Pestilence Part Ways With Guitarist Santiago Dobles

Guitarist Santiago Dobles (Aghora, Cynic, Dobles Ensemble) has exited Pestilence. Taking his place will be Calin Paraschiv (Necrovile).

The band posted the following:

Santiago Dobles says “goodbye”, Pestilence welcomes Calin Paraschiv !

Due to personal circumstances guitarist extraordinaire Santiago Dobles (Aghora, Cynic, Dobles Ensemble) will not participate in future live-performances with/for Pestilence.
Santiago’s latest contribution are some excellent solo’s on Pestilence’s upcoming album “Hadeon” (coming in March 2018).
For now this ends Santiago’s involvement in Pestilence, but we would not be surprised if he will be a guest on any future recording.

So Pestilence welcomes Calin Paraschiv as their new guitarist. Calin hails from Rumania, and plays in another project (Necrovile) with current Pestilence drummer Septimiu Harsan.
He is not a starting musician, but someone who knows the drill for the last 25 years.

Patrick Mameli on Calin: “Calin is the right man for the job, a skilled and professional guitarist ready to tour across the world.
Rehearsing together with Septimiu is a big plus, so the choice was an easy one to make”.

This means Pestilence is more than ever ready to tour.
2018 will start off in the end of January with a 30 days+ Old School set, under the appropriate name “Fight the Plague”-tour.

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Jason Daunt Exits Flaw, Forms New Band With Other Former Members

Jason Daunt has officially announced his departure from Flaw. He will be moving on in a new band called Scars Of The Unbroken. That project features other former Flaw members Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons, and Corey Sturgill, along with frontman Cory Britt (Breathing Theory).

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Daunt commented:

“I was going to wait a few more days as I had been asked about a month ago when I informed Chris [Volz] I would be leaving Flaw and starting a new band with Cory Britt, Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons and Corey Sturgill, but it appears Chris‘s drinking and lies have forced my announcement sooner.

I decided to leave Flaw not only because Chris and his drinking had gotten out of control to the point I was having to prepare new musicians every tour as they would quit each time Volz pulled one of his drunken I think I’m GI Joe stunts I could go further into the issues but those who know us know the rest.

I thought it would be handled more professionally and without the lies as I was nice enough to hold off announcing I was leaving and the band I created. I guess some things will never change but I should have known that. I appreciate all the fan support and even though it’s not warranted I still wish my old friend Chris the best of luck.

As for myself it was simply time to move on and I have been working with the aforementioned musicians on the new project tentatively entitled Scars Of The Unbroken. Cory Britt from Breathing Theory is currently laying vocals and we should have samples up soon. The members of this new band are the most talented group I have ever worked with in the writing process and I can’t wait 2 push this forward. More to come soon much love.”

Daunt commented after Volz previously said the following:

“Hi Flaw Family, I hope you are all well. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to make an official statement about the recent member changes and clarify some issues FLAW has gone through over the years. As most of you know, I have devoted my life to this project and music as a whole for the past 20+ years.

Let me say with all sincerity, music is my true love and passion, but it is also one of the hardest things I have EVER done, one of the hardest industries to break into, and stay relevant in, period, for many different reasons. When we started this project over 2 decades ago we were all in our early 20’s, and didn’t have a care in the world besides music and this band.

As the years went by many things happened to all of us. People get married, people have kids, people change, people get tired of touring constantly, people get tired of making mediocre money and squeezing by on bills, people lose their drive to succeed in a certain industry…..etc. This happens to all bands, as you can easily see by looking at any genre of music. You really have to love it more than you love yourself in some ways.

The industry has changed SO much in the past 20 years, and it has been a true test to adapt with it. There are so many variables that come into play when a group of people decide to start a project or band together. You become full fledged business partners. There are many sacrifices that must be made equally by each party involved. You spend a lot of time away from home and your loved ones, I have personally averaged being away from home for 9 months out of the year, for the past 20 years.

It has wreaked havoc on my personal life and relationships, and affected my family life as well, but it was necessary to succeed. You are in a very close quarter environment for long periods of time with the others in said band, and that can cause problems with even the very best of friends. You are also not making much money most of the time so you are financially stressed out a lot, and that can lead to problems in business and home life.

