Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

Marko Hietala has announced his departure from Nightwish. The bassist/vocalist says he is leaving the group after being unable “to feel validated by this life.”

Hietala issued the following statement:

“Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. ‘My Walden’ so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.

And I don’t think that I’ll be gone for good.

Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I’ve certainly done my time for now. Blaming for instance Tuomas [Holopainen] is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too. Have a care please. But of course now we’ll know, if some go there on purpose.

There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do. I hope to tell you about it on 2022. It’s not a promise though.

I am so sorry about this.

Marko Hietala

P.S. Tony Iommi is an exception to the ‘no contact whatsoever.’ Childhood hero takes a precedence.”

The band added:

“Marko’s resignation has left us with some difficult decisions and choices to be made. After much thought and consideration, we have, in mutual understanding, decided to perform the upcoming ‘Human. :II: Nature.’ world tour as planned, but with a session bass player. The live line-up will be announced at a later date.

We respect Marko’s decision and wish him all the very best. We will not comment any further.”

Drummer Devon Carothers Announces His Departure From Texas Hippie Coalition

Devon Carothers has announced his departure from Texas Hippie Coalition. The drummer says he is “going to take a break from playing for a little while to deal with some personal things.”

Carothers said the following:

“I’ve enjoyed my time playing with Texas Hippie Coalition over the past few years but the time has come for me to part ways with the other members of the band. This is a decision made on both ends. I’m going to take a break from playing for a little while to deal with some personal things in my life because it’s starting to come between my duties to the band and I feel it’s not fair to the THC members and crew for me to not be able to give them my all. I love each and every one I’ve played with and the people I’ve met in my time with the band. I wish the band the best and can’t wait to see what they do in the years to come. Thanks to the THC family for taking care of us on the road and all of the great times. Thanks again for everything!

Love y’all.
Devon Carothers.”

He later added:

“I’ve received some messages since posting this and I didn’t want anyone to be concerned about me. This is more about making a life change, and not about anything going wrong in my life.”

Bad Wolves Part Ways With Tommy Vext

Bad Wolves have parted ways with Tommy Vext. The band plan to continue with a new vocalist.

The group issued the following statement:

“It is true that Bad Wolves and vocalist Tommy Vext have parted ways. The four of us plan to continue making music and a new album is planned for later this year. Tommy has been a big part of Bad Wolves and we are grateful for his contributions. There is not much else to report at the moment but to send love and gratitude to the fans who have supported Bad Wolves from day one. We would not be here without you.

All the best,

Chris, Doc, Kyle, and John.”

According to MetalSucks, Vext also addressed his departure during an Instagram livestream:

“Reliable sources who saw the live broadcast tell MetalSucks that Vext claimed his conservative political views caused an irreconcilable schism with his bandmates and their record label, Better Noise (formerly Eleven Seven), and that he felt leaving the band was his only option.

He said that Bad Wolves will continue without him, that he will launch a solo career, and claimed to have written all or most of the band’s new record himself (whether he was talking about their 2019 album, Nation, or an unreleased future effort isn’t clear).”

This news comes after Vext continued to make headlines for his right-wing and conspiracy theory beliefs, including his controversial takes on racism. It also comes after the singer was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend Whitney Johns. Vext claimed those allegations were part of an “extortion attempt” and that he had been exonerated. However, it’s worth noting that Johns was granted a two-year domestic violence restraining order against him.

Suspect208 Part Ways With Vocalist Noah Weiland

Suspect208 have parted ways with vocalist Noah Weiland, the son of the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). The band, which also features bassist Tye Trujillo, the son of Robert Trujillo (Metallica), drummer London Hudson, the son of Slash (Guns N’ Roses), and guitarist Niko Tsangaris (Classless Act), intend to continue with a new singer.

The group commented:

“As many of you know, we let our singer, Noah, go. We were really close to him and it is the last thing we would’ve ever wanted to do, but it had to be done for his safety, as well as the longevity of the band. This decision was made by the band because it was the last thing we could do to keep going.

Noah was not writing lyrics or lifting his weight in the band for two months before we let him go. He was heading down a dark path of drug use that got in the way of our friendship as well as the band. Lastly, there were many instances of blow-ups over very small issues we’d confront him with. We wish him the best, and we deeply care about him. However, we did as much as we could to help him. Thank you to those who stick with us on this journey, we are very grateful.”

Bassist Pete Aguilar Exits Cultural Warfare

Pete Aguilar has announced his departure from Cultural Warfare. The bassist said he is leaving the group “due to personal reasons.”

Here’s Aguilar’s full statement:

“I am stepping down as bass player for Cultural Warfare due to personal reasons. There is no bad blood between my former bandmates and I. I told them in person respectfully.

I’d like to thank all my bandmates past and present Billy, Kevin, Jacques, Bones, Kenny, Shawn, Lenny and Pascal and the fans for all the support during my five year tenure with the band! I have two awesome recordings in Future Kill and Warmagedon that I’m proud to have as part of my legacy. I’m honored to have shared the stage with great musicians playing metal in the Bay Area thus far.

As for my future musical plans, I’m not hanging up my bass just yet, nor am I jumping into free agency right away. Looking forward to what might cross my path next!”

Guitarist Kevin Doughty added:

“Much love Pete! Gotta do what’s best for you and your family first! We shared some awesome moments as friends and bandmates. Looking forward to what’s in store for you musically in the future homie.”

[via bravewords.com]

Morgoth Officially Call It Quits

Morgoth have officially called it quits. This news comes after the band previously announced an indefinite hiatus in 2018.

The group commented:

“MORGOTH – The end complete!

