It seemed like things were coming together in this perfect storm. That, and I thought of how we would introduce it in the videos and how we could add another layer to the album with it. We try to make the whole thing an event as much as possible.”

He also added the following about looking for someone else to play drums:

“Um, it was bizarre for sure, and there were times when we were like, ‘We’re not going to be able to find anybody.’ This shit is tremendously hard to play on drums. We learned that the hard way by trying out a lot of people, honestly. We ended up finding somebody that we thought just fit, in all ways.

Overall, it ended up being a fit just in vibe and personality and hunger. But the way we’re approaching it is, the band has always been us, just the five of us, and you don’t want to just get married to somebody, immediately, so we’ll see how it shakes out.”

He continued when asked about the drummer’s identity:

“Uh, we’re not gonna say. It’s not even about who it is. The mask and the concept fits with the character in the record and with the cover art, and I like that. On top of that, we’ll see. He’s a great guy and I think he’ll continue to earn his spot, but for now he’s an empty vessel. He’s our drumming muse for now. We don’t want to be married to anyone yet. You don’t know how people are going to be ’til they are.”

[via The PRP]

Fleshgod Apocalypse Recruit New Live Drummer Eugene Ryabchenko

Fleshgod Apocalypse have recruited Eugene Ryabchenko (Locracy, etc.) as their new live drummer. He will be taking over for David Folchitto.

Frontman Francesco Paoli said the following:

“After two years of collaboration, our live drummer and long-time friend David Folchitto called me expressing his desire to take a break from touring, to be more focused on different musical and personal projects that require more time home and a less hectic schedule.

It was a rough moment for all of us, especially on a personal side, considering all the crazy experiences we’ve shared together, but we totally get his point and we want to support him in this new chapter of his life. Obviously, as soon as his departure was discussed, we started our search for a new live drummer who could fit the role.

Well, this guy’s name is Eugene Ryabchenko. He is a long-time Fleshgod fan and also an extremely talented musician, incredibly well trained, with a solid career as a professional drummer but, most important, he is super nice and humble, which are both essential requirements to be part of this band.

From now on, he’ll be the man behind the kit for all our next shows, so please welcome him and don’t hesitate to show all your love and support!
We just finished delivering our first bunch of shows together and I feel like we truly found the final piece of the puzzle. What we have now, thanks also to Veronica and Fabio, is the best line-up we could ask for, surely the best you’ve ever seen.

So, next time we’ll be in town, make no mistake and come experience the new Fleshgod Apocalypse.”

Ryabchenko added:

“It is a huge honor and pleasure to announce that from now on I will be playing drums for Fleshgod Apocalypse.

No need to say that it is an extremely challenging task because the guys set a very high bar in terms of live performance and musical creativity. But I believe this is the right place for me to grow as a musician and a person as well.

I am looking forward to the upcoming shows in the near future and see you all on the road. Let’s make history and have a blast 🤘🏻”

David Folchitto also commented:

“I learned a very important thing doing my job, sometimes you have to make a choice because, sooner or later, you’ll have to face 2 different ways, the first one leaded by your head, the second by your heart.

It was hard, so hard, but I’m a sentimental guy and i choose the second one, i choose to follow all my musical projects! I spent 2 unbelievable years, if i come back i will do the same 1000 times! It was a great challenge to push my limits and I reached new achievements and a better level in my drumming carrer. But sometimes pushing your limits doesn’t mean the end of your journey.

This is what i understood and this is the reason why i did my choice. I want to thank Fleshgod for these 2 crazy years made my tours, flights, everything!

I want to thank all the people i’ve worked with, on and off stage. and, last but not least, i want to thank all the Fleshgod fans for their love and support in these 2 years. I gave all i had in every single show, i did it for you my friends!

Love you, see you soon


Thy Art Is Murder Officially Welcome Drummer Jesse Beahler To The Band

Thy Art Is Murder have officially welcomed drummer Jesse Beahler (ex-Jungle Rot, etc.) to the band. He will be replacing Lee Stanton, who exited the group last year.

Beahler commented:

“I’ve been long time friends with Thy Art Is Murder, from touring beside them on their first American tour in 2013, to becoming a contributing member of the band during ‘The Depression Sessions’, and eventually evolving into a full fledged member during the writing and recording process of our latest album, ‘Human Target’. I’m very grateful to be working alongside great friends and musicians, and feel like THY ART is a band I was always meant to be a part of.

I am incredibly proud of the performances we tracked on our newest album ‘Human Target’, and it sounds so good in part because of the great gear we selected. Thanks to Zildjian, Tama, Remo, Vic Firth, Czarcie Kopyto, and Foot Blaster Triggers for creating exceptional tools that help me deliver the best possible performance every time I sit behind the kit.”