While many started off 2012 by turning over a new leaf, a lot of bands started the year out by turning over a member. There were enough lineup changes in the past week or so to staff an entirely new band. Of course the departure of Howard Jones is the biggest news so far this week, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one.
For one, Oceano have announced that with the departure of vocalist Adam Warren that they won’t be continuing on. According to Metal Sucks, Warren even made a Facebook post alluding to Jones’ split, saying “If Killswitch can go on after 9 years and 3 albums without Mr. Jones on vox… Why couldn’t a certain band without me (2 albums and a mere 3 years).” And after first joking around on Facebook (“hey Howard… send us your demo”) Oceano yesterday stated that they’ll be done after the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest.
Molotov Solution also announced in a press release that it has parted ways with founding member/guitarist Robbie Pina. Until a permanent replacement is chosen, friend and recent touring member Cody Jarvis will take over Pina’s guitar duties. Unlike Oceano, though, they’re staying together. “After recently taking some time off for personal reasons, Robbie has decided to step down,” the band stated. “For now, we are calling on our friend Cody Jarvis to fill his place until we find a full time replacement. Anyone worried about musical material differences will not be disappointed, especially if you are a fan of Insurrection. Anyone worried about the future of the band, don’t be; it has never held brighter things for us. Stay tuned for spring plans…”
And new Century Media signing Rise To Remain didn’t even make it out of the starting gate before undergoing ineup changes. The band’s debut album, City of Vultures, isn’t landing until June 5th, but the band had a sweet tour lined up opening for Machine Head. However, they just got rid of their rhythm section, with bassist Joe Copcutt and drummer Pat Lundy, which means they’ll have to scrap their touring plans. No replacements have been named yet.
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