Vektor Return With New Lineup

As previously reported, Vektor went on hiatus in 2016 after guitarist Erik Nelson, bassist Frank Chin, and drummer Blake Anderson all exited the band. However, frontman David DiSanto has since reunited with Nelson to launch an updated version of the band with new drummer Mike Ohlson and new bassist Stephen Coon.

The group commented:

“After a four year hiatus following the highly regarded album, “Terminal Redux“, the two original guitar players, David DiSanto and Erik Nelson, have decided to reform Vektor.

With new talent from Mike Ohlson on drums and Stephen Coon on bass, Vektor is back as strong as ever!

The band currently in the studio working on new material, and are preparing for multiple tours in 2021″

This news comes after DiSanto’s wife Katy DiSanto accused him of physical abuse and sexual assault in 2019. He has since gone on to deny the allegations.

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.

Nervosa Announce New Lineup

Nervosa have officially announced their new lineup. In addition to founding guitarist Prika Amaral, the band now features: vocalist Diva Satanica (Bloodhunter), bassist Mia Wallace (ex-Abbath, etc.), and drummer Eleni Nota (Mask Of Prospero, Croque Madame).

The group issued the following statement:

“After intense days auditioning girls from all over the world, we arrived at the new official line up.

It was a bit of a challenge to audition at a distance but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Prika Amaral said:

‘It was an incredible experience to meet so many talented women. It was not easy to choose just one and being forced to say “No” to several really good musicians. But the question is beyond musical competence. It involves availability, professional posture, good communication, etc … But I am very happy with the result and very confident. I already have a lot of new songs saved and we have already started writing (which was one of the tests applied during auditions). We will launch some new material online while the Covid-19 situation is sorted. I guarantee that Nervosa comes with full strength.’

To take care of the singing duties Diva Satanica was chosen, currently she is vocalist of the band Bloodhunter, where they have already made several important presentations including alongside Nervosa.

On the bass we have a big name, Mia W. Wallace, who has played with Abbath and (Hellhammer’s reincarnation) Triumph of Death, among others.

Last but not least, on the drums, The Revelation, Eleni Nota. Hard hitting drummer with a lot of energy, who currently plays in progressive metal bands Mask of Prospero and Croque Madame.

The choice to be a quartet was to give Nervosa a fresh approach and show something different. This is a new phase, a new Nervosa, but still with its thrash/death essence intact, with riffs with a lot of downpicking and strong grip, fast and technical drums, a renewed, heavier, bass sound and aggressive and super thrash metal vocals. A second guitarist is still an option, but not for the current moment where it involves a lot of adaptation and a huge challenge in logistics, but for the future it is very possible.

Thank you all for your support!”

This news comes after bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto exited the group last month.

Malevolent Creation Part Ways With Phil Cancilla And Lee Wollenschlaeger

Malevolent Creation have parted ways with drummer Phil Cancilla and vocalist/guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger. Ronnie Parmer will be repleacing Cancilla, while Ryan Taylor will be replacing Wollenschlaeger.

The group commented:

“We’ve got a few things to announce: First on the list we had to part ways with Phil Cancilla due to family related issues and internal problems that were unforeseen to us at the time.

With that being said we are happy to announce the addition of Ronnie Parmer on drums. He’s played in Angelcorpse and plays in Amon, Brutality and Perdition Temple to name a few. He’s a killer drummer and great dude to tour with. We’re very glad to have him on board with us!

Next is the departure of Lee on vocals and guitar. We feel that we wrote a killer album with Lee but there are many reasons why we’ve come to this decision. One being distance,another being multiple visa issues that caused us to cancel shows in Europe and South America during these last few tours.

Lee is a great dude and we wish him nothing but success in the future.

We have searched closer to home for his replacement and are very happy to announce that Ryan Taylor formerly of Solstice, Thrash or Die & currently in Body Blow will be taking on these duties!

We wish both Phil Cancilla and Lee Wollenschlaeger the best and thank them for all they have contributed to the band in their time with us. We hope they continue to pursue music and we will support any band or project they decide to be a part of.

Now with all members residing in Florida we feel that this lineup is finally solidified and we can now move forward to getting to work on the next MC album. We hope this virus will subside soon and we can get back to our touring schedule for the later half of this year. For now here’s a little video of Solstice when Ryan and Josh were in the band to give an idea of whats in store for you all. We look forward to seeing you soon and destroying any shows in our path!!! Stay safe out there and keep your ears out for new MC music soon!!!”