Without your better half also working while you are on the road touring, it is virtually impossible to stay afloat and cover your bills back home. I won’t name names, but I will never fault you for leaving because you can’t afford to tour anymore and need to make more money for your family. Essentially, all of these things, when compounded, can cause division, animosity, and ultimately lead to dissention that causes some people to lose the passion they once had for the profession or band.

There is no secret to success in this industry, you just really have to want it more than anything else that can and will try to get in the way. So my point in all of this is to explain that there is no one to blame, it is what it is, and I hold no hard feelings towards any of my guys who have made the decision to walk away. Everyone has their own reasons, situations, and life experiences that lead them to make the decision to stop touring, playing with a band, or playing music professionally. However, I am not one of them.

No matter what difficulties come into play, I will always persevere. Improvise, adapt, and overcome is all I know. There have been many fill in members of FLAW over the years, and that is okay. There are so many talented musicians out there and I have developed a skill over the years in recognizing people who can write amazing music that I can thrive off of lyrically. This is where we are today.

I am not willing to let someone become a ‘full’ member of this band until they have proven that they can withstand the hardships of this job and life, and have worked on new music or written an album with me. It is not personal, I just have to protect the mission and message of this band with all my will. To the ones who have come and gone, I wish you the best as always.

To the ones who are soon to come, I wish us only luck and success in our new adventures. This band is a team and a family, and I will do my best to make our creations the best they can possibly be, for us and our listeners. To the Flaw Family and all our fans, I will stay true to the message in my lyrics, as I have for the past 2 decades, and will never give up. FLAW will always persevere because of you, and because the message is true, positive, and needs to be heard.

No guitar player, or bass player, or drummer alone has ever made FLAW what it is today. It has always been a cohesive group of musicians working together on the same page, towards the same goal, regardless of the specific individual. It has and always will be a positive message, mixed with passion and talent, coupled with raw emotion, delivered in the most profound musical manner possible.

That being said, we are currently writing a new album that will be released somewhere around June of next year on Pavement Entertainment/Sony-Red. After that I am also putting out another solo record which I am very excited about. In closing, I wish to express my extreme gratitude to all our fans who have made this possible, and to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey for over the past 20 years, over 12 different members.

You know who you are, and you will always be a part of the FLAW story, development, and legacy. The journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store….. See you all very soon on tour, we are booked solid all the way through March of 2018 and not slowing down after that! -Only The Strong Survive!!!

–C.Volz 11/08/17″

[via The PRP]

Marilyn Manson Fires Bassist Twiggy Ramirez Following Rape Accusation

Marilyn Manson has fired his bassist Jeordie “Twiggy Ramirez” White following a rape accusations from Jessicka Addams (Jack Off Jill), who recently opened up about her abusive relationship with White. Manson commented:

“I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well.”

UPDATE: White has now commented as well:

“I wish to spend this time with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. i will be taking a leave of absence from marilyn manson and regrettably will not be performing on the upcoming tour.”

Brian “Mitts” Daniels Exits Madball

Guitarist Brian “Mitts” Daniels has exited Madball. You can read a statement from the band and Daniels below.

“Below is a statement from our brother Mitts. We would like to add: It was a very hard and heartbreaking decision, for all involved. I want to thank Mitts for all his years of service – for his loyalty, passion and stellar guitar playing. He shared the stage with us for 16 years, which is longer than any other guitarist.

We shared some very special moments together in those years, both on and off stage. We had many good times, sad times, bad and funny moments. As is the case with Family. He will go into our own personal “hall of fame” of class acts that have been part of the MB family – wish you nothing but the best… Love ya Mitty!

As for MB’s future plans – We will be updating you from the studio, the writing process is in full swing. Europe- we will see you in November! Much Respect… MB..HC lives”

“It is with very heavy emotion that I would like to announce that my time with Madball has come to and end. Over the past 16+ years with this band, I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill almost every dream that a musician could ever have. I’ve gotten to travel the globe, made 4 LP’s, 3 EP’s, shared stages with heroes of my childhood. The friendships I’ve made with all of you, from here and around the world, are priceless. Most importantly, I would like to thank my bandmates, Freddy, Hoya, Mike, as well as past members Matt, Rigg, Ben, Mackie, Raj. It’s truly been an honor to share the stage with you all.