It’s already been 2,5 years since our last updates and the announcement of an indefinite hiatus in regards to any band activities. Time surely flies!

In the meantime and after much deliberation, we can now announce that we have indeed reached the end of the road for MORGOTH.

It’s been an interesting and challenging ride since the band’s initial reunion and we will forever cherish all of the incredible experiences and great memories from these years. We thank ALL OF YOU for that!

Please keep enjoying and supporting the music that will forever remain out there for all of us. Best of wishes for a hopefully good/better new year 2021…Stay safe and stay heavy!!!

MORGOTH
(1987 – 2020)”

Guitarist Jonathan Hultén Exits Tribulation

Tribulation have parted ways with guitarist Jonathan Hultén. Joseph Tholl will now be taking his place.

Tribulation commented:

“After 16 years of creative, expressive, artistic and spiritual exchange and co-operation Jonathan has decided to leave the band to pursue whatever else life has in store for him in the future.

We know that whatever he decides to do in the future he will do it in the same wholehearted, immersive and meticulous way that he has tackled all the trials and tribulations that are Tribulation, and we truly wish him the best of luck in those endeavours.

The idea and concept of death and rebirth has always played a big role in the band mythos and while Jonathan leaving leaves a big chunk of what has built, maintained and nurtured the creature that is Tribulation behind, we are confident in our vision for the times to come, and we will build something new and once again ride the frightening yet powerful waves of creative uncertainty into the new decade!

‘Vetera transierunt: ecce facta sunt omnia nova’”

Hultén also issued his own statement:

“Friends. After 16 years of playing together, the time has now come for me to part with Tribulation. For some time I’ve been swinging between doubt and determination in a recurring questioning of whether I am the right person in the right place, and in the end this is the conclusion that has been reached. This year made it more clear than ever that first and foremost I have to follow my heart rather than the mind – even if it means walking away from a lot of things I love doing and people I love. Life is too short to not follow your heart, wherever it might lead. I don’t know what the future holds, the only thing I do know is that I have to try to live in a way that makes me happy.

I wish Johannes, Adam and Oscar all the best in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing them continue on the adventurous cruise on the ship that is Tribulation, and all the glorious moments they will experience along the way. I am also very happy to pass the torch to the amazing Joseph Tholl, one of my favorite songwriters of all time. The magic he will introduce into Trib will be an invaluable treasure and I couldn’t imagine a better addition to the band.

And most importantly – I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported, appreciated and helped us along the years. I thank you from the bottom of my soul, you made this journey into what it has been. Thank you for everything!

However, this is not a goodbye. I won’t stop creating music and art as long as there is a heartbeat left in this body, that’s a promise. Much love…”

Tholl added:

“As a long-time fan and friend of the band it’s sad for me to see Jonathan leave, but it’s also an honour that I’ll get to cherish his great work. I’m thrilled to join this assembly of old friends and I’m looking forward to be a part of what the future holds for Tribulation.”

Bassist John Gianelli Exits Nails

Bassist John Gianelli has confirmed that he is no longer a member of Nails. This news comes after drummer Taylor Young recently announced his departure from the group. Gianelli said the following:

“To all my fans across the world that have been wondering I parted ways too. #classiclineup”

[via The PRP]

Taylor Young Announces His Departure From Nails

Taylor Young has announced his departure from Nails. The drummer says he played his final show with the band in December and officially left in the spring.

Young said the following:

“Here we have my first and final recorded contribution to NAILS. The 10th anniversary version of Unsilent Death is out now on Southern Lord Records featuring two previously unreleased songs, as well as the Obscene Humanity 7” remixed and remastered with those two songs.

The band and I parted ways this past spring, and I played my final show with the band last December. I’ll always be a TYRANT; the band will always be a massive part of me, and I hope it keeps going. If anybody has an inkling of a feeling that NAILS can’t make good music without me, that’s simply not true as Todd’s attention to detail, and quality control is unmatched. It was a wild decade with Todd, John, Saba, Leon and others and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, I cannot update you on the status of the band so no more questions about it please.”

Flotsam And Jetsam Announce New Bassist

Flotsam And Jetsam have officially welcomed Bill Bodily (Contrarian, etc.) to the band as their new bassist. This news comes after Bodily previously filled in for former bassist Michael Spencer in 2019.

Bodily commented:

“Joining Flotsam And Jetsam is an honor as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with the guys for many years, and I’m a lifelong Flotsam fan. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting more acquainted with the legendary Flotzilla fans!”

The band added:

“First and foremost, we would like to thank Michael Spencer for his time in Flotsam And Jetsam. He joined us back in 2014, and we have accomplished so much together. We sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors!

A new chapter for Flotsam And Jetsam beckons; Bill Bodily embodies a new focus and hunger within Flotsam And Jetsam and we’re extremely excited to have him as part of the Flotzilla family. He’s not only a brilliant musician who has established himself in the thrash and death metal scene, but also a great human being, which made the decision to have him join the band a very natural one. Bill brings an amazing work ethic and a fervent desire to continue to learn, grow and develop his musical voice. He knows music talent alone isn’t enough, and that hard work, perseverance and a sense of humor goes a long way to sustaining a successful musical career. We welcome him with open arms!

We’ve been working very hard on the follow‐up for ‘The End Of Chaos’, and we are happy to report that the final mixes are almost completed. The new material is very heavy, and we’ve taken the sound and approach that we’ve had for the last two studio albums and amped up the aggressiveness without toning down any other elements. Everyone has done a superb job in the studio — even more so considering the unprecedented circumstances we are living in at this time. We are very excited about the music, and we hope and believe the new album will live up to everyone’s expectations.”