I Am Morbid (Ex-Morbid Angel, Etc.) Part Ways With Ira Black, Announce New Guitarist

I Am Morbid (ex-Morbid Angel, etc.) have parted ways with guitarist Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.). Kelly McLauchlin (Pessimist, ex-Possessed) will be taking his place in the group.

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Drummer Gil Sharone Exits Marilyn Manson’s Band

Drummer Gil Sharone has announced his departure from Marilyn Manson‘s band. He said the following:

“After five amazing years playing drums for @marilynmanson, I’ve decided to leave the band. It’s been one of the highlights of my career but it’s time for me to pursue other current and future projects. Much love to @marilynmanson and the homies I shared the stage with; @jeordie @tylerbatesofficial @paulwileymm @j_alderete and to the fans. It’s been a blast.”

Limbs Announce New Vocalist, Premiere New Song “Abandoned”

Limbs have welcomed Austin McAuley to the band as their new vocalist. He is replacing Chris Costanza, who left the group to focus on family. With this news, the band have also premiered a new song titled “Abandoned.“

Limbs issued the following statement:

“Change is weird and it can be painful sometimes but with change comes growth. Chris will be stepping down as our vocalist. He has chosen to fully focus on his daughter/family and life at home. We absolutely support this decision and are excited for what’s in store for him.

This has been in the works for a bit now and we’re stoked to finally share it with you guys. On that note, we’d like to welcome Austin McAuley as our new frontman. This dude is amazing and beyond talented and we’re so thankful to be able to add him to the family. This may be a bit of a shock for some people but trust us, this is only a growth spurt. We’ll see y’all soon.”

McAuley also commented:

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and am very excited for everything in the future. Joining Limbs really has pushed me musically, and creating these new jams has me so hyped. Stepping into this new role has definitely been challenging in some aspects, but it’s given me the privilege to join my closest friends on stage every night, as well as further develop the standards in our writing. I believe this new music heavily reflects our movement forward, and quite frankly I’m ready to release more.”

Guitarist Jordan Hunter added:

“Austin‘s arrival definitely affected the dynamic of the band, but in a fantastic way. We’ve really taken a new approach to writing songs collectively, and Austin coming into the picture was a direct cause of that. He was already close with the band prior to his induction, so the camaraderie has been second-nature while on the road and in the studio. He’s a terrific fit.”

The song [‘Abandoned‘] is quite literally a narrative of struggling to accept one’s own flaws. It represents the rejecting of negative emotions, coupled with a perpetual need for self-preservation. We wrote this song differently than any song we’ve ever written before – all together in a room from start to finish.

We’ve definitely adopted a more collective-based style of writing as opposed to having one person write most things primarily. No part of this song was written during the crafting of the ‘Father’s Son‘ LP.”

[via Metal Injection]

John Jarvis Exits Pig Destroyer

John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Scour, etc.) has confirmed to MetalSucks that he is no longer a member of Pig Destroyer. The band have yet to make an official announcement, but it appears that Travis Stone (Lody Kong, ex-Noisem) is taking his place. This news comes just after the band released a new a song titled “Cameraman” as part of Adult Swim’s singles series.

Slipknot Part Ways With Chris Fehn

Slipknot have parted ways with Chris Fehn. This news comes after the percussionist filed a suit against his bandmates, specifically frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, due to an income dispute. The group issued the following statement:

“Slipknot‘s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life. Long live the Knot.”

Bassist Ox To Exit Lordi

Bassist Ox has announced that he will be exiting Lordi after the summer festival season. He decided to leave after feeling a “very strong urge to do something else in music.”

The band commented:

“Dear LORDI fans,

This is a very sad day in the history of the band. Our long term bandmember and close friend OX has decided to leave the band after the summer festivals 2019. OX, all the best for your future and thanks for the fantastic time we had all together.”

Ox added:

“It has come the day that I have to tell you that I will be leaving Lordi. There is no drama, no major issues or anything like that. I just feel very strong urge to do something else in music and to be available for other musical journeys, what ever those will be. I will do the summer festivals with Lordi and after that it’s time for the new guy to take it from there. I wanna thank the band and especially the best fans on this planet, for these 13 years and the greatest ride of my life. I love you all from the pound of my heart and I hope to see you again somewhere sometime.❤”

Scar Symmetry Part Ways With Bassist Andreas Holma

Scar Symmetry have parted ways with Andreas Holma. The bassist’s departure was related to scheduling conflicts.

Guitarist Per Nilsson commented:

“It is with disappointment and a sense of disbelief that we announce the departure of Andreas Holma from Scar Symmetry just weeks before our tour of Finland, Japan and the Baltic Sea. Andreas recently informed us that he couldn’t take part in these shows due to a scheduling conflict with another band that he’s playing with, even though the Scar Symmetry shows (that he agreed to do!) have been planned for several months and he’s had ample time to notify us about the situation.

With this short notice, it’s impossible for us to a secure a Japanese visa in time for a replacement bass player, as well as finding someone good enough to learn all the music and rehearse in just a few weeks. Also, since the flight tickets are non-refundable, we’d be forced to shell out for new ones.

Cancelling with just a few weeks notice without a very good reason is completely unacceptable to me, it puts the tour in jeopardy and makes the band look bad, and as a consequence Andreas is no longer a member of Scar Symmetry. For our upcoming shows we won’t have a bass player, instead we will use a pre-recorded bass performance (by me) on backing tracks. It might not be optimal but it’ll sound really good and we’ll have a little bit of extra space on stage 🙂

As for a permanent replacement, we have a few people we’re gonna talk to but since we don’t have any shows beyond this tour booked we aren’t in a big hurry.

Even in our upset and disappointment, we still want to thank Andreas for the good times we had and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

Thank you everyone for your support and understanding, hope to see you soon in Helsinki, Tampere, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo or on the Close-Up Cruise in the Baltic Sea!

Per“

Holma also issued his own statement:

“A letter of resignation

Due to time restraints I have decided to resign from my position as bass player in Scar Symmetry.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank; Per, Henrik, Roberth, Lars and Benjamin for three amazing years. I’m very proud and happy to have played in this very musically gifted sextet and I wish you guys all the best on your future musical ventures. Furthermore, I’d also like to thank all of you Scar Symmetry fans around the world for all the love and support that you give. ❤️

Moving forward, I appreciate all of you for your continuing support for my band, “The ROAD “ – Thank you / A.H.”