Kansas City’s death/thrash metal band Ares Kingdom has announced that rhythm guitarist Doug Overbay is taking an indefinite hiatus from the band in order to address health issues.
The band is continuing as a three piece with Alex Blume on vocals/bass, Mike Miller on drums, and Chuck Keller on guitars. The line-up change will have no effect on any upcoming shows.
The band is currently in post-production for new album, “The Unburiable Dead,” in suburban Kansas City. A release is scheduled later this year through NWN! Productions in LP, Die Hard LP, CD, and picture disc formats.
Ares Kingdom formed in 1996, the year following the end of Mike and Chuck’s previous band Order from Chaos. AK’s first four years were spent as a two-piece. In 2000, Doug joined as bassist, followed soon by Alex as vocalist. In 2006, Doug switched to rhythm guitar while Alex assumed bass duties.
In addition to upcoming third full-length “The Unburiable Dead,” the band is set to release a special live picture disc entitled “Chaosmongers Alive: 8/21/2006” as part of NWN! Productions’ Onward // Ascendant warehouse fund campaign.