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Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have parted ways with bassist Marko Paasikoski.

Says Marko in a statement: “I have come to a situation in my life where being a part of a touring band is not an option for me anymore and it’s time to explore other things.

“I wish to thank all the fans and my bandmates for all the good times, great shows and adventures that we have had over the last decade. The memories from this time will stay with me forever but at the moment I don’t have the motivation or the passion that is required to be in the band so it’s better for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. I wish all the best for the guys.”

Added the remaining members of the band: “”We understand Marko‘s decision and this is, of course, a thing that we have talked about during the last tour. We appreciate Marko being a stand-up guy and finishing up the ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ world tour. Thank you, Marko, for all these years and best of luck and fortunes with your future endeaveurs. We’ll miss you, bro.

“Our new bass player is Pasi Kauppinen (SILENT VOICES, ex-REQUIEM, WINTERBORN). We’ve known him for many years and he has mixed both our DVDs as well as recorded parts of our last three studio albums. He will join the band starting with the upcoming album.

SONATA ARCTICA will start rehearsing in September and enter the studio in October. The new studio album will be out next spring with a world tour to follow.”

According to Timo Isoaho of Finland’s Soundi magazine, SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko has written around 50 songs for the follow-up to 2012’s “Stones Grow Her Name”, with plans to track and mix the effort over a three-month period.

Regarding the musical direction of SONATA ARCTICA‘s next CD, Kakko told Soundi that he has come up with some “diverse and versatile” material this time around, and that “at least the slower and heavier stuff will find its place on next record.” The band is planning to make a slightly heavier and “more metal” album than “Stones Grow Her Name”, which was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Kakko also revealed that he has composed a 10-minute song for the new SONATA ARCTICA LP, but he wasn’t sure if the track was going to make its way onto the finished product.

Released in Europe on May 18, 2012 and in North America on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records, “Stones Grow Her Name” was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort was released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.


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Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH are hard at work on pre-production for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album, “The Epigenesis”. In addition, the band has parted ways with longtime guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of MELECHESH for eight months while he has been focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will fill the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius (pictured below).

MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new lineup on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band’s North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: “I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of MELECHESH because we needed to have an active guitar player. He fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with MELECHESH and music — nothing else. In fact, we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance. Like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family. I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

“A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past, I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family , companies, governments, kingdoms all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way, we all think change is not good in such cases. On the contrary, it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone. Anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands, so it’s all good.

“I am a very loyal person — anyone with over two brain cells knows this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it…) — but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of MELECHESH.

“You can also hear some of Aybar‘s (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh’ where he did the entire soundtrack for this film.”


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Ireland’s Broken Remnants has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band’s vocalist: “OK, so here’s the big news: As of today, our lead vocalist, Cian Clesham, will no longer be a part of Broken Remnants. “We’d like to add at this point that there are no hard feelings, and Cian has left to pursue his film-making career. We wish him all the best, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors

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Danish modern metal outfit Raunchy has released the following statement about the departure of singer Kasper Thomsen: “Sadly Kasper has decided to leave the band. No drama whatsoever and we wish him the best of luck in the future

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Longtime Gallows guitarist (and brother of original frontman Frank) Steph Carter has left the band.

“Steph has left Gallows and we wish him the best of luck with his future projects,” say the band in a statement on the official Gallows Facebook. We will be moving on as a four piece like the early days. First stop Australia.”

Gallows latest, self-titled album dropped last year.

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The Faceless, which released new album “Autotheism” last year, has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer: “To clear the air on a few details, The Faceless has decided to part ways with drummer Lyle Cooper due to a growing difference in the level of commitment to the project. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we’re sure he’ll continue to be successful with music. “Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Alex Rudinger is our new full time drummer

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Ohio act Winterhymn has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band’s bassist and drummer: “After much discussion and debate, Sieven and Warg have decided to part ways with the fellowship of Winterhymn to pursue other conquests and we wish them the best of luck.

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Ohio act Winterhymn has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band’s bassist and drummer: “After much discussion and debate, Sieven and Warg have decided to part ways with the fellowship of Winterhymn to pursue other conquests and we wish them the best of luck. “Our loyal legions can rest assured that Winterhymn IS continuing to move forward with Ulfr, Draug, Exura, and Umbriel at the helm and that we are hard at work writing more material for the next release which we can’t wait to share with you! “This means that we will also be looking to bring on a new drummer and bassist! If you are interested or if you have any recommendations for us, please message this page or email us at We are seeking talented, hardworking, loyal, career-minded individuals, ideally who reside in reasonable proximity to the Cincinnati area, who have some experience with live music performance, their own gear, who can travel and perform with us on weekends and summers, and who can stand their ground in the face of Draug’s formidable armor-stench and Umbriel’s drinking challenges.

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Prog metal act To-Mera has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Paul Westwood: “As some of you may have noticed from the Classic Prog interview, we have recently parted ways with our drummer Paul Westwood – Paul decided it was time for him to pursue alternative musical avenues. “We are grateful for all the great times & wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours! As for what this means for To-Mera, that is to be seen…we might just take a little break and concentrate on other (new?) projects for a while.

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U.K. act Impaled Existence has posted the following message online about parting ways with bassist Sam Walker:

“As sad as it is, IMEX and Sam Walker are parting ways. We would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Sam for all the hard work, hard drinking and hard bantering he has put in over the last 4 years, he will be greatly missed as part of this band and this decision in no way affects our friendship with Sam, who is, and always will be a brother. Sam, best of luck in the future buddy and we will catch up with you soon.”

Sam also commented: “Hey guys, this may be a shock to you all but I have decided to part ways with Impaled. It has come to the time in my life where I feel that I need to move on and try new things.

“I’ve spent the best 4 years of my life with these guys, traveled the whole of the UK, played Download and also Bloodstock. I’ve learnt so much from them. I would like thank EVERYONE who has helped me and the band along over this time, the support from you guys has been unreal.

“Thanks again!”

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