Texas Hippie Coalition Part Ways With John Exall

Texas Hippie Coalition have parted ways with bassist John Exall. His departure comes as a result of “professional differences.”

The group said the following:

“Due to professional differences, the band THC has decided to part ways with bassist John Exall. We know our fans are hurt by this, and the pain the band feels from parting ways with their brother is equally as hurtful. Texas Hippie Coalition wishes John Exall Oliver the best of luck in the tomorrow that awaits us all.”

Exall also commented:

“As of today, I am no longer in THC. I was let go. Thank you to everyone who has supported me all of these years. You are all very much appreciated and I will be forever grateful to all of you. Hopefully I’ll see you all down the road….”

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Chris Hornbrook Exits Senses Fail

Drummer Chris Hornbrook has exited Senses Fail. He issued the following statement:

“So after close to three and a half years of working with Senses Fail my time has came to move on with the next chapter in my life. I’m very grateful for the time spent with band and crew traveling the world and playing music. I’ve gain a lot of insight touring with SF that I’ve realized recently reflecting back is pretty paramount. Anyway, I want to thank Buddy and company for everything and wish them the best of luck with finding a new drummer. I’m sure whomever they get will kick ass. ❤️”

Former Sodom Guitarist & Drummer Say They Were Fired Via WhatsApp

It was previously revealed that sole remaining original Sodom member, Thomas “Angelripper” Such had parted ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. Now, Bernemann and Makka have issued their own statement regarding the split, in which they say they were fired via WhatsApp.

Bernemann and Makka said the following:

Sodom break up!

Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

After its overwhelming reactions we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to “Decision Day” and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately Tom did not share our enthusiasm, he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

Of course it is not easy for us to leave Sodom – the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love – together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

Within our hearts we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.

…And now a few words to you. Words from musicians to their friends and families. Since we have already received tons of nice and encouraging words from all of you we want to take the opportunity to say thank you to each one of you.

Everybody who saw us during the past couple of years also saw that we were 100% into what we were doing and that our behaviour had always been as authentic as your reactions had been genuine and filled with affection. Your feedback throughout all those years and your uplifting words now make us feel proud.

This is all we can ask for – thank you so much!

Bernemann & Makka”

Sodom Parts Ways With Guitarist & Drummer

Sole remaining original Sodom member, Thomas “Angelripper” Such has announced that he has parted ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. A new lineup is expected to be revealed soon, and all shows will go on as planned.

Angelripper said the following:

“After much thought and reflection I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges. Sodom have always lived off the commitment and passion of everybody involved. Makka was part of the band for almost eight years, Bernemann even for more than twenty. To obviate a possible routine setting in which would make it impossible to continue our creative work optimally, I would like to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians. At the same time I would like to say thank you to Bernemann and Makka for many successful years in which we performed fantastic shows and released a number of real metal manifestos.”

He also added the following about whether he wants to continue as a trio or a quartet:

“I haven’t really made up my mind in this respect, I’m open to all options. I will now install the band’s new foundation pillars and look around for new musicians. One thing is already clear: Sodom will become even stronger!”

Angelripper plans to work on a new album, which will be released through Steamhammer/SPV:

“SPV also look forward to our future collaboration and expect a totally motivated band.”

Tour Dates:

04/07 Karnten, AUT – Full Metal Mountain
06/21-23 Kauhajoki, FIN – Nummirock Festival
06/23 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
07/04-07 Ballenstedt, GER – Rock Harz Open Air
07/14 Gaevle, SWE – Gefle Metal Festival
08/18 Graz, AUT – Metal On The Hill
08/25 Cham, GER – Mosh Club Open Air
08/31 Hamburg, GER – Weltturbojugendtage 2018
10/06 Lichtenfels, GER – Way Of Darkness Festival

Issues Part Ways With Michael Bohn

Unclean vocalist Michael Bohn has exited Issues. The singer’s departure comes as a result of creative differences.

The band said the following:

“To our amazing fans and Hooligans around the world, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of Michael Bohn. We are all aware of how the internet rumor machine tends to spin its web, but the whole truth behind this amicable yet difficult decision to part is that our band is developing musically in a direction that put us at odds with each other creatively. Though sometimes beautiful in its contrast, the bigger picture began to be artistically irreconcilable.

Some of you may know that we as a band are always writing. The past year has been a lot of trial and error with new material, but the demos from these sessions are, in our opinion, undeniable in their potential, and are some of our favorite songs Issues have ever written.

We found that many of the risks we wanted to take were in turn at risk of being “watered down” to make them compatible with everyone’s tastes and abilities. The quality and sincerity of our art is paramount, so we had to do a lot of soul searching to come to a conclusion that was best for all of us, the entity of Issues, and the music.

Just to make things absolutely clear: This was OUR decision as a band. No label or suit b-s. This is NOT a move to become a bubblegum pop act. We’re going to continue to do what we always have done, and write exactly what we want. We will continue to play older material and will delegate screaming parts live. Lastly, we have no current plans of adding core members to Issues.

We love Michael and the experiences we shared in Issues will forever be irreplaceable. We wish him the absolute best with his future endeavors, and he will always have our undying support within his musical career. We believe he will continue to be a voice for the fans, and prosper in his next journey. – Issues, The Band”

Tyler Carter also issued his own statement:

“Michael and I have been a vocal duo since we both got our start in 2008. In no chamber of my heart, did I fathom the idea that we would ever be split up. Issues has been a positive home for both of us together. We’ve had our ups and downs, as brothers do, but we have gained so much knowledge, and life from this band.

