This week saw it’s fair share of bands playing metal musical chairs with their lineups. First up is Darkest Hour. The DC metalcore group have been playing without bassist Paul Burnette for over a year now. However, Darkest Hour officially confirmed that Burnette is out for good and permanently replaced by Salome’s Aaron Deal, issuing the following statement:
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist Paul Burnette. Paul’s presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we’ll be eternally grateful. Although Paul will continue thrashing to live in the new powerhouse Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever. We love you, dude!
As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex-Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He’s rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it’s safe to say, he’s a true bro. We couldn’t ask for a more badass addition to the dudes. Of all this craziness Aaron states: ”As a long-time friend of all the dudes, I think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit. I’ve definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can’t wait to take this party to the next level!”
Meanwhile, Chelsea Grin have confirmed their own lineup change. This time, it’s drummer Andrew Carlston who is leaving. The deathcore band had the following to say about Carlston’s departure:
“So you have probably started hearing that Andrew is no longer in Chelsea Grin. This is true and we wish Andrew the best of luck in his future endeavors. We do have a new drummer playing for us on Warped Tour and we can’t wait to hang out with all of you!”
While an official reasoning has not been given, Lambgoat does recall that Carlston just had a daughter and likely wants to spend more time with his new family. His departure does come at an odd time, though, with Chelsea Grin’s new EP Evolve comes out on June 19. However, it’s good to hear that they’ve found a new drummer in time for their stint on this year’s Warped Tour.
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