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  • New IN FLAMES Drummer JOE RICKARD Joins PEARL Drums Artist Roster
    Posted on September 27, 2016 at 05:07

    Pearl Drums has welcomed a stellar new member to its famed artist roster, drummer Joe Rickard. Joe was voted one of the up-and-coming drummers and one of the rising stars of the past few years and was just announced as the new timekeeper for Swedish metal titans IN FLAMES. From February to April of 2016, IN FLAMES recorded its newest album, "Battles", with legendary producer Howard Benson, who introduced them to one of his trusted and extremely talented studio drummers, Joe Rickard. Joe had formerly been a member of Grammy-nominated RED, toured with numerous bands such as ISLANDER and RED, and has played drums on many successful albums for artists such as RED, VAMPS, STARSET, Brian "Head" Welch and IN FLAMES' upcoming album, "Battles". Performing and recording with RED gave Joe the opportunity to play some of his dream shows like "The Conan OʼBrien Show" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". Most importantly, it gave him a creative freedom that went far beyond being "just the drummer." Encounter Joe off the stage, and you're probably going to run into someone who's either just come from practicing, studying or writing, or is on his way there now. He's that into it. "I love watching really great drummers and trying to figure out what they do", Joe explains. "I also spend a lot of time recording, writing and working on parts. Being consistent every show is what I strive for. "I asked for a drum kit when I was 13 and I was absolutely hooked; obsessed, even," Joe remembers. Joe currently lives in Los Angeles and is in and out of the studio doing sessions for major producers. You might have seen him out on the road also though, playing for many different artists. Joe says: "I love being able to play for so many different artists. From hip-hop, singer/songwriter, pop, rock, and, of course, metal. It's really keeping me on my toes going from gig to gig. Always pushing myself to get better. I love drums, it's what I enjoy the most. I am so grateful to be doing what I love to do and working with amazing people and I am extremely honored that Pearl is welcoming me to the Pearl family. It's definitely an exciting time in my life and I can't wait to get all of this started!" Joe will be playing the highly acclaimed Pearl Reference series. Sonically, it's looks, plus the fact the gear needs to endure IN FLAMES' heavy touring schedule still making sure it performs each and every gig, the Reference series will fit the high Swedish standards of IN FLAMES just perfectly — together with Joe it will be the solid backbone of the band. Joe continues: "I'm a huge fan of Pearl Reference series — the sound, the look. It's exactly what I'm wanting to play on stage and be part of the look and sound of IN FLAMES." […]

  • THE KENNEDY VEIL Announces New Vocalist, Prepares To Enter Studio
    Posted on September 27, 2016 at 04:48

    Sacramento, California's modern death metal extremists THE KENNEDY VEIL have welcomed a brand new vocalist to their ranks. Monte Barnard, best known for his time spent as the high-energy frontman for tech-death shredders ALTERBEAST, as well as his live stints with Aussie deathcore titans THY ART IS MURDER, will take the reigns as the new frontman for THE KENNEDY VEIL moving forward. Monte had the following to say about joining THE KENNEDY VEIL: "I could not be more excited to be working with THE KENNEDY VEIL. I've known these guys for years and played with all of their respective projects prior to THE KENNEDY VEIL. As a whole, they make up one of the hardest-working, most driven bands in the industry, never compromising. "I have been somewhat of a hired gun for different projects over the last few years, so when they approached me to be the new permanent vocalist, I instantly agreed. The chance to put my creative stamp on such strong material with my close friends would be moronic to pass up. "We've matured as musicians from different backgrounds and influences that, mixed together, are creating a truly memorable album. I can't wait to show the world what we've been crafting and to hit the road in 2017. Hails!" THE KENNEDY VEIL had the following to say about having Monte join the band, as well as their amicable parting with former vocalist, Taylor Wientjes: "We know people have been asking, so to clear things up and squash any potential rumors, we parted ways with Taylor earlier this summer due solely to creative differences. There is no bad blood and we are all still friends. Taylor is the permanent vocalist for INANIMATE EXISTENCE, and we are great friends with all of them as well and wish them and Taylor all the best. Having said that, we are super excited to announce that Monte Barnard has joined us as our permanent vocalist moving forward. Monte is a beast and we're definitely stoked to have him laying down vocals on the new record and bringing his high-energy stage presence to our live shows as well. We're all from the same general areas in and around Sacramento and have been fans of his work for years, and we can't wait to see how his high level of energy and creative approach to lyrics will help push us to the next level in the realm of death metal. "2017 is definitely ushering in a brand new, extra brutal era for THE KENNEDY VEIL and we look forward to hitting the road again and seeing you all soon!" Monte will make his live debut with THE KENNEDY VEIL on October 15 at the Zombie Ball in Lake Tahoe, California, supporting heavy hitters CATTLE DECAPITATION (Metal Blade) and MANTAR (Nuclear Blast). THE KENNEDY VEIL is currently finishing up the writing process for the follow-up to "Trinity Of Falsehood", to be recorded later this year, with tentative dates scheduled for late November and early December. A spring 2017 release via Unique Leader Records is expected. […]

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