Fleshgod Apocalypse Confirm New Lineup, Release Acoustic Version Of “The Day We’ll Be Gone”

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.”

Five Finger Death Punch Officially Announce New Guitarist

Five Finger Death Punch have officially parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. As previously rumored, Andy James will be taking his place.

Hook said the following:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night. I will miss that more than anything. As far the reason I’m leaving… well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also commented:

“Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason‘s shoes. Andy completed our European tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”

Frontman Ivan Moody added:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this COVID madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

Buckcherry Recruit Jetboy Guitarist Billy Rowe

During a recent appearance on the Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon podcast, Buckcherry guitarist Stevie D. revealed that the band have been working with Jetboy guitarist Billy Rowe. This news comes after the group recently parted ways with guitarist Kevin Roentgen.

Stevie D. said the following:

“Right now, Kevin left and then, so what we did in the interim is, we started rehearsing with Billy Rowe from Jetboy. Great guy. Great guitar player. Also great [inaudible] and guitar builder. He owns Rock & Roll Relics. I don’t know if you’re familiar with that guitar company but yeah, he’s right in line, he’s been in the scene, in the Hollywood scene for a long time. And he likes a lot, he came up on a lot of the same music as we did. He’s the same age, same type of player and you know, he’s the type of player that’s more along the lines of say Keith Richards, Izzy Stradlin, that kind of thing. Billy Rowe — he’s got his own thing, which I think is really compatible with what Buckcherry does.”

He also added:

“I think that there’s a lot of similarities in both bands [Buckcherry and Jetboy], you know what I mean? There’s a punk vibe but there’s also the rock and roll vibe, the AC/DC vibe, you know, the Rolling Stones vibe. He’s got all that underneath his hands so yeah, and he’s a great slide player. I’m looking forward to recording with him or, and/or touring and all that stuff. We’ll just see where it goes right now. We’re in the honeymoon phase [with a big smile].”

[via sleazeroxx.com]

Burning Witches Welcome Guitarist Larissa Ernst To The Band

Burning Witches have officially welcomed Larissa Ernst to the band as their new guitarist. She will be replacing Sonia “Anubis” Nusselder, who exited the band earlier this year.

Burning Witches commented:

“Burning Witches welcome new guitar player Larissa to the coven!

As many of you already have assumed, the Swiss shredder Larissa Ex – ANNA LUX, GOMORRA and PATER ILTIS is the chosen one!

The new lead player is an old friend of the coven and has already joined the witches on the “Corona acoustic jam”. They are working in the studio on a new single at this moment, release day for the brand-new track and the video will be September 17th!”

Ernst added:

“Hey Burning Witches Fans all around the world, I am unbelievably excited to join the coven on lead guitar! We all share this great passion for Heavy Metal and an almost lifelong friendship. I follow the girls since the start and I will do my very best, to live up to the expectations as a witch. Let´s continue this journey even stronger together! I’m ready to fight!!”

Guitarist Romana Kalkuhl continued:

“We are very happy to introduce our new witch Larissa! We are a full circle again and it feels really fantastic. Thanks to everyone who applied to play with us, there was so many great girls, it was overwhelming. We went for the girl that is a close friend, an amazing person and a skilled and experienced player. We hope you give her a sensational entree, we know our fans are as excited as we are! We love what we do and want to continue our path now, with regained strength and friendship!”

Skeletal Remains Part Ways With Three Members

Skeletal Remains have parted ways with guitarist Adrian Obregon, bassist Adrian Marquez, and drummer Eddie Andrade. With this news, the band have also announced the addition of former guitarist Mike De La O and new bassist Noah Young (ex-Warbringer) to their lineup. Charlie Koryn has also been recruited to record drums on their new album “The Entombment Of Chaos.”

The group commented:

“As some of you have noticed, there has recently been a line up change; Adrian Obregon, Adrian Marquez and Eddie Andrade have parted ways with the band due to personal reasons. We would like to thank them for all and everything that they have contributed to the band throughout the years and would also like to wish them the very best with their future endeavors.

With that being said, Mike De La O will be coming back into the band full time along with Noah Young on bass, which some of you may already know from filling in on the last couple tours. For the remainder of the year we have a couple friends that will be helping us out with live shows but we are still in need of a full time drummer.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please contact us via email or through our social media pages. We are scheduled to enter the studio later this month to begin the recording our new album entitled “The Entombment Of Chaos”. The album will be tracked at Trench Studios (Corona,CA) and will be mixed and mastered by Dan Swano with Art coming again Dan Seagrave.

Our good friend Charlie Koryn will be handling drums on the new album. Right after wrapping up the recordings we will hit the road and perform at a whole bunch of festivals!

Hope to see you all on the road.

Cheers!

-SR”

Here’s the band’s current dates:

03/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Lexington Bar
05/01 Barroselas, POR – SWR Barroselas Metalfest
05/02 Saint-Omer, FRA – Dreamer Fest
05/03 Eindhoven, NET – Netherlands Deathfest
05/06 Hull, UK – The Polar Bear
05/07 Glasgow, UK – Audio
05/08 Leeds, UK – Boom
05/09 London, UK – Incineration Fest
05/21 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
06/06 Gotteingen, GER – Underground Remains
06/12 Dortmund, GER – Junkyard
06/18 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – MetalGate Czech Death Fest
06/20 Protzen, GER – Protzen Open Air
06/27 Los Angeles, CA – California Deathfest
09/07 São Paulo, BRA – Setembro Negro Festival
09/09 Montevideo, URG – Blast Sala
09/10 Buenos Aires, ARG – Museo Rock

Guitarist Harrison Patuto Officially Joins Aborted

Aborted have officially welcomed Harrison Patuto (ex-Vale Of Pnath, etc.) to the band as their new guitarist. He is replacing Mendel bij de Leij, who exited the band last year.

