Milton Keynes tech-metal five-piece Heart Of A Coward sadly part ways with vocalist Jamie Graham.
After appearing on three studio albums, including 2015’s pulverising Deliverance, Graham decided to step down as the band’s front man. In a decision that he reveals was, "with a heavy heart", Graham has stated that his choice was a conscious decision to, "focus on his work and spend more time with his family," according to teamrock.com.
In a statement made on their official Facebook page, the band has these words of encouragement for their ex-bandmate and to reassure fans that this was not the end of HOAC:
"We know that it wasn’t an easy decision for him to make but we respect his decision and support his choice to focus on his work and spend more time with his family.
"This certainly doesn’t mean the end of Heart Of A Coward. We are currently working hard on Album 4 and will come back stronger and heavier than ever before.
"Thank you for everyone’s continued support up to this point and we hope that you stick with us on the next steps on our journey."
If you think you have what it takes to fill those shoes, you can email the band at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The band are currently working on album number four. More news as we follow up this story later in the year.
Behemoth’s Adam "Nergal" Darski has debuted his new video ‘Cross My Heart And Hope To Die’ for his dark blues-country project Me And That Man.
If you think this step in a softer direction for the black metal connoisseur – think again. Taken from the not yet released album ‘Songs Of Love And Death’, this side project has been described by the vocalist as what heavy music, "should be."
The video sees Darski as the man in black, wondering the desert wasteland of the old west as a "Man Without A Name" meets the grim reaper sort of vibe. Working with British/Polish musician John Porter, Darski had this to say about his first solo up album to blabbermouth.com:
"This is a side-project, but I don't really know what it's going to grow into. The idea was just to get this music out to people. There's no hidden agenda. It is what it is, and if you like it, it's cool. If you don't, that's cool too. This is the battle we've already won."
Dates are planned across Europe in March and US shows in April/May.
‘Songs Of Love And Death’ is out March 24 via Cooking Vinyl
Tool have indicated more tour dates to be added for later this year.
The mega-cult quartet have indicated that there could well be more Tool dates on their way. No specifics as of yet, apart from the one confirmed show at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park, New York, for June 4.
Announcing this on their Facebook page, considering that Tool are known for teasing and pranking their fans, it is very hard to tell whether they will follow through or not. Only time will tell.
Taking into account that singer Maynard James Keenan has started laying down his vocals for their new album, following up to 2006’s ‘10,000 Days’, it is a strong sign that this year could belong to Tool. Stay tuned for updates.