Chimaira has parted ways with drummer Andy Herrick and quickly replaced him with Richard "Ricky" Evensand, formerly of Soilwork, the band's recent tourmate.
"It was a big blow for us," says guitarist Rob Arnold over Herrick's decision to leave. "It was definitely disappointing, but we can't hold it against him. We saw him slipping away for the past two years. He wasn't happy, and he wanted to go back to school. Chimaira's going to go on."
Evensand is in the process of moving to Cleveland from his native Germany, and the band plans to practice for two weeks before returning to Europe for a tour that kicks off January 28.
"Sometimes in our lives we get a chance to do something special. I think that for me, the opportunity to join the Chimaira family is one of those chances," Evensand said in a statement. "As I started to get to know the guys in Chimaira and their music throughout the last year, I started to get more and more into what they were doing. I think that the metal and energy on stage and on the albums make them one of the best acts there is today."
Chimaira and Soilwork, meanwhile, remain on good terms, despite Evensand's leap. "He expressed that he wasn't as happy as he could be with them," Arnold says. "He said his dream was to move to America and buy a Harley."
Chimaira plans to reissue The Impossibility of Reason as an expanded 2-disc set for sale in Europe.
· Rural North Eaton is home to a new weekly event that provides aspiring musicians with instruction and performance opportunities. The E.R. -- "Each-One-Teach-One Room -- meets at noon on Sundays at the North Eaton Christian Church (35895 Royalton Road). Call Diana Tyler at 440-458-5829 or e-mail: www.dianatyler.com.
"I've had people ask me for lessons so many times over the years," says E.R. organizer Diana Tyler, who teaches guitar and piano. "I usually tell them no and point them to a local music shop or at one of the guitarists I know. Here on the far West Side, there's so little opportunity, so we're offering a chance to connect professionals, amateurs, and people in between."
Tyler says all styles are welcome. The afternoon session consists of a half-hour of one-on-one instruction, followed by a performance segment. "It's a chance to meet people and share their skills," she says.
· Two fixtures from Cleveland's club circuit are calling it quits. The funk-rock combo Little Neddy Goes to War and political-hardcore trio Collapse will play their final shows Friday, January 16, at Lakewood's Phantasy Nite Club. Collapse plans to issue a posthumous release in February.
· Akron's Shifty Records, home to local crushers Fistula and Rue, will release the full-length debut from the promising Massachusetts band Noosebomb. Brain Food for the Braindead will drop this spring. Shiftyrecords.com describes Noosebomb as "the sound of Grief injecting caffeine into their veins while drinking beers with Celtic Frost."
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