Alex Rudinger Exits Good Tiger

Alex Rudinger has announced his departure from Good Tiger. The drummer is leaving the group to “purse other opportunities.”

Rudinger said the following:

“To anyone that isn’t interested / doesn’t care enough to read a few paragraphs, the short is: After much thought, I’ve decided to leave my band, Good Tiger, to pursue other opportunities.

If you’re inclined to know a bit more as to why, please continue reading!

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. Everyone in the band was well aware of it, and did nothing but encourage me to do what was best for myself. Those four individuals – Dez, Morgan, Jo, & Elliot, are the reason I joined (and helped start) this band. They are truly exceptional people, and I hold them very close to my heart.

At varying times throughout the last few years I’ve felt uncertain as to what I wanted long-term out of this band, and also from a personal satisfaction standpoint in my overall career (something I have much more clarity on now). On top of this, the health of a close family member came into question recently (when I left mid-way through our headline tour), forcing me to re-evaluate certain long term plans.

Life can certainly throw things at you that you don’t expect, and it’s not always easy. But I feel immensely fortunate to have been in a band with such amazing people when life threw me this recent curve ball – I was shown nothing but support. With that said, pairing this change in my personal life with the continual desire I’ve felt to pursue other things throughout these last few years has made this decision relatively simple for me.

I have every intention of continuing my career in music, but in truth am not sure where I’m headed next. So to all bands out there, if you’re looking for a drummer, feel free to reach out. Whether it’s a fill-in / session position, full-time, or anything else, I am quite excited to explore whatever opportunities may arise, and I will certainly still be touring whenever the right opportunity presents itself.

In the meantime, I will be continuing my work at home as usual with teaching, session work, videos / online content, as well as an exciting new business I’ve recently started (with good-buddy Anup Sastry). But let it be known that I am indeed available and looking for more work.

Before I sign off, I’d like to say a few more things about the phenomenal human beings that I’ve had the pleasure of being in a band with for the last three and a half years. I met most of them long before we started this band, and connected with them incredibly as people.

After having been in a variety of bands / situations prior to Good Tiger that weren’t always terrifically healthy, all I wanted was to be in a band with good people that I loved and trusted. Dez, Jo, Morgan, and Elliot personify these qualities, and I will cherish all of the experiences we had together for the rest of my life. They have done so much for me, not only as a bandmate, but especially as friends.

Deciding to leave a band where you truly love all of the members is a peculiar thing, but from a creative, personal, and business standpoint, I know that it is time to move on. In coming to this conclusion, they have done nothing but show me love and support in return, and it is without a doubt the most amicable departure from a band that I can imagine. All they want is for me to be happy, and I want the same for them.

Fun little story: I would often annoy Elliot (in a joking way) when I needed a hand with something on tour. I’d say – “C’monnnnn duuuude, we’re friends!! Help me out!!!”. He would jokingly reply – “We are not friends Rudi, we are co-workers”. It became a thing we all said, in a very sarcastic and joking way, of course (we all like to clown). Upon making this decision to leave, Jo looked at me with a loving smile and said – “You know what this means Rudi? We are not co-workers anymore. We are now just friends”.

As cheesy as it sounds, the sentiment of it resonated with me at my core. I love these guys so much, and I am so proud of everything we have done together. I am so thankful to have met them, to have been in a band with them, to have made music with them, and most of all – to have them as dear friends for the rest of my life.

So, that’s all for now folks. If you took the time to read all of this, thank you. If you’re a fan of mine or the band’s, thank you (again) for all of the support you’ve given me / us over the years. I’ve had many wonderful experiences in my career thus far, and none of them would’ve been possible if it weren’t for you all.

Please continue to follow and support Good Tiger (I certainly will be!), and stay tuned for whatever thing life throws at me next. I look forward to it, whatever “it” is. Much love everyone!

–Alex Rudinger (Rudi)”

The band added:

“Alex has decided to part ways with Good Tiger, to pursue other opportunities. We fully support him in his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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Drummer Cato Bekkevold Exits Enslaved

Drummer Cato Bekkevold has announced that he will be leaving Enslaved. You can watch him discuss that in the below video. Bekkevold’s last live performance with the group will take place at the Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, FRA on June 23. On another note, Enslave previously announced a European/UK tour with High On Fire earlier today.

