Boston-based hardcore/metal band BURY YOUR DEAD has officially parted ways with guitarist Eric Ellis due to "medical reasons and personality differences." His replacement in the group is longtime friend and (for some) former bandmate Chris Towning, who began appearing in Ellis' place at shows in late March.
Commented the band: "When a person's attitude and lifestyle change for the worse, there comes a time to let go and move on. A team is only as strong as its weakest link."
Towning had the following to say regarding his addition to BURY YOUR DEAD: "They were always one of my favorite bands to begin with, and we had been friends for awhile through bands and stuff. I'm here to have fun. I think that's really what this band is about."
Milwaukee cops in February 2008 arrested a 19-year-old man accused of being part of a hammer- and bat-wielding mob that attacked Eric Ellis after a local BURY YOUR DEAD show.
According to BostonHerald.com, police say at least five men toting bats and hammers approached Ellis outside the club following the February 16 concert and snatched a bag of jewelry from him. Ellis chased the thieves and was assaulted, Milwaukee police spokesman Officer Bobby Lindsey said.
In a statement, the band said the attack was part of a "gang initiation." Lindsey said police had no evidence the incident was gang-related.
BURY YOUR DEAD's latest, self-titled album sold 4,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release in March 2008 to debut at position No. 176 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded at Florida's Audiohammer Studios, the exact facility where their previous release, "Beauty and the Breakdown", was conceived. BURY YOUR DEAD also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition.
BURY YOUR DEAD performing in Münster, Germany - April 2008: