Bassist Frédéric Leclercq To Exit DragonForce

DragonForce have announced that bassist Frédéric Leclercq will be leaving the band following their August 17 performance at the Elbriot Festival in Hamburg, Germany. After that show, the group will move forward with YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry as a fill-in.

DragonForce said the following about Leclercq:

“We are sad to announce that Frédéric Leclercq is leaving DragonForce to pursue other projects. We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years.

Fred says, ‘I had an amazing opportunity that will be announced soon. There is no bad blood and I wish the band all the best. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout the years.’

Herman Li said, ‘As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.” Fred’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. We are going to have a massive celebration for Fred, please come out and send him off!’”

The band also added the following about fill-in bassist Stevie T, who is also set to play the triangle at their upcoming shows:

“DragonForce announced on Wednesday that musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry) will join the band for the US leg of its upcoming world tour. DragonForce guitarist Herman Li jokingly invited Stevie T to join the band this summer, asking him to play the triangle. Stevie T responded with a video on his YouTube channel, accepting Li’s offer and playing an extended triangle solo to DragonForce’s hit “Through the Fire and Flames.” Stevie T’s ground-breaking triangle solo can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3jXO1gbhY8

Li said ‘I was deeply moved when I saw Stevie T’s technical precision and finesse on the triangle and immediately invited him to join the tour. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest triangle player ever to grace this earth.’

Stevie T will also step in to play bass for the band, after the departure of bassist Frédéric Leclercq, which was also announced on the band’s website on Wednesday. Leclercq’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. Li said, “We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years. As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.”

As previously reported, DragonForce’s new album “Extreme Power Metal” will be released on September 27.

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Guitarist BC Kochmit Announces His Departure From Nonpoint

BC Kochmit has announced his departure from Nonpoint. The guitarist will play his final show with the band on August 30 in Madison, WI.

Nonpoint said the following:

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to our friend @bckochmit as he makes the decision to come off the road indefinitely and step down as lead guitarist for our band. Touring and being away from family is hard for us all. For BC it’s gotten too hard for him to continue touring and being away from his family.

He will be deeply missed but we all understand his decision and ask our fans to respect this decision as it did not come easy. We wish you nothing but luck and happiness BC. Love you brother 🙏🏽🤘💛…”

Kochmit also issued his own statement:

“I don’t know how many miles I’ve traveled or how many faces I’ve seen in my career. I don’t even know how to begin to count them. What I do know is that every single one of them was a blessing. For over 2 decades I’ve lived an amazing life doing what I love for a living, but over the last 20 years I’ve amassed a great debt.

Borrowing from the bank of trust my family has in me afforded me the opportunity to be who I am. I am truly blessed with real love. The kind of love that withstands countless tear soaked goodbyes and FaceTime holidays. The kind of love that stretched across oceans on Mother’s Days and Thanksgivings.

What I’ve asked of them is indeed remarkable. Furthermore, I’ve borrowed too much from my own physical body. Ignoring all the aches, pains, and back problems so that I do not deprive a single fan of the energy they deserve. I can ask no more of my family or my body. The bill is due and I’m a man of my word.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must face the reality that after the Taste Of Madison show on August 30th it is finally time for me to step down and retire from touring full time.

To my brothers in Nonpoint, sharing the stage with you has been truly a blessing and an honor that I will never ever forget. From befriending you guys on your first headlining tour when I was opening for you in Switched in 2001, to when the stars finally aligned and you welcomed me into the fold as a true member of this amazing band, you are and forever will be family to me and that will never change.

I wish you all nothing short of the very best and much more continued success from the bottom of my heart. I will always be there to write music with you and do whatever I possibly can for my Nonpoint family. I am Nonpoint for life. The thing I will miss the most though, is looking over my shoulder and seeing my 4 brothers absolutely dominating those stages and giving nothing less than 110% every night.

Elias, Robb, Rasheed, & Adam, I love you all more than each of you will ever possibly know. Thank you for all the amazing memories, the unmatched chemistry, your brotherhood, but most importantly … thank you for your understanding.