With regards to reasons why, I ask that you respect our privacy. The only thing anyone needs to know is that we all still remain on great terms. I have always, and will forever consider these guys my brothers, and I wish them all the best going forward from here. I have no doubt that they will continue to crush it for many years to come. Look out for “For The Cause” in 2018!!

As for my future, I am by NO means retiring, or hanging up my guitar. I’ve been playing music since I was 10 years old, and I have no intentions on stopping. As well as playing, I will continue to produce bands, something that I’m very passionate about. For every bit of sadness I have from closing the Madball chapter of my life, I am also very excited and looking forward to new ventures and opportunities in music. See you all soon!!

Brian “Mitts” Daniels“

Zak Kessler Announces His Departure From Old Wounds

Guitarist Zak Kessler has announced that he is exiting Old Wounds. His departure stems from the band’s decision to play shows with Tourniquet.

Kessler said the following:

“The subject of abuse and assault is not something that should be taken lightly. When a problematic and abusive person is outed by multiple women, it cannot be ignored. I’m speaking directly about Tourniquet and Tyler Burns. This was intentionally kept quiet and I’m not going to let that happen anymore. If you support Tourniquet then please remove yourself from my life.

Hundreds of women live through what Alex Andra and multiple others have lived through everyday, and they are always met with opposition. People would rather condemn a woman for being crazy or mentally unstable than believe that a man in this community is capable of such things. Standing up for marginalized people doesn’t come to a limit, nor does standing up for what you believe in.

I will forever side with women, survivors, and fellow queer identifying people. I will never be complicit in abuse apology. I will never will be complicit with misogyny. With all of this being said, Old Wounds and Good Fight have decided to continue on without me.

There are no founding members left in Old Wounds. I’m not playing anymore shows, I’m not playing on any new recordings. And I’m not fucking sorry for standing up for what I believe is right. Nobody will ever keep me quiet.”

Hollywood Undead Officially Confirm That They Have Parted Ways With Da Kurlzz

Hollywood Undead have officially confirmed that they have parted ways with Matthew “Da Kurlzz” Busek, who was in the band since 2005. The group commented:

“Matty and Hollywood Undead have decided that we are parting ways amicably. Matty decided he would like to pursue his own interests and we are supportive of that. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

Fleshgod Apocalypse Part Ways With Tommaso Riccardi

Fleshgod Apocalypse have parted ways with vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi. The split came about due to “personal reasons.”

The band commented:

“Hello friends,

there’s no easy way to say this, so we’ll go straight to the point:

about a couple of months ago, our singer Tommaso left the band for personal reasons. Our separation wasn’t painless, but everybody thought this was the best solution.

Therefore we sat down and tried to figure out all possible scenarios for a band that suddenly loses its frontman. The will to go on and continue this journey was stronger than everything else.

Since the message of Fleshgod Apocalypse goes beyond music itself, we couldn’t let someone who wasn’t there since the beginning be its spokesman. So the only way to go on was to take a look back at our roots: we decided that Francesco Paoli, our drummer, songwriter, founder and first frontman of the band, was the natural choice for this delicate and also challenging position.

Our mastermind has finally taken back his originary role as lead vocalist and guitarist.

From now on, besides our precious soprano singer Veronica Bordacchini, we’ll have the honour to share the stage with the Italian metal legend David Folchitto (Stormlord, Prophilax) on drums together with the phenomenal Fabio Bartoletti (Deceptionist) on lead guitar. Fleshgod Apocalypse are more focused and determined than ever.

Expect new epic live experiences and, most likely, the darkest and heaviest Fleshgod Apocalypse album that we’ve ever written. We can’t wait to start this new, exciting chapter of our career.

Our friends in South America will be the first ones to witness the new course of the band, with Francesco as our frontman. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Fleshgod Apocalypse“