Not even twelve hours into 2017 and yet another metalcore band is down a member. Drummer Sean Heenan announced on Twitter on January 1st that he and Attila have parted ways. There is no information regarding what caused the split and the band has yet to make a statement about the situation or who will be replacing Heenan behind the kit.
In Heenan’s statement he writes that this is not an end to his career in music and how drumming is his passion. “I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love and meeting all of you,” Heenan writes.
Heenan was a founding member of Attila and has been the only drummer to play with the band for the past 11 years. This now leaves vocalist Chris “Fronzilla” Fronzak as the sole founding member of the band. The two first crossed paths in high school when Heenan gave Fronzak a demo of Heenan’s band Southern Creation. Fronzak originally tried out as a bassist and was then moved to vocals.
This comes only two months after Attila released their sixth album, Chaos, their first on SharpTone Records, which peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200. Attila is set for a European tour starting January 4th as well as a headlining tour in the US with New Years Day, Bad Omens, and Cane Hill beginning on Valentine’s Day.
It seemed that 2016 was the year where drummers jumped ship with The Devil Wears Prada losing Daniel Williams, We Came as Romans losing Eric Choi, The Word Alive losing Luke Holland, and Counterparts losing Kelly Bilan. Here’s to hoping that Heenan’s departure does not start a similar trend in 2017.
An announcement about my future with Attila pic.twitter.com/BGWJzW496U
— Sean Heenan (@AtTiLaSean) January 1, 2017