DOWN THE DRAIN — the Buffalo, New York-based quintet featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION singer Brett Hoffmann — has parted ways with drummer Shane Rizziano. "[Shane] has played with our guitar player Chris Benbenek for more than 10 years in a number of bands — they're like brothers — so this was the hardest on him, but what is done is done and we wish him well," the group writes in a statement.The band continues, "We recently recruited Leo Gastle to fill the drums duties for the band and help finish writing and recording the music for our second CD ('Ground Pounder'). We're hoping to be in the studio sometime in April. Just waiting on the offical date on that. We'll be doing it again with Doug White and Watchmen studios in Lockport, New York. "The people in the Buffalo/Western New York area will know Leo from the PANTERA tribute band DRIVEN! Leo got to play with Dimebag the night before he was murdered. They played 'Walk' together in front of a sell-out crowd in downtown Buffalo... Something he will never forget, he said." DOWN THE DRAIN released ts debut album, "Dying Inside", on September 18, 2007 via the Arctic Music Group. The CD was recorded at Watchmen studios in Lockport, New York with producer Doug White (SNAPCASE, EARTH CRISIS, IT DIES TODAY, EVERY TIME I DIE). Check out audio samples at this location. Fan-filmed video footage of DOWN THE DRAIN's September 16, 2007 concert at Club Infinity in Buffalo can be viewed below.
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