Five Finger Death Punch Officially Announce New Guitarist

Five Finger Death Punch have officially parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. As previously rumored, Andy James will be taking his place.

Hook said the following:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night. I will miss that more than anything. As far the reason I’m leaving… well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also commented:

“Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason‘s shoes. Andy completed our European tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”

Frontman Ivan Moody added:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this COVID madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

Jason Hook Pretty Much Confirms His Departure From Five Finger Death Punch

As previously reported, rumors were recently circulating that seemed to suggest that Jason Hook had exited Five Finger Death Punch. Now, in a since deleted Instagram video, the guitarist pretty much confirmed the news.

Hook said the following:

“I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the fans of Five Finger Death Punch for all of messages that you’ve been sending me about you know what. I’ve kinda been issued a gag order, so I’m not saying anything. But I’m very excited about the things I’m working on and I’m looking forward to sharing them with everybody.

And when the time is right there will be a mutually agreed on press release between me and my guys and that’s it.”

He also went on to say that he is planning to release some new music:

“I’ve got tons of new songs that I’m gonna release and I want people to hear them. I don’t expect to make money, I don’t expect to climb the top of charts. I didn’t care about any of that… the music business is sort of in the toilet, so it’s not really about that anymore. It’s just about getting off on it and getting fired up and creating something that’s exciting for me and hopefully translates to be exciting for you.”

He continued:

“I’ve got eight projects on the go and I’m excited about every one of them.”

Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue/Fields), who previously filled in for Hook while he underwent gallbladder surgery, is believed to be taking his place in the band.

[via The PRP]

Atreyu Officially Part Ways With Alex Varkatzas

Atreyu have officially parted ways with vocalist Alex Varkatzas. Despite this, the band still intend to move forward.

Atreyu commented:

“We have been a band for over 20 years now. Lived our dreams together as friends and as brothers. We traveled the world doing what we love, and have been fortunate enough to play music for such an incredible fan base that provides us with the opportunity to share our greatest moments with them.

Now a time of change has come for all of us. Alex Varkatzas is sailing off on a ship of his own, and will part ways with Atreyu. He will not disappear, and neither will Atreyu. There’s nothing but love and respect for each other, and we can’t wait to see what he will come up with next. Stay tuned for his upcoming projects and we all wish him success and fulfillment with all his future endeavors.

Atreyu’s next adventure is among us.

We love you, we’ll see you shortly.”

Varkatzas also issued his own statement:

“After 20 rewarding years of creating music with Atreyu, the band and I are parting ways. I am forever thankful for the memories, experiences, and friendships made along the way. Thank you to all of the friends and fans. I have lots of new music and art to share with you in the future. With love and respect.”

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TEETH Part Ways With Drummer Ryan “Legs” Leger

TEETH have parted ways with drummer Ryan “Legs” Leger (ex-Every Time I Die). With him gone, the band will now be recording their new album with drummer Davis Maxwell (ex-Heavy Hearts).

TEETH issued the following statement:

“As some of you may have already heard, Legs will no longer be moving forward as a member of TEETH. Like anything else in the creative realm, it’s a struggle to get a band off the ground and sometimes life gets in the way. This project was just one of those situations.

Legs is a monster drummer and we wish him the best – he’ll be working on his own stuff soon so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, the mighty @_davismaxwell (Heavy Hearts, Kawthra) will be stepping in to track the drums for this album and it’s gonna be a ripper. Can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on.”

Burton C. Bell Quits Fear Factory: “I Cannot Align Myself With Someone Whom I Do Not Trust, Nor Respect”

Burton C. Bell has officially announced his departure from Fear Factory. This news comes after the vocalist previously took issue with a GoFundMe campaign that guitarist Dino Cazares launched for their new album and after Cazares confirmed that he now owns 100% of the band.

Bell issued the following statement:

“IN MY OWN WORDS

I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me.

In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from Fear Factory, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for Ascension of The Watchers, and all my future endeavors.

I am very proud of the Ascension of The Watchers’ latest album, APOCRYPHA. The writing and recording process for APOCRYPHA has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but, it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It’s true, “the end is always the beginning”. The soul is free from the machine.”

Jeramie Kling And Taylor Nordberg Exit Massacre

Drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., The Absence, etc.) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, etc.) have both exited Massacre. This news comes less than a year after the two joined the band.

Kling and Nordberg issued the following statement:

“It is with both regret and relief that we announce our departure from MASSACRE.

To everyone who warned us a year ago when we joined the band: you were right.

It has been a year of severe ups and downs and unfortunately it has become a working environment we cannot be a part of any longer.

What was presented as a democracy turned out to be a dictatorship with an excruciating lack of communication.

