Vio-lence Part Ways With Guitarist Bobby Gustafson

Vio-lence have parted ways with guitarist Bobby Gustafson. The band issued the following statement:

“Vio-lence and Bobby Gustafson have agreed to part ways effective immediately. The band cites ‘Logistical difficulties that weigh too heavy to function in a productive manner.’ Remaining members all thank Bobby for his time in the band and his Vio efforts. We wish him the very best.”

The Sword Call It Quits

The Sword have officially called it quits. The news was confirmed by vocalist/guitarist John D. Cronise.

Cronise said the following:

“Hello friends, I find it my duty to inform you that, after much contemplation, I have reached the difficult conclusion that it’s time to bring The Sword‘s long and storied career to a close.

When I started the band back in 2004, I could’ve only hoped for the successes we’ve enjoyed, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it for a living for almost two decades. In that time everything I ever wanted to say and do with The Sword creatively has been said and done, and so the time has come for me to move on to other endeavors.

Thanks to everyone who’s ever come to a show, bought our albums and merch, and supported us over the years. Thanks to everyone who’s teched, tour managed, done sound, or sold merch for us. Thanks to all the bands who’ve taken us on tour and to all the bands we’ve taken on tour.

Thanks to the promotors and venues who booked us and let us play. Thanks to the producers and recording engineers who worked on our albums and to the labels that released them. Thanks to Josh our booking agent and Mark our business manager, whom we are glad to count as friends. And most of all thanks to my bandmates, Kyle, Bryan, Jimmy, and Trivett, for having faith in me and allowing me to realize my vision. You dudes are true legends.

It’s been a helluva journey. Now it’s time for the next chapter…”

Rivers Of Nihil Part Ways With Vocalist Jake Dieffenbach

Rivers Of Nihil have parted ways with founding vocalist Jake Dieffenbach. Bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs will be handling his parts during the band’s upcoming live shows.

The group issued the following statement:

“We would like to inform our fans and colleagues alike that we’ve parted ways with Jake Dieffenbach. Jake was a founding member of Rivers Of Nihil, and our friend and brother beyond the scope of the band. While this decision wasn’t easy, it was necessary. We ask our friends and fans to allow Jake the space to handle his affairs with dignity and privacy.

The creative core of Rivers Of Nihil is still intact. Brody and Biggs will continue to be the main architects of the music and lyrics, as they have been from the start. Jared has been with us for 5 years and 2 albums already, and we’ve known Andy for so long it feels like he’s been in the band forever.

To that end, rather than bringing in anyone new, Biggs will be taking over lead vocals on the upcoming EU/UK ‘Faces Of Death’ tour, the recently-announced Northeast U.S. dates with Killswitch Engage, and beyond — as he did on the second half of our recent North American tour with The Contortionist — in addition to continuing his duties on bass.

Beyond touring, we have some exciting releases planned for the near future as well. Stay tuned for those announcements soon.”

I Am Morbid Part Ways With Guitarist Kelly McLauchlin

According to Blabbermouth, I Am Morbid (ex-Morbid Angel, etc.) have parted ways with guitarist Kelly McLauchlin (ex-Possessed). Richie Brown (Exmortus) has since taken his place. You can see fan-filmed footage of the band performing with Brown below:

Guitarist Stephen “Stevis” Harrison And Drummer Aric Improta Exit Fever 333

Guitarist Stephen “Stevis” Harrison and drummer Aric Improta have announced their departures from Fever 333. Frontman Jason Aalon Butler is now the only remaining member of the band.

Harrison said the following:

“Aric and I have decided to leave Fever 333. I won’t get into the details but things were pretty bad internally. That plus creative differences sort of left me with no choice. That said, I’m so thankful for all the amazing fans, people who helped Fever behind the scenes, and my friends and family who supported me through all of this. Your support means so much! I still plan to make music. Aric and I will probably do something together in the future. Love you guys!! Know your worth!!”

