The Absence Part Ways With Bassist Mike Leon

The Absence have parted ways with Mike Leon. The bassist issued the following statement:

“My departure from The Absence is anything but amicable. To be perfectly honest I’m probably better off not wasting my time on a sinking ship. I’ve invested countless hours, money, and time away from my loved ones trying to work towards what I thought was a common goal with The Absence, but as it turns out I was wrong to think anyone in that band was on the same page. I’m going to continue to focus on my work with Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, streaming on Twitch, and other upcoming music projects.”

Josh Woodard Exits A Day To Remember Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Josh Woodard has announced his departure from A Day To Remember. The bassist exited the group after past sexual misconduct allegations recently resurfaced.

Woodard issued the following statement:

“In the summer of 2020, I released a statement addressing false allegations that were made against me online. At the time, with the pandemic and my daughter on the way, I personally decided to pause legal proceedings against the accuser once the post was removed.

These accusations have unfortunately resurfaced within the last few days, and I must act accordingly. It is not fair to my bandmates and brothers to be attached to or targeted because of any of this, so I have made the decision to step down from my position in the band as of today. I will be leaving tour to be with my family and continue to defend my innocence in these matters.

I know who I am and who I am not. I admit, wholeheartedly, that I am not a perfect person and I have made mistakes in life. I strive every day I am given to be a better person, husband, father, bandmate, and friend.

I appreciate those who have supported me and defended my name against the lies being spread, and I am sorry to those who have been negatively affected by them. This decision is the furthest thing from what I want, but it is unfortunately what is best. Being a member of ADTR has been the greatest honor and I am so thankful for the past 18 years.”

Cancer Bats Part Ways With Guitarist Scott Middleton

Cancer Bats have parted ways with guitarist Scott Middleton. As a result, all of the band’s remaining 2021 shows have been postponed.

Middleton issued the following statement:

“AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION AND AN AMAZING 17 YEARS TOGETHER, I’VE DECIDED THAT I WILL BE PARTING WAYS WITH CANCER BATS.

I LOOK BACK ON ALL THE RECORDS WE MADE, THE COUNTLESS TOURS & SHOWS, THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE ACHIEVED TOGETHER, AND MEMORIES WE’VE SHARED, WITH IMMENSE PRIDE AND GRATITUDE. I HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR MIKE, JAYE AND LIAM AND WISH THEM ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTURE.

I ALSO WISH TO EXTEND A MASSIVE THANKS TO ALL THE CREW & BANDS WE HIT THE ROAD WITH, THE AMAZING PR TEAMS, LABELS, AGENTS, MANGERS, PRODUCERS, VENUES, ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND JOURNALISTS WE EVER WORKED WITH; AND OF COURSE, ALL THE INCREDIBLE FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF CB WORLDWIDE, WITHOUT WHOM, OUR CAREER AND SUCCESS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.

AFTER RECENT LIFE EVENTS, NOW, MORE THAN EVER IT FEELS THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ME TO PRIORITIZE MY FAMILY, PERSONAL GROWTH/HEALTH, AND FOCUS MY MUSIC CAREER TOWARD HELPING OTHER BANDS AND ARTISTS THROUGH MY EXPERIENCE AND PASSION FOR PRODUCING, MASTERING, AND MIXING.

I AM CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING MY OWN RECORDING STUDIO EAST OF TORONTO, ON THE BAY OF QUINTE, IN THE BELLEVILLE/PEC REGION, WHICH WILL BE
READY IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO.

PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO GET IN TOUCH.

SINCERELY,

SCOTT MIDDLETON”

Cancer Bats also commented:

“We wish Scott all the best in his future endeavours.

This is by no means the end of Cancer Bats.

The 3 of us will continue on this sonic path of destruction, heading into the studio soon to start tracking CB7

Due to Scotts departure, we are going to be postponing all shows for the rest of the year.

Thank you for your understanding and we can wait to see you all next year!!!!

Thanks to Scott for being our Brother in Metal the last 17 years.

