Crown The Empire Officially Welcome Drummer Jeeves Avalos To The Band

Crown The Empire have officially welcomed Jeeves Avalos to the band as their new drummer. The group commented:

“We are excited to welcome Jeeves as the official new drummer of Crown The Empire 🥁 Watch him play our song “In Another Life” featuring Courtney LaPlante 🔥”

Hypocrisy Recruit The Crown Drummer Henrik Axelsson As A Session Member

Hypocrisy have recruited The Crown’s Henrik Axelsson as a session drummer. He will be filling the void left by Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen, who recently exited the band. The group issued the following statement:

“Please welcome Henrik Axelsson! This talented Swedish musician played in Implode and Soils Of Fate. Since 2014, he is the drummer for The Crown. Now Henrik is going to join Hypocrisy as a session member. Looking forward to performing together 🤘”

Vader Officially Welcome Drummer Michal Andrzejczyk To The Band

Vader have officially welcomed Michal Andrzejczyk to the band as their new drummer. He will be replacing James Stewart in the group.

The band commented:

“VADERMANIAX !!! As many of You already noticed, there is a NEW DRUMMER in Vader since the beginning of 2022. Michal Andrzejczyk joined Vader on tour in Poland in February (“Awakening of Tyrants Tour 2022“) and You could watch His debut in Wroclaw at the club “A2”. Michal (vel. Michael) started to work with James Stewart with Vader songs already in 2021 then we rehearsed few times together with whole band in our brand new “practice room” later on. James decided to leave Vader during our tour in US in 2020, however He was playing and working with us as long as necessary until the new drummer was ready to replace. Peter did not want to make it official until You could experience in own eyes and ears His high level and Spirit of this very young but already very powerful drummer. And this is just the beginning….. \m/

James Stewart took a decision and we respect it. He spent over ten years (!!!) with Vader recording many great albums and playing hundreds of crazy shows world wide. That was the most stable line up in band’s history. James will definitely explain all in His own words soon. We wish Him best luck in His bands and projects and THX for all those crazy years spent together as real band \m/”

Former Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Joins Testament

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) has officially joined Testament as their new drummer. He will be replacing Gene Hoglan, who exited the band earlier this year.

Lombardo said the following:

“This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”

Frontman Chuck Billy added:

“I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

Guitarist Eric Peterson also commented:

“Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!”

Meshiaak Recruit Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Logan Mader & Ex-Slayer Drummer Jon Dette

Meshiaak have announced the addition of guitarist Logan Mader (Once Human, ex-Machine Head) and drummer Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, ex-Testament) to their lineup. The group are currently working on a new album.

Vocalist Danny Camilleri commented:

“I haven’t been this excited to create music in years! The next Meshiaak album is going to be a monster! A big, fat, angry monster.”

Mader added:

“I am beyond stoked to be a part of this album with Meshiaak. I’ll be producing and playing guitar on it. I have a good feeling about how heavy and epic it will be.”

This news comes after Meshiaak parted ways with guitarist Dean Wells, drummer David Godfrey, and bassist Andrew Cameron last year.

Drummer Mike Caputo Exits Rings Of Saturn, Joins Brand Of Sacrifice

Mike Caputo has announced his departure from Rings Of Saturn. The drummer is leaving the band to join Brand Of Sacrifice.

Rings Of Saturn commented:

“Congratulations to @mikecaputodrums in joining our friends in @brandofsacrificemetal as a full-time member 🎉 Mike is an absolutely amazing drummer, huge thanks goes out to him for everything ❤

This means that Rings of Saturn is looking for a new drummer to play our European festivals currently booked in August 2022. We will be playing these with our original vocalist, and voice of Embryonic Anomaly, Peter Pawlak. We also have US tour plans beforehand in the summer.

We are preferably looking for a US based drummer, over 21, with touring experience, who can play the full Embryonic Anomaly album, and has all the requirements to travel abroad for the Euro fests.”

Caputo added:

“Hey everyone! I’d like to announce that after playing with Rings of Saturn since 2018 I’ve decided it’s time to step down from the band and shift my focus a bit. An opportunity came up for me that I would like to take but might consistently conflict with Rings‘ schedule. I have decided to take this opportunity that was presented to me. But as to not hinder Rings, who deserves someone who can focus on them full-time, I feel it’s best for me to step away.

I want to thank Lucas for bringing me on and trusting me to do justice to those insane drum parts live on the road, as well as the great opportunities this band has given me. Everyone I have played with during my time in Rings have been and still are good friends to me and I wish them the best. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new instrumental material Lucas and Joel will be putting out soon!

As for where I’m going…some of you may know I’ve been doing some tours with Brand of Sacrifice recently, and they have graciously asked me to join them full-time. I’m super excited for everything that we have planned in the near future!

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to play on any Rings releases, I also want to thank all the Rings’ fans for being so accepting and supportive of me over the years with the band, and I hope to see you guys and gals at future shows!

Wishing Rings much luck on their new endeavors and looking forward to potentially sharing the bill with them on some shows in the future!

– Mike Caputo“

Whitechapel Recruit Fill-In Drummer Ernie Iniguez

Whitechapel have once again recruited Ernie Iniguez as a fill-in drummer. He is taking over for Alex Rudinger, who recently exited the group. You can see footage of Iniguez performing with the band during their December 17 show at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN below:

[via The PRP]

Fit For A King Recruit Drummer Trey Celaya

Fit For A King have officially welcomed Trey Celaya (Invent Animate) to the band as their new drummer. He is taking over for Jared Easterling, who recently exited the group.

Fit For A King commented:

“We are excited to announce that @inventtrey will be joining the band full time playing drums. We have been great friends and have been touring together for a long time already, so this was an easy decision for us to make. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him behind the kit with us moving forward.”

Celaya added:

“you guys have probably seen that i’ve been touring with @fitforakingtx over the past few years, and i’m excited to announce that i’m officially their new drummer. i’m still in @invent_animate , and will continue to be an integral part of the songwriting and recording process, but i will no longer be touring with them. my inner fire has always told me to create, and i am blessed to be able to spread my wings and creatively contribute to two bad*ss bands that i love and regard as family. life is really busy between writing, recording with both bands, planning a wedding and touring, but my heart is full and i’m excited about everything that is to come. let us rock onward 🤙🏽”

Code Orange Recruit Tallah Drummer Max Portnoy

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 Officially Welcome Drummer Alex Rudinger To The Band

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!”