Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have tapped former JOB FOR A COWBOY and SCORPION CHILD drummer Jon Rice for their summer North American tour with SLAYER and LAMB OF GOD. Rice will be filling in for longtime BEHEMOTH drummer Inferno (real name: Zbigniew Robert Promiński).
Comments Inferno: "I am going to be a father for the second time in my life and it's going to happen in July of 2017. I therefore must apologize to all our fans for not being able to participate in the 2017 summer North American tour. I believe that Jon Rice, an amazing drummer, a truly experienced musician, and a good friend of ours, will flawlessly take over my drum throne for this short period and will set the stage on fire!"
One of extreme metal's most in-demand young drummers, Rice got his start with Pittsburgh thrashers CROWN THE LOST before joining JOB FOR A COWBOY in 2006. Rice played on JOB FOR A COWBOY's "Ruination" and "Demonocracy" albums before leaving to join Austin rockers SCORPION CHILD in 2013, where he provided drums on 2016's "Acid Roulette". Rice has also done touring stints with 1349, THE RED CHORD, REVOCATION and SIRENIA.
The six-week SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota, winding up in Phoenix, Arizona on August 20. SLAYER and LAMB OF GOD will also play Wisconsin's Rock Fest (July 13) and Rock USA (July 15) festivals, and then meet up with BEHEMOTH at the Chicago Open Air festival on July 16.
BEHEMOTH is continuing work on the follow-up to 2014's "The Satanist" album for a tentative fall 2018 release.
Last year, BEHEMOTH completed a North American tour where they played "The Satanist" in its entirety.
Photo credit: Shane "Beetle" Mayer