Many hails to Scoeb the Mayor 🤘

ALL DATES POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
OCTOBER

8 – MISSISSAUGA – THE REC ROOM
9 – SUDBURY – THE TOWNHOUSE
10 – SUDBURY – THE TOWNHOUSE
14 – PETERBROUGH – THE RED DOG
16 – OTTAWA – CLUB SAW

*date cancelled- please contact Spectrasonic for refunds

DECEMBER

9 – BARRIE ON – THE QUEENS
10 – GUELPH – ONYX
11 – ST CATHERINES – THE WAREHOUSE

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES”

DevilDriver Part Ways With Guitarist Neal Tiemann

DevilDriver have parted ways with guitarist Neal Tiemann. Frontman Dez Fafara issued the following statement:

“It’s at this time we are announcing the parting of ways with Neal . Neal filled in a time when we needed him most , we thank him for his touring & song writing efforts in DevilDriver….it was an honor to have jammed with him . Adios Amigo good luck in whatever you do”

Anders Iwers Issues New Statement Regarding His Departure From Dark Tranquillity

As previously reported, Dark Tranquillity recently parted ways with drummer Anders Jivarp and bassist Anders Iwers. Now, Iwers has issued a new statement regarding his departure from the band.

Iwers said the following:

“Hello friends. I took some time off from social media after my decision to leave the band was made public. In light of recent social media activities I think I may need to address this matter a little.

I was not fired from DT. I quit before the summer, but we decided to wait a bit until we posted it officially.

My decision to leave Dark Tranquillity after six years was not made in haste, or in affect.

These last 18 months or so during the pandemic was rather hard for me, on many levels, and it made me think and reflect really hard on my place in life, and who I really am. I came to the conclusion that who I am is not decided by how many people I get to play in front of. And it is not decided by what or with who I play.

I will always play. Music is not a choice for me.

I have known and loved the DT-guys for over 30 years and they are family to me. Yes, we had our differences, musically and personally. Doesn’t matter, people are different. I consider them brothers in all but blood. This of course includes Anders Jivarp, who was still in the band when I left. Most of our crew I have known for over ten years. Also family who I would take a bullet for.

To make it very easy to understand, I was done. In my soul, I did not have the urge anymore. Seeing the touring plans made me realize that I don’t want to be away from my family for that long anymore. So when that became clear to me, the decision was easy. And very hard. But inside, I know I made the right call. Though I don’t regret a single moment spent with DT.

I will continue to support them. Always.”

Scott Gorham Issues New Statement Regarding His Departure From Black Star Riders

Scott Gorham has issued a new statement regarding his departure from Black Star Riders. The guitarist left the group to focus on Thin Lizzy.

Gorham said the following:

“As you all are now aware, I have decided to leave Black Star Riders to concentrate on putting Thin Lizzy on the road again next year (which will include Ricky Warwick). Leaving a close-knit working environment, shared with good friends over 8 years is never easy, but I felt that the time was right, especially knowing that Ricky and the band and how great they are, would be in no danger at all to carry on without me. I am certain that they will build on past successes and I look forward to listening to their new album.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of our fans for your fantastic support over the years, we always had a blast touring and being able to shake hands with so many of you in person. Thank you also to all the well-wishers who have posted such great comments on the web – it was very much appreciated. There has been some speculation regarding the state of my health, so I’d like to let you all know that I am very well, having had the 2 covid jabs and getting my flu shot tomorrow and trying to improve my game of golf, which has gone south recently… unfortunately.

Regarding Thin Lizzy concerts in 2022 – this is currently in the planning stages and I will make sure to let you know of our progress regarding line-ups and dates.

Once again, I miss you all and thank you all and hopefully see you all very soon.

Alright then… who’s buying?!”

Black Star Riders Sign With Earache Records, Part Ways With Scott Gorham

Black Star Riders have signed a new deal with Earache Records. With this news, the band have also confirmed that they have parted ways with guitarist Scott Gorham.

Here’s an official press release:

“US-based hard rock group BLACK STAR RIDERS have signed a multi-album Worldwide recording deal with the long running British independent label Earache Records.

BLACK STAR RIDERS were formed by members of legendary Irish rock group THIN LIZZY in 2013 and have released four albums on the Nuclear Blast label in their eight years in existence and toured the World as both headliners and special guests to some of the most prominent names in rock. The band have since become a pillar in the modern rock landscape in their own right, owing to their Herculean stage presence and meticulous attention to detail in carving out their own identity within the depths of their jagged-edged anthems, epic ballads and Celtic-infused rockers.

