Contrary to a recent press release issued by guitarist Brian Malone, Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have not parted ways with drummer Aantar Lee Coates and are instead pressing forward without the contributions of Malone, who is said to have been asked to leave the group shortly after the completion of their recent European tour.In addition to DIABOLIC founding members Coates, Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and guitarist Jerry Mortellaro from the band's latest CD "Vengeance Ascending", the band have reunited with original guitarist and PESSIMIST founder Kelly McLauchlin, who appeared on the group's 1996 demo. "DIABOLIC feels this change is necessary, for the direction in which Brian was headed no longer reflects the true integrity demanded by the Unholy Black Death Metal Underground," the band said in an official statement. "In spite of our artistic differences, we wish Brian the best of luck." DIABOLIC are currently writing the material for their upcoming CD, "Torrential Reign", tentatively due later in the year. A new official DIABOLIC web site (www.diabolic666.com) will be launched soon. View a photo of the current DIABOLIC lineup, taken earlier this month in Tampa, Florida, at this location.