With their full support behind him, SOILWORK announces the departure of longtime drummer Dirk Verbeuren as he joins heavy metal legends MEGADETH as their new full-time drummer. Verbeuren has been performing with MEGADETH for months - his first show with the band was at Rock on The Range festival in May, where he performed to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.
SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid offers up his encouragement, "In regards to the statement MEGADETH released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined."
Strid continues to state that SOILWORK is charging forward, continually progressing their performance but not straying too far from their defining, signature sound, "In the recent years SOILWORK have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a clichй it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it's there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% SOILWORK, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.
Touring drummer Bastian Thusgaard is more-than-worthily filling in the ranks behind the kit this summer.
Strid adds, "Meanwhile, I'm sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I'm sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We'll be there. Thank you."
Departing drummer Dirk Verbeuren has this to say, "They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make. This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I've always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join MEGADETH- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated- I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn't have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my SOILWORK family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you're my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to MEGADETH and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I'm thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!"
Stay tuned for more news on upcoming SOILWORK tour dates, music and more - the ride continues!
Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has signed on as the manager of a Mesa, Arizona-based "alternative" act called BEFORE BRAILLE. The group, who recently issued their debut album, "The Rumor" through Aezra Records, are set to perform at The Continental in New York City on Thursday, October 31 as part of CMJ Music Marathon 2002.
To get more information on BEFORE BRAILLE and to download samples of their music, check out the group's official web site at this location.
In other news, Ellefson recently finished producing a few tracks for Minneapolis-based NUMM and is currently using the completed recordings to try and land the group a record deal.
"It was great to be back in my home state of Minnesota," Ellefson stated about the NUMM recording sessions, which took place at Oar Fin Records Studios. "The vibes were great, the music is slammin' and there was a colorful cast of characters surrounding the band, including Kilo Bale, the drummer from FLIPP."
More information on NUMM can be obtained by visiting the band's official web site at this location.