Flotsam And Jetsam Officially Welcome Drummer Ken Mary To The Band

Flotsam And Jetsam have officially welcomed Ken Mary (ex-Alice Cooper/Accept, etc.) to the band as their permanent drummer. Mary started touring with the band last year and will now join them on all future dates. He will also play on their upcoming album as well.

Mary commented:

“It’s always awesome to play with the mighty Flotsam And Jetsam. The music is super-challenging and at the same time a great deal of fun to play. With such great musicians in the band that are also great guys, it’s going to be a blast!”

The band added:

“We’re excited to announce that Ken will be our new drummer. Ken has already tracked all the drums for our upcoming album slated for release later this year, and we’re all looking forward to the fans experiencing a new chapter in the history of Flotsam And Jetsam.”

Flotsam And Jetsam will play “Doomsday For The Deceiver” in its entirety during some select dates on their European tour. The group added the following about that:

“We’re looking forward to a couple of special performances of the ‘Doomsday’ album played in its entirety, with Keep It True being the first time ever the band has taken on that task,” the band says. “With Metal Blade releasing ‘Doomsday’ on vinyl, the timing couldn’t be better for this special set. It’s something we’re all looking forward to playing for our friends in Europe.”

The band also have a North American tour booked with HammerFall. They said the following about that:

“This is going to be a banging tour, and we couldn’t ask for a more accommodating and cool group of talented musicians to hit the road with and bring our respective styles of metal to the masses. We have 10 headlining shows; before, during and after the HammerFall dates, so hopefully we’re coming close enough to your city to warrant a heavy metal road trip. Looking forward to seeing our U.S. and Canadian friends and fans on the road!”

Tour Dates:

04/27 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany – Keep It True XXI
04/29 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Stars On Thrash Vol 2
04/30 – Bari, Italy – Demonde
05/01 – Pisa, Italy – Borderline Dadga
05/02 – Pavia, Italy – Dadga
05/03 – Rome, Italy – Traffic
05/04 – Ulft, Netherlands – DRU Fabriek
05/05 – Izegim, Belgium – Headbanger’s Balls Fest
05/14 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/16 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
05/17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater *
05/18 – Winter Park, FL – The Haven *
05/19 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
05/20 – Raleigh, NC – Motorco *
05/22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
05/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero *
05/24 – New York, NY – Gramercy *
05/25 – Worcester, MA – Palladium *
05/26 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
05/27 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial *
05/28 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques *
05/29 – Toronto, ON – Opera House *
05/30 – Amprior, ON – John St. Pub
05/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *
06/01 – Cleveland, OH – Agora *
06/02 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards *
06/03 – Detroit, MI – Harpos *
06/04 – Joliet, IL – The Forge *
06/05 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze *
06/07 – Calgary, AB – Dickens *
06/08 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
06/09 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
06/10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
06/11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
06/12 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
06/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go *
06/15 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove *
06/16 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee *
06/18 – Dallas, TX – Trees *
06/19 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *
06/20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar *
06/21 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
06/22 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
06/23 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
06/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
06/25 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
06/26 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/22 – North Wales, UK – Hammerfest XI

* with HammerFall

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The Black Dahlia Murder Drummer Alan Cassidy Joins Slugdge

Slugdge have announced the addition of drummer Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder) and bassist Moat Lowe (Novena) to their lineup. Cassidy commented:

“As soon as I heard Gastronomicon’s first riff I knew it was great. The dark melodic opening hooked me immediately. I knew they were a two-piece. I’ve been telling Kev for years that I’d love to put some real drums to it!”

You can read more about the additions at loudersound.com and pick up Slugdge‘s new album “Esoteric Malcology” now.

Royal Thunder Reveal New Drummer

Royal Thunder have announced that Kent Aberle will be joining the band as their new drummer. He is taking over for Evan Diprima, who recently exited the group. The following Instagram post was shared regarding that:

Light The Torch (Ex-Killswitch Engage, Etc.) Introduce New Drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciulara In New “Revival” Trailer

Light The Torch (formerly Devil You Know) have posted a new trailer for their new album “Revival” (out March 30). This one focuses on the band’s new drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciulara.

Beast In Black Welcome Drummer Atte Palokangas To The Band

Beast In Black, the band featuring ex-Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen, have welcomed Atte Palokangas to the group as their permanent drummer. He is taking over for Sami Hänninen, who recently exited the band.

