Veteran Florida death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have kicked out vocalist Brett Hoffmann and replaced him with HATE PLOW singer Kyle Simmons. Here is guitarist/founder Phil Fasciana's official statement on the matter:“For the 2nd time in his career, vocalist Brett Hoffmann has been fired from the band. In 1997 when he was asked to rejoin his former band it was under the condition that there would be no more drug use and his drinking and lifestyle would have to change. All seemed to be well for a while, but when we started to tour his bad habits returned. We have considered replacing him since March when we returned from our European Tour and he was arrested at Miami International Airport for a drug related warrant from 1995. We figured we would give him one more chance when he was released from jail in April, but nothing has changed and he has if anything become worse. We have barely seen him and have not rehearsed with him since his release. We have a new album written that we are recording after the completion of our European Tour that starts in March and we refuse to torture ourselves any further. His permanent replacement is HATE PLOW vocalist Kyle Symons. Kyle is no stranger to MALEVOLENT CREATION as most people know (HATE PLOW is Rob Barrett and Phil Fasciana's grind band) and was the only replacement we would even consider. Both Rob and myself have recorded 2 albums with Kyle and have done 2 tours with him and HATE PLOW, and we know that this will work. We have jammed MALEVOLENT songs with Kyle many times over the years and often wondered what it would be like to have someone as brutal and intense as Kyle singing for MALEVOLENT. Well, now we do!!!!!!!! And it is a f.cking great feeling! With Kyle on vocals we will be able to go to new heights of musical extremities and perform more material from our earliest releases that Brett could no longer perform. At Kyle's request we are also re-recording a few songs from our 3rd album Stillborn when we record the new album. MALEVOLENT CREATION's touring and recording plans will go on as expected and Kyle will make his debut as MALEVOLENT CREATION's frontman March 13th in England where the band begins the first leg of their European Tour with KATAKLYSM and CATASTROPHIC. This marks the beginning of a new era for MALEVOLENT CREATION, and we are very excited about the future of the band. This change will enable us to do so much more musically and will make touring a lot easier for us and all involved. On behalf of myself, Rob Barrett, Gordon Sims and Dave Culross we would like to welcome our friend Kyle Symons into the band and we look forward to our upcoming tour and the creation of our 8th full-length release The Will To Kill in May. If anyone has any doubts about Kyle's abilities as vocalist, please go to the HATE PLOW website or mp3.com and check out any song from HATE PLOW's 2 releases and your doubts will be crushed!”
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