Countess Parts With Keyboard Player Herjann

Countess just issued the following announcement online about parting ways with the band’s keyboardist:

“We have to announce that our keyboard player Herjann and the band have decided to part ways.
Because of his many activities and his geographical distance to the rest of the band, it was no longer possible for him to rehearse with us as often as we collectively deemed necessary.

“Herjann joined Countess early in 2014 and played a significant role in the band’s return to the stage that year. His contribution to the band and the good times we had together will not be forgotten. We wish him all the best in the future with his many endeavours.”

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Urizen Parts With Drummer Julio Escamilla

Texas band Urizen just issued the following statement online about parting ways with the group’s drummer:

“Friends, it is with sadness that we announce that we are parting ways with our long-time brother, drummer, and co-founding Urizen member Julio Escamilla. We have reached a point where our lives are leading us in different directions, and it is no longer possible for Julio to continue on with the band.

“We are parting on good terms, and there are no words to express the value that Julio has brought to this project with his skills as a drummer, his friendship, and his commitment to furthering the UriCause throughout the years. Be on the lookout for his insanely fast feet to show up in new and exciting musical projects very soon!

“We would also like to announce that we will be joined on all upcoming endeavors by our good buddy Nolan McCormick, who filled in behind the kit for Julio during our 25-date tour with Psychostick and Downtown Brown this past spring. Nolan brings his own set of killer skills to the table, and we’re looking forward to continuing to rock with him as we barrel down this crazy robo-filled path we’re on!

“We’ve got lots of fun stuff to share with you all soon, but for now, please join us in thanking Julio for everything he’s done for this band since we first jammed on Dimmu Borgir covers with him all those years ago! Never stop a-rockin’, dudes and dudettes!”

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