Guitarist Jesse Stamper Confirms His Exit From Motograter

Guitarist Jesse Stamper has officially confirmed that he has left Motograter. He issued two statements via Facebook with the first one saying: “I’m leaving motograter I don’t blame anyone but myself “cough” the truth comes out in the end….night night….” He then followed up with the following: “I would rather clock into a nine to five than clock into a nine to NUKE to nothing…. just saying….”

This news follows the departures of Noah “Shark” Robertson and Mylon Guy.

[via The PRP]

Ice Nine Kills Part Ways With Drummer Conor Sullivan

Ice Nine Kills have parted ways with drummer Conor Sullivan. With him gone, the group have recruited Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) to fill in on the upcoming Vans Warped Tour. The band said the following:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Conor Sullivan, our drummer and our friend, will be leaving INK to pursue other musical interested and projects. After nearly 10 years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different directions. Conor will always be a part of Ice Nine Kills, for us and our fans. We wish Conor nothing but success and happiness in his future endeavors and encourage everyone to continue to follow Conor on social media, as well as any future projects he becomes a part of. While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this Summer’s Final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante, formerly of the band Affiance. We look forward to seeing you all this Summer.”

Thirty Seconds To Mars Part Ways With Guitarist Tomo Miličević, Premiere “Rescue Me” Video

Tomo Miličević has announced his departure from Thirty Seconds To Mars. He didn’t give much of a reason, but did say it is the “best thing for [him] in [his] life and also for the band.”

Here’s Miličević’s full statement:

“There’s really not an easy way to say it so I thought, just say it.

I am no longer with Thirty Seconds To Mars.

I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.

The years that I have been privileged enough to spend with all of you will live inside of my heart and mind as some of the most amazing memories I’ll ever have. Even though this is incredibly painful because of my attachment to, and love for everyone involved, I know that this pain will be fleeting for myself, and anyone who’s feeling the same because I know that it is the right thing.

If there are any thoughts that have resonated with us throughout the years they are this…

Believe in yourself.
Follow your dreams no matter what.

I want to just say how lucky I feel to have been able to stand on that stage in front of you all, alongside Jared and Shannon, and to share the moments that we have shared over these last fifteen years together.

I want you all to know how much I love everyone and how much I appreciate all of your well wishes while I was working up the courage to write these words to you all, and I’m sorry it took so long to do so.

Most of all I want to say thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream and to have been able to share the stage with them for so long. I’ll cherish the moments we had together and I’ll have love in my heart ever time I think of those days until I draw my final breath.

Thank you so much for giving me a chance to live one of my dreams…

To the fans I say this,
Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided over this, this is a good thing and will be good for everyone. Remember something very important, this band brought ALL of us together, me included. So, even though I’m leaving the band my spirit will never leave the family, and you never know, maybe you’ll see me sitting next to you on the lawn somewhere sometime just singing along…

With Love and Gratitude,
Tomo”

In other news, Thirty Seconds To Mars have also premiered a new video for “Rescue Me.” Jared Leto had the following to say about that:

“‘Rescue Me’ is a song about pain, a song about empowerment, a song about faith, and a song about freedom.

Freedom from the wreckage of your past. Freedom from the bondage of self. And freedom to embrace all the promises that life has to offer.

It’s also a song about the brutal war so many of us wage against fear, depression and anxiety in the hope that we might, one day, live a life filled with happiness and dreams.

Pain does not discriminate. It can affect us all. In our bodies. Our hearts. Our minds. And often, when that pain is emotional or mental, we are afraid to speak up.

None of us are “ok” all the time. And there shouldn’t be a stigma when we aren’t. Both my brother and I have had our own intense personal battles and it has, and continues to be, life changing. I try to remember that just past the darkest days await the brightest and most rewarding moments. And that change is always right around the corner.

I want to thank everyone for being so brave, selfless and vulnerable in this video. The emotion and honesty shared impacted me greatly and I hope it does that same for you all. I am very proud and grateful to have worked with one of my heroes – the master filmmaker and director Mark Romanek. It’s the first time in 13 years I haven’t directed our videos. It was a gift to have him carry the weight so graciously and deliver something so profoundly simple and beautiful.