Hänninen commented:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I regret to inform you that I will no longer be able to fulfill my duty as the drummer of Beast In Black.

Due to new circumstances in my life, I’m not able to take part in the upcoming shows nor tours and I feel the band, especially in its early stages, requires a drummer who will be able to give his absolute hundred percent for the band.

In addition to that, as some of you may know, I’ve had some issues with my left hand, making drumming sometimes extremely difficult and painful. It has something to do with the nerve system, resulting in my left hand going all numb and powerless – much like the tennis elbow. This would constantly make it hard for me to rehearse and eventually slow the band down.

Let me continue by saying there was and will not be any bad blood between me and the rest of the band. I love all the guys in the band and wish them all the best with their future endeavors.

Without further ado, please give a warm welcome for Mr. Atte Palokangas, the new drummer of BIB. He is an absolute BEAST of a drummer and a perfect fit for the band.”

Palokangas added:

“I’m honored, excited and thankful for this opportunity! I can’t wait for the future adventures with the guys!”

Kamelot Part Ways With Drummer Casey Grillo

Kamelot have announced the departure of drummer Casey Grillo from their lineup. Taking his place will be Johan “Jo” Nunez.

The band posted the following:

Dear Kamelotians,

The forthcoming release of The Shadow Theory will mark another chapter in the band’s illustrious career. Coming off of the success of Haven, the band has stepped up their game even more on this new album and the massive tour planned for 2018/2019.
Casey is off to new endeavors! Prior to the recent final recordings, long-time drummer Casey Grillo informed the band that he had made the difficult decision to pursue other music and touring opportunities, in addition to the desire to focus more time on his drumhead company.

“Casey has been my friend and colleague for nearly 20 years. We have seen and done a lot together both in and outside of Kamelot. As his friends, the band and I respect his decision. I’m sure that we will all still be hanging out together when we have down time.” adds Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood (Official).

In a letter regarding his departure, Casey states: “First and foremost I would like to thank all of the Kamelot fans around the world for your support during my time with the band. It has afforded me the opportunity to travel the globe, meet the most amazing people, experience so many cultures, and to share some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Between the various other musical endeavors I am involved with, along with my rapidly growing business DrumStatic.com, it really just became evident it was time for me to explore and focus on these new opportunities without compromising the exclusivity Kamelot needs and deserves.”

The technical musical arrangements and intense touring demands drove the band to enlist a proficient and energetic musician which would fit perfectly within the Kamelot machine. The new Kamelot drummer is someone you may already know, so please welcome with open arms Johan “Jo” Nunez. This 29 year old drum master and instructor has been touring and playing on albums with Marty Freedman, Gus G, Firewind, Nightrage and more. “We knew Johan already from touring and he worked with us on the entire recent European tour. He’s a sensational drummer, and was an easy choice in my mind. Be sure to make him feel welcome, and bug him for a photo, he’s a super nice dude!” adds Kamelot bassist Sean Tibbetts.

Johan Nunez states: “I am thrilled to join the Kamelot family! I’ve known the band for well over 15 years and always looked up to Casey as a drummer, so it was a big honor for me when I was asked to step in. I have toured in the past with Kamelot and I could see how dedicated and loving their fans are! Everybody in the band and crew has been wonderful and already made me feel at home, so I’m really excited to meet you all soon on the road!”

Casey concurs with the selection and adds: “I sincerely ask for you all to give a warm welcome to Johan Nunez, and to embrace him as the new drummer. He is a great guy and will proudly represent and continue the Kamelot legacy!“

The band wishes Casey all the best in his future musical and business journeys. As part of the Kam family, he will continue to work behind the scenes with band.

The band is also confident that with the release of The Shadow Theory, fans will immediately recognize that Johan’s fantastic musicianship is a perfect choice for Kamelot. They can’t wait for you to meet him on tour!

Learn more about Johan Nunez here: http://www.kamelot.com/site/johan-nunez
Or on his facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/johannunezofficial

European and Japan Tour dates coming this week and some big endorsement announcements!

A Pale Horse Named Death Annouce New Guitarist & Drummer

A Pale Horse Named Death have announced the addition of guitarist Joe Taylor (Lita Ford, Doro Pesch) and drummer Tommy Spano (Corey Glover, Sekond Skyn) to their lineup. Taylor is replacing Matt Brown, while Spano is replacing Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig).The band have been in New Jersey working on a new album, and are finalizing a deal with SPV/Long Branch Records to release it.