Guitarist Ben Orum has left Oakland, California-based extreme metallers ALL SHALL PERISH. He says in a statement, "I have given over 10 years of my blood, sweat, and tears to pursuing my dream which you all have helped fulfill. Being in ALL SHALL PERISH has been the best experience in my life, outside of being a father.
"While I am deeply saddened by my decision to leave the band it is necessary at this point in my life. As you know, I have a family and obligation to provide for them and be here. Unfortunately, I could not fulfill my duty as a touring musician any longer.
"While I am done with touring, I will never stop writing music. I am joining the extreme metal band OBLIVION as a bassist and contributing songwriter. OBLIVION's debut album will be released on January 1st, 2013. We are beyond excited to unleash it onto the metal world. I've always been into death metal and extreme music, this is my return to true death metal.
"To read more about OBLIVION, including my long history with founder/singer/composer Nick Vasallo, and to pre-order our debut CD, [go to this location].
"I would like to thank all of the fans for the love and support over the last 10 years. I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to Gerardo and Nuclear Blast Records for always believing in my music.
The remaining members of ALL SHALL PERISH state: "We wish the best to Ben and his beautiful family as he moves on to a new chapter in his life. Taking his place on rhythm guitar for the IN FLAMES tour will be Rob Maramonte from Bay Area band FALLUJAH."
ALL SHALL PERISH's fourth full-length album, "This Is Where It Ends", sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 50 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Awaken The Dreamers", opened with 5,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 126.
"This Is Where It Ends" was released in July 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The majority of the effort was recorded and mixed once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (LIGHT THIS CITY, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).