Exhorder have parted ways with founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella. While the reason is uncertain, the group announced it was a mutual decision. The NOLA thrashers plan to move forward as planned, including their tour with Overkill, which kicks off this Wednesday (26th).
The band issued the following statement:
“Exhorder and guitarist Vinnie LaBella have mutually agreed to part ways. We wish the best for Vinnie moving forward. Exhorder will continue business as usual, and we are excited to perform our touring and recording obligations for 2020 and beyond. The band can’t wait to see everyone on the “Wings Over the USA” tour featuring Overkill/Exhorder/Hydraform in the upcoming weeks!”
We are surprised by this sudden departure. Especially since the group just released their new single “The Man That Never Was.” We caught up with LaBella over the summer to discuss Exhorder’s first album in 27 years, Mourn the Southern Skies. During that time, LaBella seemed hopeful on his future with the group, expressing:
“I have a ton of rifts left over. I got a catalog of songs with riffs that I can feed off of for a while. But, I’m constantly like “I’m already about five ideas into the next record.” So we got a good head start. There’s still a lot of music to come from us. So we’re not done by a long shot. Matter of fact, we were talking the other day, this feels like our first record instead of our third because it’s been so long.”