To all my crew family throughout the years, not one of those shows would have happened without you. You are the real true hero’s of rock and roll. I salute each and every single one of you. Thank you all for everything.

To every fan that ever banged their head, put their fist in the air, shouted the lyrics, or jumped into the pit, you have given me the strength to make it this far and I love you all.

This is not the end of the music. Music is who and what I am. Music consumes my soul. I will always write and compose new music, but I promised myself that I would not watch my daughter grow up through an iPhone. I have to keep that promise. It is time to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life. I now have to go where I am needed the most. Home.”

Drummer Des Kensel Exits High On Fire

Des Kensel has announced his departure from High On Fire. The drummer said he is leaving to focus on “new opportunities and spending time with [his] family.”

Here’s Kensel’s full statement:

“As a founding member of High on Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band.

Being a full time professional musician can have its challenges. One gets through those challenges with patience, hard work and perseverance. After much consideration, it is time for me to announce that I will no longer be performing with High on Fire. I will now be focusing on new opportunities and spending time with my family.

I would like to sincerely thank all of our fans for your support throughout the years. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Lastly, I would like to wish my band-mates the best of luck in the future.”

Lamb Of God Officially Part Ways With Chris Adler

Lamb Of God have officially parted ways with Chris Adler. Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, etc.) will now serve as the band’s permanent drummer.

The group commented:

“Dear Lamb of God fans,

We returned last week from a great European festival run and our final tour with Slayer in North America. We are excited to keep the momentum going and dive into the next record.

We’d like to officially welcome Art Cruz, who has been playing drums with us on tour for the last year, as the new drummer of Lamb of God. Art will be joining us in the studio as we begin pre-production and recording of a new album.

We’re very proud of everything this band has accomplished over the last two decades. We would like to thank Chris Adler for his contributions over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Thank you,

John, Mark, Randy & Willie”

Obey The Brave Part Ways With Guitarist And Bassist

Obey The Brave have parted ways with guitarist John Campbell and bassist Cory Wilson. This news comes just as the band are preparing to release their new album “Balance” on Friday (July 19).

The group commented:

“Not gonna lie, 2019 started out a little rough. Most of you have noticed the absence of our brothers John and Cory, who have indeed decided to move on. Both are doing great and are now fully committed to their new jobs and family life. We’re proud of the boys and wish them the best!

If there’s one thing OTB stands for, it’s the virtue of hard work, patience and determination in the face of adversity. We wrote “Balance” during a pivotal moment in our lives and the 3 of us have no intention of slowing down. So much passion and pain went into this album and we can’t wait to share it with you all!

Tomorrow, we drop another new single/music video and head back to America to tour the Northeast with our friends in Sharptooth. We’re grateful for all the positive feedback we’ve been getting from you guys so far. The time has finally come, “Balance” is out Friday!”

Jukka Nevalainen Officially Exits Nightwish, Kai Hahto Named As Permanent Replacement

Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen has officially exited the band. Kai Hahto, who has been touring with the group since 2014, will now serve as a permanent replacement.

Nevalainen commented:

“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of Nightwish. This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed.

As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do. These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues. It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band – related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference.

Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band. My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band. I will continue to take care of the band`s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!

My sincere thank you`s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!

Jukka”

In other news, Nightwish have also started working on their new album, which is expected to be released in spring 2020.

Wilson Guitarist Kyle Landry Announces His Departure From The Band

Wilson guitarist Kyle Landry has announced that he is leaving the band. His final show with the group will take place on July 13 at the Riff Fest in Clarkston, MI.

Landry said the following:

“HELLO ALL – Kyle Landry here and I have some news for all our amazing fans.

The past 9 years has been the greatest adventure I could have ever dreamt up. I wouldn’t trade the memories I have made with each of you for anything. However, I have decided to take my life in a different direction and I will no longer be a member of Wilson.

This decision has been well thought-out, and it did not come easy. All of my Wilson brothers have been fully supportive and understanding of my departure. There are no hard feelings. Music will always be a huge part of my life and I will continue to make songs to share with my friends and family forever.

With that said, Riff Fest this Saturday, July 13th, will be my last performance with Wilson. Thank you all for your support along the way and hopefully we will see you there!”