Skeletonwitch has announced that drummer Derrick “Mullet Chad” Nau has left the group. Drummer Tony Laureano, who has played with bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Nile, 1349, and Nachtmystium, will be filling in behind the kit temporarily. Guitarist Scott Hedrick released the following statement:

“Our good friend Tony will be playing drums on our April tour, new album, and for the foreseeable future. We’re fucking stoked to have a drummer of his caliber and experience on board. He’s a beast behind the kit and a great fucking guy as well. You can’t ask for more than that!”

After our last tour, Derrick informed us that he is putting down the drum sticks and picking up the paint brush. He is returning to art school and does not wish to be a musician anymore. We would like to thank Derrick for his years of dedication to Skeletonwitch. Though we will miss him, there is no bad blood. We will always remain great friends and wish him the best with his new endeavor.”

Skeletonwitch will be on the road with 3 Inches Of Blood, including a stint at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, starting in April. Whether Laureano will continue with the group after the tour is still unknown. We’ll keep you posted if more develops.