Windwaker Premiere “Left In The Dark” Music Video

Windwaker have premiered a new video for their new song “Left In The Dark.” This track features the band’s latest lineup, which now consists of Liam Guinane (vocals), Jesse Crofts (guitar), Indey Salvestro (bass), Chris Lalic (drums), and Connor Robins (synths + samples). The group said the following about the single:

“Life can feel so bleak at times, and especially in today’s world, things are so complicated. But the escape we have gotten from music and the artists we love has always been a constant. It’s part of why we love what we do and remembering that feeling resonated with all of us after such a major lineup change and restructure. We want anyone listening to this track to feel reassured we can be that escape when things get tough.”

The Black Dahlia Murder To Return With New Lineup, Announce Trevor Strnad Tribute Show

The Black Dahlia Murder have confirmed that they are planning to move forward following the death of their frontman Trevor Strnad. Guitarist Brian Eschbach will now be taking on vocals for the band, while Ryan Knight will be returning on guitar. The new lineup will be paying tribute to Strnad during a special show with Darkest Hour and Plague Years at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI on October 28.

Eschbach told Decibel Magazine the following about their decision to continue:

“We spent many days thinking things like, ‘Is this over?’ None of us wanted it to be over. We still feel like there is a lot left to do. I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren’t here. It’s bigger than us. When we finally started talking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s remake it from within and see if Ryan wants to return.

And I’ll take a crack on the vocals and see how it goes.’ I can’t go out there and do Trevor’s voice or try to be him. I can only execute the music of The Black Dahlia Murder with respect and try to do it the most justice I can. I’ve heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive.”

Knight also commented:

“The time I’ve spent with this band is the best time I’ve ever had. Being away has given me a lot of time to reflect, and it always occurred to me that being in BDM is the best use of my time. I’ve thought a lot about the band while I was away and realized how much value this band has. I almost feel like I let some opportunities slip, being away from the band. So, it feels great to be back and like everything has come full circle. I’ve realized how much I love being in this band.”

Guitarist Brandon Ellis continued:

“It was the only way it could work. Brian has been the president and mastermind of the band from the beginning. He’s our leader. For him to take over as the face and frontman of the band is the only option. We are all so thankful that there is a path that seems to make sense.

Because if we don’t continue this band, all of this music and all of these songs—everything we worked on with Trevor for over 21 years—just goes away. That didn’t seem like an option. This is the only way forward that is authentic, respectful and genuine. We have five guys that are and have been The Black Dahlia Murder. No one on the planet knows this band like Brian.”

Ellis also had the following to say about losing Strnad:

“People felt like, ‘This guy sees who I am and we are friends forever now.’ The next time he saw them, he would remember exactly who they were and what they talked about. People just felt this intense connection to him. When one of your friends dies, you go through all of these things in your head. I wondered if I was more like Trevor if he would still be around.

Maybe he would have known how appreciated he was. You always hear people saying, ‘Check on your friends,’ or ‘Tell people you love them.’ Everyone just goes back to their life. I’ve learned something from this and will forever be a different person. Everyone needs to realize life is fragile.

Your friends might be struggling, and you might not even know it or understand it. But you can still help. If there is any way that this tragedy can help move forward, it’s understanding that this guy was such a positive force in people’s lives and uplifted people’s lives. But even he was struggling.”

Eschbach added:

“I don’t have any doubts about what we’re doing. We are making the best out of a shitty, horrible situation. We are the people to do it. It’s always a challenge to write a new album, but it will be a different challenge this time to keep this legacy alive without Trevor. We aren’t going to start writing a bunch of political songs.

In the early days, we would always talk about horror comics. We wanted to tell dark and scary stories. That was the foundation of it, and will stay the same. [Second-guessing] is going to happen. We’re a big band. Some people will reject it just hearing about it, but this is just something we have to do. This is us, and we can’t stop it. If that bums them out, well, that bums us out, too. But we can’t stop doing it.”

Tim Lambesis Comments On As I Lay Dying’s Lineup Changes, Offers Update On New Album

During a recent interview with Metalshop, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis commented on the drastic lineup changes within the group. On top of that, the vocalist also confirmed that the band will be releasing a new album in 2023.

Lambesis said the following about the band’s new lineup:

“I think for our fans, they think that the changes happened all in a very short period of time, but they actually happened over the last two years. The first change was on guitar we invited Ken Susi to fill in for us. And that was about two years ago that we invited him. But then, of course, the pandemic happened and so we had a lot of breaks until we had a tour again.

So Ken‘s been rehearsing with us, or talking about rehearsing with us, for the last couple of years. And on drums we have Nick Pierce, who joined us. Nick Pierce was previously in Unearth; Ken is from Unearth as well.

And Nick stopped playing with Unearth and coincidentally at the same time we needed a drummer, because our previous drummer hadn’t been communicating with us; he went very isolated once the pandemic hit.

And so there wasn’t an argument or anything like that; it was just a situation where when the pandemic hit, he decided to take a new direction in life and kind of cut himself off from the rest of us. And we decided we wanted to keep going forward. Phil and I had been the ones writing the songs all these years, so when Nick Pierce left Unearth, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to have him perform with us.

And then Ryan came from Miss May I. He was the last guy to come in. And he didn’t come in until a couple of months ago. Our bass player, Josh, previously left, and he’s with Spiritbox now. And when he decided to go perform with Spiritbox, we called up Ryan, who was with Miss May I.

And Ryan Neff was on tour at the time. And then we asked him, ‘Can you start touring with us as soon as this tour is over?’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m only gonna have three days off to rehearse in between tours.’ He said, ‘If you guys want me to do it, I’ll make sure I come prepared.’ And he had a lot to learn in three days, but he pulled it together. He’s a very, very hard-working guy.”