I would never change a thing. Though we have a big road ahead of us, and we have no intention of giving up at any point, the biggest hardship in making this decision, is the fear of losing a friend. When you’ve been hand in hand with a musical partner for almost a decade, you can only imagine the heartbreak, anger, sadness, and confusion that you endure after a change like this.

We as a band are on our way to setting up some of our most positive and creative work to date, and though it may feel disheartening, we will not hold back. I love Michael with every fiber of my being, and never wanna see him give up on the industry, I also never wanna see any of our fans give up on him. I know this is going to hit some people hard, but I hope you will focus on the most important part of what Issues has and always will be; the music. – Tyler Carter”

Bohn, himself, also commented:

“Well, here I am typing up a statement I never thought I’d have to type. There’s so much I could say but I’m gonna do my best to keep it short and to the point. First off, I want to make it clear that I did not leave ISSUES. It was brought to my attention that the band wanted to go in a different direction and that they would be moving on without me.

As devastating as this news was and has been these past couple months, I am excited for what the future holds. I am teaming up with Kevin Hanson(ex Woe, Is Me) for my new project. We have been writing for a little over a month and I have no plans on quitting music.

As for the fans, I cannot thank you enough for the love and support. So much respect to every fan around the world. You have made my time in ISSUES a dream come true. I’ve been to places I only dreamed about as a kid and couldn’t even fathom that I’d go.

I have made countless memories in that band that will stay with me forever and learned a lot about life, people, and music. I truly hate that my time has come to an end in ISSUES but I’m going to make the best of it. Sorry we made you guys wait and wonder what’s going on but we wanted to be as professional as possible about this. Here’s to making the most of 2018! Much love, – Michael Bohn“

Devilment Part Ways With Lauren Francis, Welcome Caz Campbell (Ex-Cradle Of Filth) To The Band

Devilment, the band featuring Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth, have parted ways with keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Francis. Taking over for her will be Caz Campbell (ex-Cradle Of Filth).

Francis commented on her departure:

“I apologise if I haven’t replied to some messages. I thought it was better to address everyone together and I didn’t want to do that just before Christmas!

Being a part of Devilment has been a crazy adventure and one which I never could have predicted for myself. As many of you know, I didn’t come from a metal background, so it was a totally new and exciting experience for me. The sense of community within the metal scene is one which I had never really swen before and it’s been very humbling to have been embraced and accepted.

I have read through much of the feedback that we have received on youtube and social media, as well as speaking to fans at gigs about their favourite tracks. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many of you have connected with our music and felt inspired by it.

This year my life has begun taking a different shape and as much as I love the band, I am unable to commit the same level of energy and drive that it demands and deserves. So it is with great sadness that I am announcing my decision to leave Devilment.

I’m so sorry to anyone who feels disappointed by this, but I know that the band will find an amazing replacement and keep creating awesome music. I wanted to thank you all for your unwavering support and enthusiasm for the band and for my part in it.

Lots of love,
Lauren

xx”

Ensiferum Part Ways With Netta Skog, Announce European Tour With Ex Deo

Ensiferum have parted ways with accordionist Netta Skog. She said decided to leave so she could “move on and focus on other things in [her] life.”

The band said the following:

“In life, there are times when you have to take a look in the mirror and be totally honest with yourself and those around you. Those moments usually culminate in big decisions. Today, that moment has arrived for Ensiferum as our dear friend Netta Skog will no longer be a member of Ensiferum.

There is no drama here. Sometimes, time schedules overlap and priorities change meaning they no longer match with the people who you are working with. In these situations, it’s better for everyone to take your separate paths and to move on.

We want to thank Netta for all the great times on the road and in the studio and we wish her all the best on her new journey.”

Skog added:

“I’ve gotten to spend amazing times with great people and I could not be more grateful for what I have experienced. So many great memories with one of the coolest band ever! But unfortunately now it is time for me to move on and focus on other things in my life at the moment and head into new adventures. Thank you all for your great support on the road and I wish nothing but the best for the boys in the band! See you somewhere in the future! Love you all!”

The band then concluded:

“At the moment we are not looking for a replacement and we will inform more about our future plans soon. All confirmed shows will happen as planned and more gigs will be announced soon.”

In other news, Ensiferum have also announced a European tour with Ex Deo:

04/03 Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
04/04 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
04/05 Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
04/06 Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
04/07 Aarhus, Denmark – Royal Metal Festival
04/08 Rostock, Germany – Mau
04/09 Gdynia, Poland – Ucho
04/10 Warsaw, Poland – roxima
04/11 Katowice, Poland – Mega Club
04/12 Wroclaw, Poland – Zaklete Rewiry
04/13 Zlin, Czech Republic – Masters Of Rock Cafe
04/14 Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
04/15 Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
04/17 Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
04/18 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
04/19 Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
04/20 Limoges, France – John Lennon
04/21 Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra 1
04/22 Murcia, Spain – Garaje
04/23 Madrid, Spain – Mon
04/25 Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
04/26 Milan, Italy – Live Club
04/27 Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
04/28 Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
04/29 Drachten, Netherlands – Iduna
04/30 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
05/01 London, England – O2 Academy Islington
05/02 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
05/03 Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
05/04 Munich, Germany – Backstage
05/05 Dresden, Germany – Loco Club
05/06 Vienna, Austria – Szene
05/08 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
05/09 Zagreb, Croatia – Klub Mochvara
05/10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
05/11 Wörgl, Austria – Komma
05/12 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
05/13 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje