Guitarist Merel Bechtold Exits Delain

Merel Bechtold has announced her departure from Delain. The guitarist’s final performance with the band will take place on June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium,

The band commented:

“Dear Delainers,

Today we are sharing the news with you that Merel has decided to leave Delain and focus on different musical ambitions. Merel’s performance with us at Graspop will be her last show as a permanent band member of Delain. We are aware this is very short notice, and this we regret for those of you who wanted to catch a last show with her as a part of the team. However, this is a friendly departure, and we are respecting Merel’s wishes in doing so. We had an amazing ride sharing the stage with this fireball and we are excited to see the results of her new
endeavours.”

Bechtold added:

“Dear all, I am sorry to inform you that on Graspop I will play my last show with Delain. After almost five amazing years the time has come for me to focus on my own dreams. Because of my previous band commitments my attention diverged from my own music and the path I want to follow, and I feel I need to give myself the time and opportunity to explore my musical ambitions. This is probably the hardest decision of my life, but in the end it’s important to follow your heart and be happy. I want to thank my bandmates and crew, I will miss you dearly! Also huge thanks to all the amazing people I’ve met on the road. And most importantly I want to thank YOU for all those amazing and warm memories! It’s been a pleasure.”

The group continued:

“Although we will miss Merel on the road with us, we realise that our busy schedules require loads of time and commitment, and we understand and respect her decision to focus on her own path. We will continue performing live as a five-piece as before, and look forward to finishing the work for our upcoming studio album, the upcoming festival season, our US tour with Amorphis and Anneke van Giersbergen and our European Masters Of Destiny Tour. We hope to see you all soon! Thank you Merel, we wish you nothing but the best!”

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Adema Reportedly Part Ways With Frontman Mark Chavez

It looks like Adema may have parted ways with frontman Mark Chavez once again. They recently shared a message on social media teasing the release of new music and a “major package tour,” which will reportedly feature Powerman 5000 and (hed)p.e. However, Chavez wasn’t mentioned in the post and he has since been removed from the about section on the band’s Facebook page. Ryan Shuck (Julien-K, ex-Orgy) is rumored to be taking his place.

Adema said the following:

“Hello ADEMA family, friends, and fans!! We can see you noticed some exciting new stuff we started posting late last night (at midnight!!?? Do you guys sleep????). Here’s what we can tell you now: YES, we are hitting North America this summer on a major package tour with some other GREAT bands – all good friends of ours and bands we know you love!

We can see the excitement and speculation in the comments regarding the new photo we posted – and yes, we have some really exciting news to announce very soon – and trust us you will be stoked and super surprised in a GREAT way! We suspect that this news is going to break the internet. Yes, we have plans to release some new music – more on that later.

YES, we will have VIP hangouts available for sale very soon – and YES we will be playing all the songs you LOVE every night.. you will be hearing from us again soon! We love you!

David DeRoo, Mike Ransom, Kris Kohls, and Tim Fluckey“

The following dates have apparently leaked for the rumored Powerman 5000, (hed)p.e., and Adema tour:

10/20 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
10/28 Laconia, NH – Granite State Music Hall
10/30 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/03 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina & Rocking Sushi Bar
11/09 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

Burning Witches Part Ways With Seraina Telli, Recruit Shadowrise Singer Laura Guldemond

Burning Witches have parted ways with vocalist Seraina Telli. Taking her place in the group will be Shadowrise singer Laura Guldemond.

The band shared the below statements:

Enchantress Laura joins forces with the BURNING WITCHES coven!

The sad news has already been around the globe, Seraina has left the BURNING WITCHES.

Sometimes there are things beyond our control that you don`t see coming and are very disturbing. Nevertheless the band will move on with all upcoming concerts and is working on album no3 already.

We have had some very difficult weeks, so in these times of sadness and confusion, we are delighted to welcome our new WITCH Laura from the Netherlands into our circle.

We also have the good news that we have decided to give the fans a special teaser and appreciation in the shape of a new song that we will release this week to debut Laura!

Please read the following statements from the band and wish Seraina good luck for her future.

Seraina states about her departure:

“Dear friends, for personal reasons and after much deliberation I’ve decided to fully dedicate myself to my band DEAD VENUS and to leave the band BURNING WITCHES.”

“For the last four years I have had an incredible journey but I feel now that is the time to explore the challenge my own project is offering me.”

“I would like to thank my family, friends and of course the fans for the incredible support. I also thank the band, the label and the management for all their help.

There are a lot of beautiful experiences I’ll keep with me forever.”

“My debut album of DEAD VENUS titled Bird of Paradise will be released later this year. So my life remains exciting!”

“I wish the WITCHES all the best and good luck for the future!”

Bandleader Romana is emotional about all the changes:

“This is of course a very sad moment for all of us. We have been very close for the last years and have reached a lot together. With great sadness we have to accept that Seriana wants to move on and we wish her the best of luck for that! Your time with the WITCHES will never be forgotten!”

“For us as a band it is important now to look into the new challenges and the new record – the show must go on!

Yes we are super thrilled that we have found Laura so quick over our Dutch connection Sonia. We know it is impossible to replace a great voice in exact the same way, that is why Laura is the perfect choice for us. She will bring in her own strength and personality into the WITCHES! We will not change the identity of the band, we will continue playing the music we love!”

“Laura is an experienced & crisp vocalist with a big range and a crazy enough personality to be one of US! Please give her a warm welcome – she has already won many metalhearts at our first show with her at the Sweden Rock festival! We will continue to spread the magic of the witches – thanks for all the support over the years!”

