Burning Witches Part Ways With Guitarist Sonia “Anubis” Nusselder

Burning Witches have parted ways with Sonia “Anubis” Nusselder. This news comes after the guitarist recently joined Crypta.

Burning Witches commented:

“MANY SAW IT COMING: SONIA HAS LEFT THE BURNING WITCHES!

Yes, indeed to keep a girl band together is more difficult than we thought. Nobody wanted to sign us as a band, with the argument that woman-bands do not last. Well it seems THAT Curse is real! But we will NOT give up!

Sonia has left us for her new project. We saw this coming and we have to accept it. People change and people move on. We wish her all the best!

For us as a Band this means we have to work harder. We will continue our path and will of course look for a new Witch!

But first of all, this Friday, we will have a LIVE JAM with some amazing girls and friends. More news on Wednesday! Please stay tuned!

We will take our time to search and announce the new lead player, please understand we are as shocked as you are. We will use the Corona-times useful, to choose the right person for our lead guitarist position.

The backbone of the band will remain strong, in friendship and musically. We are already working on new songs and are TOP motivated to return on stage.

We want to thank all the fans for the amazing support and will keep you posted about our future moves! Stay positive! It sounds like a cliché but it was never more meaningful than now: WE ARE READY TO FIGHT!!!”

Guitarist Romana Kalkuhl added:

“Beloved BURNING WITCHES fans, we are certainly sad about the decision of Sonia to leave us, but at the same time I am more encouraged and I look forward with pride to our future shows and the next challenges!

We have an outstanding team together, so you don‘t have to worry, we are gonna give our very best!

Thank you all so much for understanding and trusting us, only the one who is wholeheartedly dedicated to the band is a real WITCH!”

Nusselder also issued her own statement:

“Dear fans,

For personal reasons and with a lot of deliberation, I have decided to fully dedicate myself to CRYPTA and Cobra Spell and to leave BURNING WITCHES.

The last 2,5 years were FULL of amazing and priceless experiences, it made many of my dreams become reality and I always put all my passion and love for music into it. This journey also opened many doors for new challenges that I am overly anxious to pursue. Such as starting my own bands, writing my own music and push that further.

I am extremely thankful for my my dear family, friends and of course all the wonderful fans for the immense support. I deeply thank the band and the management for the fantastic concert/stage moments such as playing at WACKEN, Sweden Rock, Summer Breeze… and the list goes on, traveling the world, being part of 2 fantastic BURNING WITCHES full-length albums that I will for ever look up to.

This is was a very hard decision, but sometimes you can’t pursue a bigger dream, without giving up a meaningful one in return. I will continue my musical path with full passion for music and for the fans! This is just the beginning! ❤️

The debut release of COBRA SPELL (heavy metal) will be released later this year. And the line-up announcement will very soon this coming days. So please, stay tuned! Also, of course stay tuned to further news with CRYPTA (death metal), we just released the line-up!

CRYPTA: https://www.facebook.com/cryptadeath/
COBRA SPELL: https://www.facebook.com/cobraspell/

I wish BURNING WITCHES all the very best of success!

Much love,

Sonia Anubis

PS:
Thank you so much everyone for your positive words, it is really an extremely hard time, i’ve never been through something like this. Maybe one of my hardest choices in life. I don’t take this lightly… Just want to make sure, my new bands were not the main reason why I left. Repeating: This side-bands were existent for over a year… Personal reasons and indifferences in the band lead to this decision. And for that, my path really had to take a different direction from their path.”

Beartooth Part Ways With Guitarist Kamron Bradbury

Beartooth have officially parted ways with Kamron Bradbury. According to the band, the guitarist left for “personal reasons.”

Beartooth commented:

“Dear Beartooth fans,

We feel that it is important to let everyone know that due to personal reasons, we have decided to part ways with our guitarist Kamron Bradbury. Kam has been instrumental in developing Beartooth into the band that it is today.

His contributions will have a lasting impact on the legacy of the band, and he will be missed. We all love Kam very much, and he is above all a once in a lifetime friend. We are thankful to have shared so many memories with him over the years.

Caleb, Oshie, Zach, & Connor“

This news comes after Bradbury took a break from touring last year. Will Deely (City Lights) was previously filling in.

Fernanda Lira And Luana Dametto Exit Nervosa

Bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto have both exited Nervosa. Guitarist Prika Amaral is planning to continue the band with new members.

Amaral issued the following statement:

“NERVOSA will never die!

Despite all the rumours NERVOSA will continue!

Fernanda and Luana are no longer part of Nervosa, they decided to leave the band.

There are many reasons and each one of us has their own but since 2 years Nervosa has not been the same and we were all trying to keep the band alive, each of us doing their best, without exceptions.

We want to give the best to our fans and that is simply not possible anymore!

NERVOSA would like to thank everybody that were a part of the band for the dedication and wishes the best of luck!

Please stay tuned, the new members and many other news will be announced soon!

Thanks for all the support!”