We will not stand by and have our reputations meddled with by childish behavior.

We present ourselves as professionals and bring 110% of our beings into all of the projects we have.

We wrote and presented 14 songs for the band’s new album, provided our contacts in the industry which we have naturally/organically procured through our years of touring, only to be accused of trying to take over the band, which is a paranoid delusion. It is also unfortunate that a certain individual refused to speak on the phone to us to discuss any issue of the band, but we have no choice but to bow out of this unhealthy relationship.

We apologize to our fans and the MASSACRE fans that they will not get to hear the new album we wrote for the band… at least not as a MASSACRE album.

We cherish our time spent with Michael Borders and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Kataklysm Announce New Drummer

Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin. Taking his place will be James Payne (ex-Hour Of Penance/Vital Remains, etc.), who recently shared footage of himself performing “The Killshot”:

The band commented:

“Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin, we would like to thank him for his work on the past four albums and his professionalism on the live stage over the last few years , we wish him all the best with his future Endeavors.

With that being said, we are excited to welcome acclaimed Los Angeles based drumming monster James Payne ( Hour of Penance, Hiss from the Moat , Vital Remains ) to the Kataklysm family, James will be behind the throne for the upcoming “Unconquered” world campaign and beyond . Please Give him a warm welcome 🔥🤘”

Payne added :

“I am thrilled and honored to join Kataklysm and participate in a piece of their amazing legacy! I’ve been a fan of the band since I was in High school, and to think of sharing the stages around the world with them is incredible! I can’t wait to start this experience and give the fans all I have behind the drums at every show we’ll play and beyond!”

As previously reported, Kataklysm‘s new album “Unconquered” will be released on September 25.

Issues Part Ways With Tyler Carter Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Issues have announced that they have parted ways with Tyler Carter. This news comes after the singer was accused of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and grooming. The band issued the following statement:

“Recently we have become aware of allegations against Tyler Carter, of grooming and sexual misconduct. We, Josh, Sky, and AJ, will no longer be working with Tyler. We believe survivors.”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Part Ways With Drummer Eric Moore

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have parted ways with drummer Eric Moore. The band commented:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce Eric’s departure as a member of King Gizz to focus solely on Flightless Records. Over the last decade as both member and manager, from airport to soundcheck and from tourbus to stage he was there each step of the way. Eric made an immeasurable contribution to the band and we’re sad to see him go! We gotta thank him for his devotion, fervour and good times. We’re so grateful to have had the privilege of travelling the world with one of our best buddies. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours and we’ll miss ya on the road mate! xox Stu, Cookie, Lukey, Cavs, Joey, Amby”

Guitarist Kevin Roentgen Exits Buckcherry

Kevin Roentgen has announced his departure from Buckcherry. The guitarist is leaving the group so he can spend more time with his family.

Roentgen issued the following statement:

“Struggling a bit with words as I write this. Several of you have msg’d me, so I thought I’d just respond here.

Last month, I stepped away from my position as guitar player in Buckcherry. For me, “I’m leaving the band” announcements can come off as kind of dramatic and self-important. Not my intention here.

Instead, I really only want to express my love, gratitude and respect for my friends – Stevie, Josh, Kelly and Francis. For the last three years, I’ve been out there with you guys solid, and literally around the world, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows to a diehard and loyal base. It’s one like I’ve never known. It’s an audience the band has worked tirelessly to build over the course of twenty years, and is the envy of many. It’s something I have so much respect and admiration for.

Thank you SO much to all of the band’s fans and friends who were kind, open and receiving of “the new guy” (though, some of you did take a minute ha). Stepping in for a founding member was no short order, but you guys helped me rise to the occasion. I’ll forever be grateful for that.

I want to send a very special thank you to all of the crew, who not only got us to the stage on time and in one piece, but who actually really care about doing a great job – rare in this business, trust me. Dave, Ross, Terry, Frank, “Timmy”, Nate, Brandon, Russell (you and I may have butted heads on occasion, but know that I respect your loyalty to the BC cause), Jeremy, Dan, Brad, Moss and anyone I’m spacing on in this moment (sorry). Shout out to Larry Mazer and Andrew Goodfriend for looking after me, as well. Thank you all for having my back. I love you guys.

Bottom line, I made this decision to come off the road and spend more time with my family. The guys understood this, and for that I’m thankful. Though my wife and daughter always one hundred percent supported me in this gig, they are quite happy now to have me home.

Anyways, I suppose I’m what they call a “lifer” in this often absurd and occasionally rewarding business, so you’ll no doubt be hearing from me going forward. Thank you to all of those who’ve supported my other music projects recently – and over the last thirty years for that matter.

Wishing BC the very best and all the great success they deserve, with love.

Long live rock and roll.

KR”