Importa added:

“Steve and I have decided to step away Fever 333. Its layered, but ultimately, I’d just rather dedicate my time to projects that operate different than that one. Massive thank you to all of our fans, our friends and the amazing people who helped us along the way (you know who you are). We got to play some unforgettable shows, travel a ton and meet some incredible individuals. Steve and I will probably do something together in the future.”

Vocalist Ryo Kinoshita Exits Crystal Lake

Vocalist Ryo Kinoshita has announced his departure from Crystal Lake. The band are currently holding open auditions to find a replacement.

Kinoshita issued the following statement:

“I have decided to leave Crystal Lake.

I sincerely apologize to all the fans and everyone involved for whom I have caused a great deal of trouble since the hiatus from September of last year.

As previously mentioned in the hiatus announcement last year, I have an illness known as adjustment disorder, and I have decided that it will be extremely difficult for me to continue as a member of the band in the future.

It was certainly not an easy decision, but I believe I made the best choice by taking the time to reflect on myself. I struggled for 10 years and continued to fight. I didn’t have many allies and I relied only on myself and the voices of the fans.

I have been suffering from adjustment disorder for about 5 years. Some days I can’t sleep, some days I can only sleep. Sometimes everything becomes pitch black and you can’t move like a corpse. There were many times when I couldn’t stop crying before a live show.

But I am proud of what Crystal Lake has achieved around the world and what we have achieved with the help of our crew, staff and everyone.

Crystal Lake has been the number one live band in the world for the past decade, without a doubt.

Thank you very much to all the fans who supported me during the 10 years I was around.


Tristania Call It Quits

Tristania have officially called it quits. As a result, all of the band’s “future plans, including [their] scheduled Latin America Tour in December, have been cancelled.”

The band issued the following statement:


After 26 years on the international metal scene, the members of Tristania have this week taken the heavy decision to call it a day. This means that future plans, including the scheduled Latin America Tour in December, have been cancelled.

Struggling through some truly challenging years, like the rest of the world, we have been eager to finally look ahead, with the Latin America Tour being the next big thing for us.

Last week came the news about a serious medical situation in near family within the band, which will make it impossible to pursue both short and long-term plans with the band. This came as a shock to us and we are truly sorry to share this.

Tristania is a band that has never made compromises in our art, and it has never been an option for us to present anything not 100 percent to our fans and followers. The timing of this could not have been worse, and it is especially sad for us not to be able to meet our friends in Latin America again. We have always had a special relationship to our Latin American fans.

Our sincere apologies to everyone that will be affected by our decision.

We want to thank everyone we have worked together with for almost three decades of writing music, recording, releasing and touring, but especially we would like to give an extra heartful thank you to Continental Concerts that has stood by us in thick and thin through a significant part of the band’s career.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank our loyal fans all over the world for amazing experiences through the years. Without you, we would not have had the inspiration to continue for so many years.

It has been an eventful 26 years. Now, let us all cherish the memories.


Torche Plan To Call It Quits Following The Departure Of Steve Brooks

Torche’s Steve Brooks has revealed that the band will be calling it quits following their tour with Meshuggah, Converge, and In Flames. This news comes after the vocalist/guitarist previously said that he was planning to exit the group after the aforementioned trek.

Brooks said the following about the band’s demise in a past Instagram comment that recently resurfaced:

“True. We’re done. Only plan on reissuing out of print records some day.”

He also added the following in a separate comment:

“I had adventures in this band I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise and made many friends through touring. At this point, I live in rural Oregon Coast and everyone else is in Miami. It’s a mission travelling across country to be crammed in a van for a month, worrying about money to cover all these expenses, possible theft, health/safety and depending on others to take care of our responsibilities at home is too much. The only enjoyable moments for me is onstage (30-80 minutes.) Come see us, if you can.”

Despite the impending breakup, the band recently released a new song tilted “It Never Began.”

[via The PRP]