Former THE RED CHORD drummer Brad Fickeisen has released the following statement regarding his departure from the band:
"There is no easy way to go about leaving a busy band with plans in constant motion, but a little abruptly, I chose to depart from manning the kit for THE RED CHORD.
"I have had a great time for the past five years with these guys, and wouldn't exchange it for anything.
"Touring is tough; everyone who's done it knows that.
"To keep it relatively short, I want to thank Greg, Guy, and Mike, and wish them the best of luck in the future. I will still be around in the music world.
"Thank you to everyone that I met along the way, and thank you to my friends and family for all of your support."
THE RED CHORD will perform with original drummer Michael Justian at all upcoming shows. Justian has not publicly performed with the group since the Maryland Deathfest of 2004.
Justian left THE RED CHORD at the end of 2003, joined UNEARTH in 2004 and also spent time filling in for TRAP THEM, EARTH CRISIS, SHAI HULUD and 108 in the interim.
The first show with the adjusted lineup will be this Wednesday, February 10 at the Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee before meeting up with MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE, CHELSEA GRIN and THOSE WHO LIE BENEATH on the "Burgers and Bowling Tour".
"Fed Through the Teeth Machine", the fourth full-length album from THE RED CHORD, sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 180 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Fed Through the Teeth Machine" was released on October 27, 2009 in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Jonny Fay Backyard Studios, which is owned by the band's former guitarist Jonny Fay, and it was mixed and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with HATEBREED and SHADOWS ALL, among others.
THE RED CHORD is:
Guy Kozowyk - Vocals
Mike "Gunface" McKenzie - Guitar
Greg Weeks - Bass
Michael Justian - Drums