Aborted commented:

“Up and atom! Faster than a shark, sharper than a scalpel and has more cats than your regular disgruntled cat lady, we have a permanent replacement for Mendel – ladies and gents, please welcome Harrison Patuto as the official 5th member of the band.”

Patuto added:

“It is with great pleasure that I announce my permanence within the band of Aborted. This past year has been a surplus of hard work and good times, as we performed a total of 82 shows together. There were big shoes to fill for me, but the dedication, effort, talent and kindness of the guys has made it all the more easy for me to feel at home. There are exciting things ahead, and I could not be more honoured to be a part of it.”

You can see footage of Patuto performing “Exquisite Convinous Drama” below:

Tommy Gibbons (Ex-Flaw) Joins Farewell To Fear As Their Touring Guitarist

Tommy Gibbons has joined Farewell To Fear as their touring guitarist. This news comes after he previously said that he was stepping away from music after being fired from Flaw due to plagiarism allegations.

Gibbons commented:

“Well there you guys go…..a lot of you wanted me back!!!! So here I’M BACK!!!!!!! I want to thank you guys for all the support and love you have showed me…..I guess we’ll just see what happens…….”

Farewell To Fear added:

“*ANNOUNCEMENT* all of us from FAREWELL TO FEAR would like to welcome TOMMY GIBBONS as our TOURING GUITARIST!!!!!! He filled in for us for the Chris Jericho Cruise so let’s welcome Tommy and let’s see what the future holds!!!!!! More updates coming soon!!!!! Thank you all for the continued support”

[via The PRP]

Butcher Babies Announce New Bassist & Guitarist

Butcher Babies have officially welcomed Ricky Bonazza and Andy James to the band. Bonazza has been recruited as a replacement for bassist Jason Klein, who exited the group last year, while James has been recruited as a second guitarist. The new lineup recently made their debut at the 2020 Dimebash in Santa Ana, CA.

All Hail The Yeti Working On New EP, Announce New Guitarist

All Hail The Yeti have signed with The Oracle Management and are currently working on a new EP with producer Steve Evetts. With this news, the band have also announced the addition of guitarist Dave Vanderlinde to their lineup.

Frontman Connor Garritty said the following about recruiting Vanderlinde:

“Dave has an unbelievable talent. The writing process has been painless and some of the most fun we’ve had in a long time. His guitar playing is exactly what AHTY needed. Add that to his personality and hunger for success and you have the perfect combination.

He also added the following about working with The Oracle Management:

“The Oracle’s Dez Fafara and I have been friends for a very long time. He is probably the most responsible for my music career starting in California so many years ago. Circle back two decades and now the team is right where it needs to be. He is driven, smart, no bullshit and that’s exactly what this band needs.”

The singer also commented on the new EP:

“Sometimes when things need a new fire you have to go to the source of the flame. Steve is a genius and we could not be happier. Everything is sounding huge, and we have no doubt that this will be some of our best material yet. We are very anxious to unleash this beast on the world and we can’t wait for all our fans to be able to experience this life with us. HAIL!”

On another note, the group have also released a new lyric video for “Felo De Se” via Alternative Press. That track appears on their latest album “Highway Crosses” and Garritty said the following about it:

“The song is about a teenager that is bullied for being different. When he decides he’s had enough, he goes to class, slits his wrists and sprays his blood on his aggressors.

As a victim of bullying myself, I have zero tolerance for any form of it. With the climate of America’s society today, ‘Felo De Se’ hits the mark, spot on. Kids are tired of not being able to be themselves. Tired of feeling ashamed for being different than the norm [of] America’s youth. We say, ‘Stand up! Fight back!’ Be who you want to be. And none of us should feel any type of persecution for this. This is the flag for freedom of expression. Freedom to be different. Wave it proud!”

Massacre Announce New Lineup, Begin Work On New Album

Massacre have officially welcomed The Absence’s Jeramie Kling (drums) and Taylor Nordberg (guitar) to the band. The group, whose current lineup also features original bassist Michael Borders and original vocalist Kam Lee, have also signed a new management deal with Extreme Management Group and are planning to release a new album in 2020.

Lee commented:

“I understand for some fans that it’s hard to not be a bit jaded about a band with such an ugly history, but that is all finally about to change. I’m now in a place in the band where I’m in position to do what is right by the band’s namesake and legendary status quo. Plus, having both Jeramie and Taylor join is the best thing for the band. These members bring a sensibility and professional mindset that the band was lacking before and so urgently needed. Their talents and skill set is a refreshing and positively right direction for the band. I’m excited and looking forward to what Massacre will be doing next, and only hope the fans are just as excited.”

Borders added:

“We’re really stoked that Taylor and Jeramie decided to come on board. I really think it’s a good mix of new blood into our sound. While there will be no doubt when you hear the new material you’re listening to Massacre, fans will know these recent changes were for the better. We’re giving these guys free rein to be themselves, do their thing, not clone sounds and styles of past members.”

A teaser for the band’s new demo track “Cycle Of The Curse” can be found below: