Chelsea Grin just launched an all new track featuring an all new vocalist in Tom Barber (now previously of Lorna Shore). It’s very damn heavy. You can watch the music video for this just below and check out the many statements from related entities below that.
Chelsea Grin had a lot to say about this:
Shit-talkers, rejoice! There is a lot of news to be shared from the CG camp, much of it bittersweet. For some time now, our band has wandered through what felt like hell and back. Medical conditions, personal pressures, tour conflicts and more. It is not in our nature to let this get the best of us, so we always have and will carry on headstrong and determined.
Alex Koehler has opted to part ways with the band following his recent time spent in rehab and the life changes he’s made in newly found sobriety. We are all at a mutual understanding that the nomadic and trying nature of touring is much too volatile of an environment for a recovering alcoholic. He has made huge strides forward in shaping a new and positive lifestyle, and we will always do our part to support our friend and brother. We are still very close, of course, and it goes without saying that we wish him all the strength and willpower needed to continue his inspiring progress. We ask that all of you respectfully do the same for Alex.
Furthermore, last year Jacob Harmond parted ways with the band; you may have noticed via social media or on our most recent Never Say Die tour. Jacob recently had his second of two children, and has found his passion redirected toward family and personal goals. Again, his parting was carried out entirely amicably and with absolutely no hard feelings. As with Alex, we will forever support Jacob and his family, and will always remain close friends.
Surely this all comes as heavy news to our supporters and long time fans, but we want to confidently reassure that Chelsea Grin remains strong. During the recording process, we were faced with the challenge of pushing past obstacles to finish creating an album we were already so emotionally invested in. We had to weigh all options realistically, but abandoning our passion was never one. Our good friend and ally, Tom Barber, has stepped up to the plate to help us achieve a sound we had never imagined. His talent and drive allowed us a renewed energy, making the choice clear. Please provide Tom a warm welcome into the band, and saddle up for a darker, more aggressive sound than you’ve heard from us yet.
At this point, we are done cycling faces through the band for both your sakes and ours; we will be carrying on live as a four piece. After finding our strongest sound yet, we want to avoid confusion and a shift from the current creative focus, in addition to adding yet another face to a seemingly ever-changing lineup. We will absolutely be delivering the same crushing performance and presence as always.
All of that being said, we present to you Dead Rose, the first single off of our upcoming album, Eternal Nightmare. Welcome to a new era of Chelsea Grin.
Catch us all summer long on Warped Tour at the Monster Mutant Red Dawn stage performing both new and old material. We assure you that you won’t want to miss it.
Likewise, Lorna Shore had the following to say:
A chapter of this band has been shut forever. However, our story has just began to unfold.
there is no way we could ever turn our backs on the people who have made this band who we are. our loyal fanbase across the globe.
be ready for the new era
we aren’t going anywhere
– Austin, Adam, Connor
New vocalist Tom Barber also had the following to say of this:
I know you all have some questions but I’m gonna keep this short and sweet! I love anyone who has supported me over the years with my musical endeavors your support has kept me from dark times and for that I am forever grateful, Lorna shore will always be one of my greatest feats I have done in my life but like all things people grow and people grow apart and I no longer felt a calling for Lorna I wish them the best in all they do! Their vocalist they have lined up will continue to deliver the Lorna sound you grew with over the years! This is a new era for me join me or not the empire will only grow. #chelseagrin
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