Xandria On Dianne Van Giersbergen’s Exit: “We Had To Learn About Her Departure In A Way That Has Been Surprising”

Dianne Van Giersbergen recently announced her exit from Xandria, after the group revealed that they were canceling their U.S. tour and using a guest vocalist for their upcoming European shows. Now, the group have issued a new statement saying Giersbergen’s departue was a surprise to them.

Xandria’s new statement:

Dear all,

We are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now.

After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only.

We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation.

Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way.

We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond!With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you.

Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit

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Dianne Van Giersbergen Officially Exits Xandria

Dianne Van Giersbergen has officially announced her exit from Xandria. Her departure comes as a result of the impact the band and management have had on her health. This news comes after Xandria previously cancelled their U.S. tour and recruited a guest vocalist for their upcoming European shows.

Dianne Van Giersbergen said the following (audio below):

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly two years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria and management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve sent me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again.

“Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

Ryan Knowles Exits Capsize

Ryan Knowles has revealed that he is leaving Capsize. The guitarist made the following post about that:

4 years ago today, was one of those most defining days in my life. I was waking up to landing in London on my 19th birthday, to go on tour in Europe with @capsizeband for the first time ever. At that exact moment, I was totally content with how far music had gotten me. Little did I know it would lead into another 4 years of traveling nonstop, and seeing the world with some of my best friends, while making tons of new ones on the way. Today, I'm 23, and while the last 5 years of my life have been so incredible, it's sad to say that it's now time for me to move on from Capsize, and to focus on myself. I'm not giving up making music by any means, and already have some things in the works. I just want to thank the tru cru for being a part in making my dreams come to life. @danielwand @bleedblackx @andrewdrums @jimmy.sandoval I also want to thank all of the other amazing dudes who have cycled through this band for being a part of this as well @andrezrichardo @imbrianjoyce @pig.in.the.city @infinitesunn @jaux_pas Finally, to anyone who ever came to a show, let us crash with you, or traded weed for guestlist spots, I am infinitely grateful. 📽: @theworkofjar

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Douglas Robinson Exits Night Verses, Band Plan To Continue As An Instrumental Three-Piece

Night Verses have parted ways with vocalist Douglas Robinson. With him gone, the band will now continue as an instrumental three-piece.

The band commented:

“As of today, we (Aric, Nick, Reilly) will be continuing Night Verses as an instrumental trio. We came to this decision mutually with Douglas and believe it is the best thing for us all moving forward. We’d like to take this time to not only thank Douglas for his commitment and contributions to the band for the past 5+ years, but to also acknowledge how important he was to the foundation of the band. We’ve played hundreds of shows around the world together, and made art that we’ll be proud of forever.

Thank you to our team and everyone at Equal Vision / Graphic Nature records for the continued support, and most of all, thank you for staying interested and taking the time to read this.

We’ll be entering the studio this month with Will Putney to record our 3rd full length album.

Here’s some of the new material we’ve been working on. We’ll be posting a few more of these writing clips before the release.
–Night Verses“

Bad Seed Rising Call It Quits

Bad Seed Rising have announced that they will be calling it quits. Their final show will be held at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD on September 11.

The band commented:

“We are sad to announce that BSR has come to an end. After 5 years, it is time for us to part our separate ways. Mason and Aiden have simply decided to move on in another direction without us, and although it sucks, we humbly respect that decision and wish them the best of luck. There’s no bad blood between any of us, we will always still be brothers (and sister).

We want to thank all of you so much for supporting us throughout the years. We truly appreciate everything everyone has done for us to get us where we have gone. Nothing could ever replace all of the memories and accomplishments we’ve made. So help us create one last incredible memory. Bad Seed Rising will be playing at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD on Mon, Sep 11, at 7:00 PM. You can purchase tickets at the door or here online http://badseedrising.info. Please help us make this last hurrah amazing. Thank you all so much, we hope to see you guys there.

Love, Francheska, Mason, Louey, and Aiden.”

Drummer Ben Harclerode Confirms His Exit From Whitechapel

It looks like drummer Ben Harclerode officially left Whitechapel back in May. He confirmed the news in while responding to a fans on Twitter. The original one has been deleted, but you can see two more below:

For now, the band have recruited Chason Westmoreland (ex-Hate Eternal/The Faceless, etc.)

Daniel Shapiro Exits The Word Alive

The Word Alive have announced the departure of bassist Daniel Shapiro. You can see statements from him and the band below.

The Word Alive:

“Dear TWA family,

The Dark Matter cycle has been the greatest ride of our lives. Because of your support, we’ve reached so many goals we never thought would be possible 9 years into our career. We’ve sold thousands of albums, streamed millions more and toured all over the world. All because of you.

As we move into this next chapter of our career, creatively we have come to a decision to continue The Word Alive with Tony, Telle, and Zack. Moving into the creation of our newest album, Daniel and us mutually agreed that this would be the best decision for the band. Daniel is an extremely talented musician that we have called our brother for the last 7 years. We continue to do so and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The Word Alive has always been a family, past present and future members will always support each other.

We’re extremely excited for the new chapter that is yet to come and look forward to sharing all of our plans for the rest of the year. As always, we appreciate your support on and off tour. We will be all over the world soon enough to continue this journey together.

Telle, Tony, and Zack”

Shapiro:

“Over the last 7 years, I was fortunate enough to tour the world with some of my best friends in The Word Alive. As of today, I will be heading off on a new musical adventure and I am excited to share with you where the road will take me.

The guys and I will continue to support each other. I’m grateful for the time I had with this family and will always consider myself a part of this band.

Thank you all for the love and support from all the fans, friends, family and crew!

–Danielson“