Lira and Dametto both commented as well. Here’s Lira’s statement:

“GOODBYE, NERVOSA!

Everything has a beginning and an end, life is made of beginnings and endings, it is the natural cycle of things. Some of these endings are very challenging and this is certainly the most difficult of my life – the most difficult decision of my life.

I thought I would be forever in this band that is my passion, but I decided that today my journey as a member of NERVOSA is over.

Everything is fine and I will always look at my tattoo eternalized on my fist (with our logo) and into the past with great pride in what I built and was part of, and above all, very happy to have touched each of your hearts with my art.

I will always carry with me that wonderful initial exciting vibe in the band, the desire to take over the world, the feeling of writing the first lyrics, of launching the band’s first clip and recordings, of doing our first shows, of the happiness of going up on the stage for the first time outside the country, outside our continent, to get to know each of the almost 60 countries that I had the privilege of visiting over that period. Even from the hard times we went through and overcame, I will always remember and cherish each one, as they made us grow and learn so much. Anyway, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled for being in the front line and contributing for almost a decade to make an embryo become one of the most solid and well-known bands from Brazil, it was such a hard and intense work, but it was worth every minute.

So, thank you Nervosa and thanks TO EACH ONE OF YOU for the support during all this time, without you, none of this would have been possible. Thank you for helping to make each of the biggest dreams of the 14 year old metalhead fefemetal that always dreamed of having a metal band come true.

Anyway, I end this cycle aware that I did the best I could do, with a lot of passion, dedication and honesty.

Making it very clear that the decision is personal and has nothing to do with being tired of touring, record label, or whatever! My passion for the fans, for the music and for the road still lives intact within me and I will continue in metal with my new project (which also has nothing to do with this decision).

As this choice of mine hurts and it will still hurt a lot for a while, I’m going to step aside from the internet and retreat for a few days. In the meantime, I just ask you to be kind in this very sensitive moment for me. Much love to you all and again, THANK YOU 💗🙏💗”

Here’s Dametto’s statement:

“So, I’m no longer a part of Nervosa. First of all, I would like to say that I’m extremely glad for everything I got to experience with this band, for the amazing places I’ve seen on tours, for everything I learned in the past years, for the opportunities that it gave me, but mainly, I’m extremely thankful for all YOUR support since I joined this band. I got to know many of you in person around the world, and there is nothing more precious to me than your support, I can’t put into words how glad I am.

Overall, it’s time for me to move on. I believe that for everything we (people) work with, we need to put our hearts into it and do our best, and when the excitement is not the same anymore, for whatever reason it may be, I don’t think it would be honest to keep doing it anymore, it wouldn’t be honest with me, and neither with you, that has been following my trajectory. It’s not like I just decided that I wouldn’t like to be part of it anymore, of course I have personal reasons and this is a tough decision, but these reasons will remain personal.

I know many many of you are gonna be sad, but overall and with time, I hope you understand it. I wanna make clear that I will absolutely not quit playing or anything like that, I’ve been playing for over 10 years now and it’s not in my life plans to stop, but I will move on, start a new project where I can put my heart, soul and ideals into it. I also wanna make clear that my new projects (the ones I started and the ones I will start) didn’t affect in this decision or in the way I have been feeling about it. Everything is gonna be fine, every one of us will follow a different path that can make us happier. I wish the best luck for Nervosa, and I will always be glad for the good moments we had, all I’ve learned and how much it was part of my history.

That’s all for now. ❤”

Malevolent Creation Part Ways With Phil Cancilla And Lee Wollenschlaeger

Malevolent Creation have parted ways with drummer Phil Cancilla and vocalist/guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger. Ronnie Parmer will be repleacing Cancilla, while Ryan Taylor will be replacing Wollenschlaeger.

The group commented:

“We’ve got a few things to announce: First on the list we had to part ways with Phil Cancilla due to family related issues and internal problems that were unforeseen to us at the time.

With that being said we are happy to announce the addition of Ronnie Parmer on drums. He’s played in Angelcorpse and plays in Amon, Brutality and Perdition Temple to name a few. He’s a killer drummer and great dude to tour with. We’re very glad to have him on board with us!

Next is the departure of Lee on vocals and guitar. We feel that we wrote a killer album with Lee but there are many reasons why we’ve come to this decision. One being distance,another being multiple visa issues that caused us to cancel shows in Europe and South America during these last few tours.

Lee is a great dude and we wish him nothing but success in the future.

We have searched closer to home for his replacement and are very happy to announce that Ryan Taylor formerly of Solstice, Thrash or Die & currently in Body Blow will be taking on these duties!

We wish both Phil Cancilla and Lee Wollenschlaeger the best and thank them for all they have contributed to the band in their time with us. We hope they continue to pursue music and we will support any band or project they decide to be a part of.