If you think someone in your life needs help, ask them if they’re ok and make sure they they know you’re there for them. And keep showing up. Help however you can.

If you are hurting, you can get through this. Tell someone you trust. And please make sure you ask for help.

For more information or to seek help for you or someone you know, check out the following organizations:

Treatment Advocacy Center — http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/
Change Direction — https://www.changedirection.org/
Crisis Text Line — https://www.crisistextline.org/
Suicide Prevention Lifeline — https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
World Federation for Mental Health — https://wfmh.global/

#RescueMe

— Jared Leto”

King Ov Hell Leaves Abbath “Due To Conflicting Views On Lyrical Concepts”

Bassist King Ov Hell (ex-Gorogorth/God Seed, etc.) has announced that he is leaving Abbath. He said the following about that:

“King will no longer be part of Abbath due to conflicting views on lyrical concepts of the upcoming album. The lyrics are inspired by Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung. King finds that Jung’s connection to Christian mysticism is incompatible with the image of the band. I wish members of the actual band, label, and crew all the best for the upcoming shows and album. The music itself is nothing short of brilliant. However, I must maintain artistic integrity and respectfully step aside.” –King“

Rings Of Saturn Part Ways With Miles Dimitri Baker & Aaron Stechauner

Rings Of Saturn have parted ways with guitarist, etc. Miles Dimitri Baker and drummer Aaron Stechauner. You can read statements from both of them and the band below.

Rings Of Saturn:

“We wish both Aaron and Miles the best with their departure from Rings of Saturn and all their endeavors with Interloper. Interloper will be releasing an album in the future so we urge everyone to check them out!

For Ragefest we will be bringing back our good friend, and past Rings of Saturn guitarist, Joel Omans on guitar, along with the super shredder Yo Onityan from Japan! We feel that having two amazing guitarists shred up the stage will greatly add to the live performance of the band moving forward. Mike Caputo (Desecrate the Faith) will be tearing up the kit for Ragefest so please give him a warm welcome as well!

With Joel Omans back on board, working with Lucas Mann, we feel that we can really get back to our roots with the direction of the next Rings of Saturn album revisiting what made all our past albums so experimental, heavy, and unique for our listeners.

We have also confirmed the following amazing musicians for guest slots on the next Rings of Saturn album so far with more to come. Charles Caswell (Berried Alive), Yo Onityan, Marco Pitruzzella (Lord Marco), and Dan Watson. In working with all these amazing musicians, we strongly feel that our next album will not only impress new and old fans alike, but will be our best album we put forth yet

Lastly, Lucas Mann will also be coming back on tour with the band on select tours playing either guitar or bass, so stay tuned for future announcements regarding that as they are made available. Most importantly, show some love to all the musicians showing off their incredible talents in the video below that were mentioned in this post!

Big thanks to all of our fans for their continued support of the band, and we look forward to the future”

Baker:

“I will no longer be playing with Rings of Saturn.

I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the fans, friends, and great people who have come into my life the past 3 1/2 years. It has been truly a wonderful and humbling experience. I have been so lucky to have seen so many places and learned so much, all because of the people who believed in me and supported me. For that I will always be beyond grateful.

Among a list of things I could touch on involving this situation, there is only one thing I will touch on in this post. The simple fact of the matter is that I wrote the vast majority of Ultu Ulla and that is something I cannot be silent about publicly anymore. Sadly, the amount of writing I did was not made clear or accurate by any means online, in the credits in the booklet itself, or in the form of royalties.

Seeing so many people enjoy Ultu Ulla, share it, be stoked on it, and come out to our shows all over the world to hear us play it means the world to me. Each and every one of you made the hundreds of hours of writing, recording, filming, stress, sleepless nights, and emotion put into this record more worth it than I could have ever imagined.

From the fans, my friends, my family, the people behind the scenes at Nuclear Blast, to the companies who have been with me from the beginning, you guys all rule!!! Lastly, it is now time for Interloper to finish this record and get out on the road for you all. This album is going to be killer! We have grown so much as individuals and as a band that this album is going to have been absolutely worth the wait.