The new WITCH Laura welcomes the fans:

“Dear Burning Witches fans of the world, I am really excited and know I have big shoes to fill! I want to thank you that you give me this opportunity and the Burning Witches for their trust and the warm welcome they gave me into their sisterhood!”

“Being able to play the music I love, with great people, perform at those amazing shows & festivals and being supported by a fantastic team is a dream that came true for me. I can`t really wish for more!”

“We are working our asses off at the moment to bring the magic to you all! Keep the fire burning! See you soon on the road & thanks for the support!”

Please stay tuned for the brandnew song this week – the WITCHES will never give up – READY TO FIGHT!

Bassist Damon McKinnon Exits Twelve Foot Ninja

Twelve Foot Ninja have parted ways with bassist Damon McKinnon. You can find a farewell video and statements from McKinnon and the band below:

McKinnon’s statement:

“Hey Guys & Gals, Damon here! I just wanted to let you all know that, it’s with a heavy heart, I will be leaving Twelve Foot Ninja. It’s been quite the journey over the past decade building this band up from the ground to where it is today.

I still remember our first gigs, I had hair!…. and muscles! and I still remember the half smile half shocked look on our manager Dave’s face as we came off stage… as if to say ‘that was ahhh a promising start dudes…….what the hell have I gotten myself into’. He must have a few screws loose because he is still around to this day. Good onya Dave 😉

Those of you who have ever attended a show know how much I bloody enjoyed playing for you guys and being on stage. It was usually obvious by the stupid grin I would sport on my face! I truly hope those experiences we shared made you as happy as they made me 🙂

A big shoutout/thanks to all the industry peeps behind the scenes that supported the band/me, you know who you are and a special thanks to our crew Dylsy, Luke and Tys (the A team) you’re true professionals and made the journey all that more enjoyable. Also a big thanks to my wife Erica for helping me follow this dream.

I wish Kin, Ro, Stevic and Russ all the best, they are without doubt the most talented group of musicians I know and they deserve to reach the highest of heights.

– Big love! D”

Twelve Foot Ninja’s statement:

“After 10+ years of dedication, and hundreds of shows, we will miss Damon ‘Scrimdog’ McKinnon. Damon has been ninja’s bassist and tour bus in-mate since our foray into the live circuit in 2008. You can’t share as many life experiences together as we have without feeling the pang of departure. A shot of jamo to him for his mate-ship, his ‘pun-gun-on-stun’ dad jokes and we wish him all the best.

– Kin, Ro, Russ, Stevic“

Bassist Matt Deis Exits CKY

Bassist Matt Deis has announced his departure from CKY. He said the following:

“Thank you to Cig, Jess, all of our hardworking crew & management, and the entire CKY Alliance for having me back these past two years. I’m stepping aside to focus on myself and my family so that CKY can continue their dominant return with nothing holding it back. Im so proud of everything that’s been accomplished and I can’t wait to see what’s to come. Be sure to catch them in Europe this July and August while tickets are still available.”

Norma Jean Part Ways With Guitarist Jeff Hickey

Norma Jean have parted ways with guitarist Jeff Hickey. You can find a statement from the band regarding that below. As previously reported, the group are also planning to release a new album later this year.

Here’s the band’s statement:

“Anyone who has followed Norma Jean over the years knows we don’t talk much about the inner workings of our band. We come together as friends to make music, but we have individual lives and reasons for making it. We like our music to speak for itself with its own voice. So making this post is difficult, but we feel like it’s necessary to help someone we care deeply about.

We are heartbroken to announce that we have parted ways with our long time guitarist, Jeff Hickey. Jeff is an incredible musician, but more importantly he is a brother to us – and right now, we need to be his brothers before his bandmates.

Over the past several years, we have worked with Jeff to find help for complex and debilitating alcohol addiction that has plagued him, and by proxy, his circle of loved ones. We are in close contact with his family, and we have involved professionals across spectrums of rehabilitation and counseling from the start.

We are aware that this is a very sensitive issue and every bit of advice we’ve received has led us to this course of action.

We’ve heard so many stories from some of you about how our music has helped you through difficult times, and we want Jeff to know that he has that same support from the NJ community during this phase of his life.

In no way do we want to shame Jeff. He has bravely weathered many storms in his life, and we know the path to sobriety is not an easy one. This is not an issue we are taking lightly. There is no one we would rather have on stage with us and that is exactly the reason we feel we must make this announcement.

The world of addiction swallows up its victims. The darkness can become terminal. Though losing our guitarist is unfortunate for Norma Jean, as individuals we are far more worried we will lose our brother.

We will continue to support Jeff in every effort toward sobriety and his personal health. We will work with him in every way he will allow us, but we know this path is one he must choose to walk himself. We hope and pray for the best things for him and his future.”

[via The PRP]

Rotting Christ Part Ways With Bassist Vagelis Karzis

Rotting Christ have parted ways with bassist Vagelis Karzis. The band commented:

“Dear ROTTING CHRIST‘s friends around,we would like to anounce that our 6 last years bass player Vangelis part ways with our band in a really friendly and comprehensible way. We would like to thank him for his true dedication and proffesionalism all those years and we are whising him the best with what he is doing with his current band Full House B.C. Our more than 30 years trip into our precious scene going on and on…untill the end! See you in one of our forthcoming battles this year!”