With their commitments to Nuclear Blast complete, BLACK STAR RIDERS have inked a long-term Worldwide recording deal with Earache Records, the label responsible for putting extreme metal on the map in the ’80s and ’90s, and in more recent times helping to build the careers of modern rock acts such as RIVAL SONS and THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.

BLACK STAR RIDERS front man Ricky Warwick comments: ‘We are extremely pleased to announce our new deal with Earache records. We had an amazing 8 years with Nuclear Blast and I want to thank everyone there for their commitment and dedication during this time but it was time to part ways and Earache have well and truly stepped up to the plate! We can’t wait to start the new relationship with the great team there.’

BLACK STAR RIDERS are due to enter the studio in LA on October 14th with long-term producer Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP & ANTHRAX) to begin recording the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Another State of Grace’. The band have a host of UK Top 30 albums, including the UK #6 album ‘Heavy Fire’, which featured a BBC Radio 2 single of the week and also won Best British Album at Planet Rock Radio’s The Rocks awards.

The new album will feature a different lineup from the band’s previous releases, due to founder and lead guitarist Scott Gorham’s decision to step down from all recording and touring commitments with the band.

Ricky Warwick adds ‘We are very sorry to see Scott go but we discussed a very heavy World touring commitment on the new record and Scott decided he wanted to concentrate just on Thin Lizzy – and being the legend he is none of us can blame him. We all wish him the best and he will be looking to put Thin Lizzy back out on the road from 2022 onwards with a busy schedule, so he won’t be missing me too much!’

The band have announced LA Drummer Zak St. John will be joining them to record the new album.

BSR Bass Player Robert Crane ‘We have known Zak a while from the LA session scene and I know he will blow everyone away when you see and hear him’

The band are not looking to replace Scott Gorham and will remain a four piece going forwards with Ricky handling a lot of the guitar parts alongside Christian Martucci, who joined the band after album number three in 2018.

BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release, their yet untitled fifth album, in early 2023 and dates are booked to start within a couple of weeks of release.

Christian Martucci comments ‘We have decided to let the abundance of rescheduled shows in 2022 blow over so we can come back in full force in 2023 without any distractions. We can’t wait to see all our fans and followers again after what seems like an eternity off the road and we appreciate no end their continued support and loyalty to BSR.’”

Bassist Aaron “Bubble” Patrick Exits All That Remains

Aaron “Bubble” Patrick has officially exited All That Remains. The bassist issued the following statement:

“After 8 years of touring the world together, All That Remains and I have decided to part ways amicably. I wish nothing but continued success for all of them. Got support the band for the ‘Fall Of Ideals‘ anniversary tour, coming in 2022.”

Guitarist Connor Sweeney Exits Loathe

Loathe have parted ways with guitarist Connor Sweeney. A replacement has yet to be announced.

Loathe commented:

“Loathe regretfully announce the departure of Connor Sweeney.

We would like to thank Connor for his contributions and commitment to Loathe over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

The remaining tour dates with While She Sleeps will continue as planned. Thank you for your continued support.”

Sweeney added:

“Hello internet. Today I can’t believe I’m saying this, but with the largest stone in my throat and a leaden heart, I’ve decided to part ways with Loathe. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me in this band and in music as it means everything to me. Without music i wouldn’t be alive. Seriously.

I am not dead musically as I have something I’m working on, that I will be putting what’s left of my heart and soul into after what has been a harrowing ordeal this past year.

I thought some things might have changed with time within the band but unfortunately in this case things continued to stay the same. So as to preserve my own well being and mental health I have decided to leave.

Thank you to all who have ever been there in any and every way, It really really does mean more than I could ever describe. I WILL be back with new music and hopefully playing shows again once all is ready.

A massive thank you to Ryan Richards for being the greatest manager and making my personal dreams a reality.

Another massive thank you to Zack McAdam, Lewis Chalmers and Josh Singh for always being such amazing people and crew to work with.

Thank you for reading.

Connor“

Nick Hipa Officially Announces His Departure From As I Lay Dying: “The Story And Meaning We Built Our Reunion Upon Decayed Considerably Over Time”

Nick Hipa has officially announced his departure from As I Lay Dying. The guitarist says he “left because the story and meaning [they] built [their] reunion upon decayed considerably over time.”

Here’s Hipa’s full statement:

“I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity. My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects. Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.

At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.

Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of. This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music. However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.

The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.

I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.

I’ll still be around.

Love to all,

Nick Hipa“