German cult thrashers EXUMER have parted ways with guitarist/second vocalist Paul Arakaki and session drummer J.P. Rapp. Guitarist H.K. and drummer Matthias Kassner, who were both recruited for EXUMER's last European tour, have joined the band on a full-time basis.
Commented vocalist Mem V. Stein: "It has been an amazing two years for us since our reformation in 2008. We have been able to play all the festivals and shows we wanted to in the past two years, even without label or industry backing. We are now looking forward to return to Europe in the fall and are excited to appear at this year's Way Of Darkness festival [in early October in Lichtenfels/Germany]. Unfortunately, Paul cannot be a part of this band's journey anymore, since he has decided that the travel/touring requirements from his native Hawaii are too rigorous for him. We accept his decision and support him with all his future plans. However, we are pleased to welcome guitarist H.K. and drummer Matthias Kassner to the fold. Both of them helped us out tremendously during our last European tour earlier this spring. H.K. and Matthias are more than capable musicians in their own right and will surely contribute to the band's future endeavors, especially with recording the new EXUMER album that is scheduled to be released early 2011."