Now with all members residing in Florida we feel that this lineup is finally solidified and we can now move forward to getting to work on the next MC album. We hope this virus will subside soon and we can get back to our touring schedule for the later half of this year. For now here’s a little video of Solstice when Ryan and Josh were in the band to give an idea of whats in store for you all. We look forward to seeing you soon and destroying any shows in our path!!! Stay safe out there and keep your ears out for new MC music soon!!!”

Drummer Nick Barker Exits Lock Up

Nick Barker has announced his departure from Lock Up. Despite this, the drummer says he still has “a couple of new musical endeavours in the pipeline.”

Barker commented:

“After ‘not feeling it’ for a considerable amount of time and pondering my future within the ranks of the band, I’ve decided to call it a quits with Lock Up!

There’s no bad blood or ill feeling in any way,those guys are my brothers and I wish them well..

I have a couple of new musical endeavours in the pipeline that will come to light when the time is right.

Id like to take this opportunity to thank my ex-band mates and all the fans around the world for their support over the course of 20+ years I served as drummer in the band…

Much love to you all.”

Shane Embury (also of Napalm Death, etc.) added:

“I am sad to see Nick leave the band” ! But we have discussed this a lot and it’s time to move on for all of us I guess – no bad blood

Along with Jesse Pintado ( RIP) Nick and I formed Lock Up in 1998 !

We have had a fun and crazy ride together on all those years and I wish Nick nothing but the best for the future”

Omnium Gatherum Officially Welcome Bassist Mikko Kivistö To The Band, Part Ways With Guitarist Joonas Koto

Omnium Gatherum have announced some lineup changes. First of all, the band have officially welcomed bassist Mikko Kivistö to the group. With this news, they have also confirmed the departure of guitarist Joonas Koto.

Omnium Gatherum commented:

“As you all know times and situations change in life all the time.

On the positive side of things – We’re hard at work composing the new album stuff, and our bass player spot has finally been officially filled with our brother in arms – welcome MIKKO KIVISTÖ! This charismatic bass beast has already been playing gigs and conquered stages with us almost a year, and is previously known from the Finnish group Pain Confessor. As a human being and as a musician he fits absolutely very well to the Omnium Gatherum horde!

Here are Mikko’s thoughts on the matter:

”Im totally honored to be part of OG gang. Back in May 2019 I played my first gigs with the boys in Russia and it immediately felt I was in a right place with the right band. It felt like a dream come true! Last year was super, a lot of festivals and an European tour. It was easy to join the band with full of pure hearted guys I now can call my brothers and family.

I will promise to continue to smash the bass at least as hard as all the previous guys did. Hopefully we’ll together beat this COVID-19 soon and see you all again in festivals, tours and gigs. Thank you Omnium Gatherum for trusting my skills. See you all soon. Stay safe and let the metal flow!”

On a bit more negative side of news – Our long time guitarist Joonas Koto decided to leave the group, already a while ago. There was no bad blood or fighting behind the decision, just a surprise and a shock. Joonas was just tired of active touring and travelling. We wish all the best for Joonas in his future endeavours!

Our brothers in metal, Jani Liimatainen and Nick Cordle have been helping us filling in as a 2nd guitar player on our gigs lately. Thanks dudes, and we salute your awesomeness!

At the moment we are operating officially as a 5-men unit, and composing the next album by storm and quarantine –

BUT, if you feel you (or someone you know) would have the guts, the balls, the bad jokes and the abilities for what it takes to be an Omnium Gatherum guitarist and part of the horde – feel free to contact the band and we’ll see what future holds – Search is on!!

Email:
ogatherum@gmail.com”

Guitarist Niklas Sundin Exits Dark Tranquillity

Niklas Sundin has announced his departure from Dark Tranquillity. This news comes after the guitarist previously took a break from the band in 2016 to focus on family life.

Sundin issued the following statement:

“Hi,

As some of you know, I’ve had a break from playing with D.T. since 2016 in order to focus on family life. With the “Atoma” touring cycle now completed and a new album recording about to commence, the time is right to officially announce my departure from the band.

I’m very grateful for the experiences that the past 30 years have brought. We founded D.T. as teenagers without any musical knowledge, and somehow our songs took us all across the world, helped establish a new subgenre of metal, brought us several Grammy nominations and – more importantly – had a positive and life-altering impact on people all over the globe. This is extremely humbling, and more than what most artists ever could ask for.

However, it’s no secret that I always enjoyed the creative process more than the performance aspects of being in a band, and the required extensive touring held less and less appeal with every album. The band and the fans deserve members that want to be on the road as much as possible in order to keep the (forward) momentum going, and for this reason I prefer to step aside and direct my musical creativity towards other areas. I’ll still be involved in the visual side of D.T. and am working on the cover illustration for the next album as we speak.

I send my warmest regards to the guys in the band, the incredible crew and of course to everyone that supported us over the past three decades. As for future musical endeavours, my electronic project Mitochondrial Sun released its debut album last month, and there are several other projects and collaborations (both metal and non-metal) in the pipeline. Onwards!

/Niklas“