Dutch death/thrash metal act DETONATION has parted ways with drummer Thomas Kalksma. Kalksma was one of the original founders of the band and had been part of DETONATION for over ten years.
Commented the band: "It was a very hard decision to make, but in the end both Thomas and the band agreed it would be better to part ways. We've had differences of opinion on the future of DETONATION and these differences eventually were too strong to overcome. There are no hard feelings mutually and DETONATION wish Thomas all the best for his future musical career."
Thomas added: "I regret and feel very glad simultaneously to be leaving DETONATION. After a lot of big ups and downs in this band, I feel that the above-mentioned differences in opinion took away my passion for this band. Despite the fact that I've been jamming with Koen even before DETONATION started, and the fact that I've put alot of effort in this band, I felt a huge need for change during the past months. Therefore I'll move forward and will focus on my other musical activities. I'm also open to interesting offers. I want to thank all bookers, promoters, media and festivalorganisers and most importantly all FANS I have contact with. You are great and you haven't seen the last of me."
DETONATION will continue writing material for its fourth studio album. However, the band is now in search for a new drummer. If you have the skills, determination and personality the group is looking for, contact DETONATION via [email protected]
Video footage of DETONATION performing the song "Into Sulphur I Descend" live at the Heavy X-Mass Fest at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands on December 23, 2007 can be viewed below.
DETONATION's latest effort, "Emission Phase", was released on April 30, 2007. The CD was recorded with Split Second Sound's Jochem Jacobs (also guitar player for TEXTURES) and Bouke Visser. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor.
"Emission Phase" is DETONATION's third and final album for French underground label Osmose Productions.