In Dying Arms Return With New Lineup And Single

In Dying Arms have officially returned with a new lineup and single titled “Cold & Empty.“ Orion Stephens commented:

“I’m very pleased to announce IDA is back with our first new track in 3 years. Back in 2017 when the band broke up, I immediately began working on new music and getting into the recruiting process. This new era of band brings many new changes. One being some new faces! Throughout this time our old members have moved onto new ventures in life and wish them all the very best. Love you guys! With that being said, please welcome Noah Williamson (Guitar/Vocals), Andy Sapinkopf (Guitar), and Nate White (Drums) to the band. We have been working on a new EP, which has taken the bands sound into a direction we hope you all will love as much as we do.”

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:

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The Damned Things Confirm New Lineup, Announce New Album “High Crimes”

The Damned Things have officially confirmed their new lineup. Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax) and Josh Newton (Shiner, ex-Every Time I Die) recently exited the group and as previously rumored Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) has joined as their new bassist. The rest of the lineup consists of original members Scott Ian (Anthrax), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy). The band will be releasing a new album titled “High Crimes” on April 26 and are currently booked to perform at Welcome To Rockville on May 4 and at Epicenter on May 11.

Trohman talked about the new album with Kerrang!, saying it was originally going to be an EP “but then it got to the point where [they] just made a whole record.” He continued:

“The more we put into it, the more we were, like, ‘Okay, let’s just do this,'” he said. “I hate using the terms ‘organically,’ because it’s a pretty shitty buzzword, but it happened organically. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“I originally wanted to open the record with this song called ‘Storm Charmer’ because it was really slow and ominous, which is probably a bad idea. [Laughs] I think I love ‘Cells’ — that is one of my favorite songs on the record. ‘Cells’, ‘Omen’ and ‘Carry A Brick’ are some of my favorites.

Honestly, I’ve been sitting with the demos for nearly two years, and I still haven’t got sick of any of it. I don’t listen to it in a self-serving way. I’ll listen to them and think, ‘When am I going to hate them?’ And every time I listen to them, I really like all these songs. It’s the first time I’ve listened to a record and found there’s not a lot I would change. With making anything, I could tweak it forever, but I think with this one, the mentality was just: go in, write these songs, and when they’re done, they’re done. Don’t overthink anything. Hopefully, by approaching it in a ‘Let’s make them sound really cool and not tweak them forever’ stance, then they would be the rawest possible version. I though the last record was definitely a little flippant in production, and I just wanted to pull back on that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Bleed The Sky Confirm Latest Lineup, Reveal New Album Title

Bleed The Sky have officially confirmed their latest lineup. In addition to singer Noah Robinson, guitarist Wayne Miller, and drummer Austin D’Amond, the band now features bassist David Culbert, who was a previous member of the band, and ex-Solus Deus guitarist Kevin Garcia. The group, who are currently working on a new album titled “This Way Lies Madness”, had the following to say:

“We’d like to take a moment to officially announce our new member lineup! I’m sure most of you have noticed, but we’d like to welcome 2 new faces to the family! Kevin Garcia is our new guitarist and friend of 15 years. He jammed with Austin D’Amond and Wayne Miller in Solus Deus and we are stoked to have him on board! Also, our good friend and former BTS member Dave Culbert is back in the mix on bass guitar! Dave was with BTS for awhile during the writing stages of Murder The Dance and was a key player in that album’s overall sound and attitude. So let’s all officially welcome these guys aboard our metal ship!”

[via The PRP]

Ill Niño Announce New Lineup, Premiere New Song “Sangre” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco are now claiming they never left Ill Niño.

Original Story:

Ill Niño have parted ways with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco. Taking their places will be vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “Sangre.”

Drummer Dave Chavarri commented:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Leal added:

“Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”

Edge Of Paradise Announce New Lineup

Edge Of Paradise have announced the additions of bassist Vanya Kapetanovic and drummer Jimmy Lee to their lineup. They will be taking over for former bassist Nick Ericson and former drummer John Chominsky.

Margarita Monet and Dave Bates commented:

Both Vanya and Jimmy join the band with a great amount of motivation and passion, and we’re thrilled to have them on board for the next exciting chapter of Edge of Paradise. We want to thank our previous bass player, and new dad, Nick Ericson, and drummer John Chominsky. We accomplished so much together during the nearly 5 years they both were with the band, and we will always be grateful for their contribution. We wish them the best on their future endeavors and will always consider them our lifelong friends!

We are almost finished recording songs for the record. It’s been an amazing experience working with Mike Plotnikoff. We are beyond excited to unleash the new music as we take our sound one step further and present you with the new, electrifying side of Edge of Paradise!”

[via BraveWords]