He also added the following about the band’s new album:

“Well, we have demos going back and forth between Phil and I. The two of us have been writing songs for 20 years, and so we have a very, I guess, refined method of writing where we exchange demos early on so that they have room to be pulled apart.

And then once there’s a full instrumental, then I start writing lyrics. And I typically don’t write lyrics until after we have all the instrumentals together. So pretty shortly after this tour we’ll finish the demo process and then I can start writing lyrics. And hopefully by the end of the year we’ll finish recording so we can have an album next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life Announce New Lineup

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life have officially announced their new lineup. Founding guitarist Wyatt McLaughlin will now be joined by vocalist Tyler Beam, bassist Andrew Petway, and drummer Dylan Potts.

The band issued the following statement:

“We would like to welcome Tyler Beam as the new vocalist of The Last Ten Seconds of Life. You might know him from the PA riff heads PROMISE BREAKER. His vocal ability excels the band to another level of intensity with his approach to new music and previous songs.

If you saw us on our most recent tour Andrew Petway was caving in chests with his bass tone. He will continue in that position and officially join the band. If you don’t know Dylan Potts; you will very soon. A powerhouse drummer with infectious groove.

We begin tracking at Atrium Audio in one week and cannot wait to show you all what we have created together!”

This news comes after vocalist John Robert Centorrino, bassist Mike Menocker, and drummer Steven Sanchez all exited the band earlier this year.

Delain Announce New Lineup, Premiere “The Quest And The Curse” Music Video

Delain have officially returned with a new lineup consisting of founder and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, guitarist Ronald Landa, drummer Sander Zoer, singer Diana Leah, and bassist Ludovico Cioffi. With this news, the band have also released a new single titled “The Quest And The Curse.” You can find an official video for that track below:

Mushroomhead’s Steve “Skinny” Felton Comments On New Touring Lineup

As previously reported, Mushroomhead have been out on the road in Europe with a new touring lineup consisting of VentanA‘s Scott Beck, who is filling in for vocalist Jason “J Mann” Popson, Aydin Michael, who is filling in for sampler Rick “St1tch” Thomas, and Joe “Jenkins” Gaal, who has taken over for ex-guitarist Tom “Tankx” Shaffner. Now, drummer/percussionist Steve “Skinny” Felton has officially commented on the changes within the band, saying that they are “stronger than ever.”

Felton told Moshpit Passion the following:

“This is just the current version that we’re touring with. COVID came in and changed a lot of people’s lives, and some people decided that they didn’t wanna do the touring anymore. And we weren’t gonna just sit around and wait for people to feel that the world was convenient enough for them.”

He also added:

“We’ve been trying to put this tour together since we put [the ‘A Wonderful Life’] record out — June of 2020. So we’ve been trying to do this for two years. So if people kind of fell off over the course of two years, then that’s what happened. So we ended up rebranding the band once again. And it’s stronger than ever. And we changed up quite a bit of the material [in the setlist] because of that. We’ve got abilities now that we simply did not have in the past, as far as touring. So we’re totally taking advantage of it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mushroomhead Have Been Touring With A New Lineup

According to The PRP, Mushroomhead have been touring Europe and the UK with a new lineup. The group are reportedly joined by VentanA‘s Scott Beck, who is filling in for vocalist Jason “J Mann” Popson, Aydin Michael, who is filling in for sampler Rick “St1tch” Thomas, and Joe “Jenkins” Gaal, who has taken over for ex-guitarist Tom “Tankx” Shaffner. Notably, vocalist Jackie LaPonza has since exited the group as well.

Watch Footage From Evanescence’s First Show With New Lineup

Last night (June 5), Evanescence took the stage in Athens, Greece for their first show with Tim McCord on guitar and Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) on bass. You can see fan-filmed footage from that concert below. As previously reported, Anzai was recruited as the band’s new bassist after McCord shifted to guitar following the departure of Jen Majura.

Evanescence Bassist Tim McCord Switches To Guitar, Band Recruit Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) As New Bassist

Evanescence bassist Tim McCord will now be taking on guitar duties for the band following the departure of Jen Majura. Furthermore, the group have also welcomed Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) to the band as their new bassist.

Evanescence issued the following statement:

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have some very big news to share.

Introducing our new guitarist…

TIM MCCORD!!

After 16 years in the band as our rock solid bass player, Tim is taking a turn on his original instrument. Spoiler alert- he’s great at it.

And on bass, it is our extreme pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies! We’ve been friends and fans for years, and the time has finally come to join forces.

Emma will be pulling double duty as we have some shows with Sick Puppies coming up soon, so get ready for that! We are all very excited to bring this new formation to the stage for the first time in Athens on June 5. See you soon!”

Singer Amy Lee also commented:

“Making positive change in your life (and band) can be really hard. Some choices we make, some are made for us. But who we are in the end is how we handle whatever comes our way. Today is a big day in my band. Taking another step forward with my brothers who have been beside me for 15+ years, and welcoming in a beautiful friend we are so excited to share the stage with…. I’m happy. You never know whats around the corner, but when something is right you know it’s right. And this feels so right. Welcome Emma! Love all you guys.”

The Obsessed Reveal New Touring Lineup

Scott “Wino” Weinrich has revealed the musicians that will be joining him as part of The Obsessed’s touring lineup. He said the following:

“Hello friends, I am proud to announce the new The Obsessed lineup! On bass Chris Angleberger (Tranquilizer), on 2nd guitar Jason Taylor (Sierra, Witches of God), Brian Costantino on drums, Wino on guitar and vocals. We will be doing a string of shows en route to Ripplefest in Austin, and back. We look forward to seeing you out on the road! Tour dates coming soon. Thank you, WINO 5-11-22″