It won’t be long until I see all the awesome fans and friends again out on the road. I will be continuing to put out new videos, teaching Skype lessons, and interacting with all the fans. I am also very much looking forward to touring with Interloper as well as myself touring in other bands too if anyone is interested. 😎

The wheels are in motion and when one chapter ends, another begins.
I love you all. Again, thank you for positively changing my life forever. See you all soon!”

Stechauner:

“Hello everyone! I am also announcing that I will no longer be a member of Rings of Saturn. A lot of what I would have to say is along the same lines as what Miles has said, but hey! We’re in a similar boat. I’m happy to have spent the last four and a half years of my life meeting a lot of amazing fans and making some of the best friends I could ever say I have.

There is so much I could say in regards to why I have to remove myself from this situation. What I will say, though, is that as much as I have enjoyed playing shows and ripping it on stage with the band, the amount of mental health deterioration I’ve experienced in my time with the band has simply come too far.

I don’t need to go on about the specifics of what happens behind closed doors; needless to say, the reputation of the band precedes itself. You all know how things go, and you all have your own experiences to rely on in judging how you feel about Rings of Saturn.

Moving forward, expect to continue to see me flipping sticks and fucking shit up on the kit. You’re going to be hearing a lot of new @interloperofficialgram and @brazentide, as well as a lot of music and videos from myself as an individual, and any band that I end up finding myself working with.

Thank you all for your continual support ❤ I hope nothing but success for Ian Bearer and the band’s front of house Alex Kendrick.”

I will no longer be playing with Rings of Saturn. I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the fans, friends, and great people who have come into my life the past 3 1/2 years. It has been truly a wonderful and humbling experience. I have been so lucky to have seen so many places and learned so much, all because of the people who believed in me and supported me. For that I will always be beyond grateful. Among a list of things I could touch on involving this situation, there is only one thing I will touch on in this post. The simple fact of the matter is that I wrote the vast majority of Ultu Ulla and that is something I cannot be silent about publicly anymore. Sadly, the amount of writing I did was not made clear or accurate by any means online, in the credits in the booklet itself, or in the form of royalties. Seeing so many people enjoy Ultu Ulla, share it, be stoked on it, and come out to our shows all over the world to hear us play it means the world to me. Each and every one of you made the hundreds of hours of writing, recording, filming, stress, sleepless nights, and emotion put into this record more worth it than I could have ever imagined. From the fans, my friends, my family, the people behind the scenes at Nuclear Blast, to the companies who have been with me from the beginning, you guys all rule!!! Lastly, it is now time for Interloper to finish this record and get out on the road for you all. This album is going to be killer! We have grown so much as individuals and as a band that this album is going to have been absolutely worth the wait. It won’t be long until I see all the awesome fans and friends again out on the road. I will be continuing to put out new videos, teaching Skype lessons, and interacting with all the fans. I am also very much looking forward to touring with Interloper as well as myself touring in other bands too if anyone is interested. 😎 The wheels are in motion and when one chapter ends, another begins. I love you all. Again, thank you for positively changing my life forever. See you all soon!

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Hello everyone! I am also announcing that I will no longer be a member of Rings of Saturn. A lot of what I would have to say is along the same lines as what Miles has said, but hey! We’re in a similar boat. I’m happy to have spent the last four and a half years of my life meeting a lot of amazing fans and making some of the best friends I could ever say I have. There is so much I could say in regards to why I have to remove myself from this situation. What I will say, though, is that as much as I have enjoyed playing shows and ripping it on stage with the band, the amount of mental health deterioration I’ve experienced in my time with the band has simply come too far. I don’t need to go on about the specifics of what happens behind closed doors; needless to say, the reputation of the band precedes itself. You all know how things go, and you all have your own experiences to rely on in judging how you feel about Rings of Saturn. Moving forward, expect to continue to see me flipping sticks and fucking shit up on the kit. You’re going to be hearing a lot of new @interloperofficialgram and @brazentide, as well as a lot of music and videos from myself as an individual, and any band that I end up finding myself working with. Thank you all for your continual support ❤️ I hope nothing but success for Ian Bearer and the band’s front of house Alex Kendrick.

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