Dutch "atmospheric doomsters" OFFICIUM TRISTE have parted ways with drummer Ronald Lagerwaard and have replaced him with Niels Jordaan (IN AGE AND SADNESS). The band states, "Ronald simply couldn't commit to the plans we have concerning OFFICIUM TRISTE's future. Because of this we had to make a difficult decision as we really appreciated Ronald as a person and as a skilled drummer."As a band we do want to perform live on a regular basis and that simply wasn't possible due to logistics and personal affairs." Regarding Ronald's replacement, OFFICIUM TRISTE says, "After some serious brainstorming who would be an ideal drummer, we decided to ask Niels Jordaan, who in the past pounded the drums for the now-defunct band IN AGE AND SADNESS. Since we shared the stage with IN AGE AND SADNESS several times in the past, we knew Niels would be a good replacement. Niels gladly accepted our offer and we are currently rehearsing material with Niels." In other news, OFFICIUM TRISTE is currently writing material for its fifth full-length album. The band says, "Right now we have plenty of ideas for 6-to-7 new songs and it's coming along nicely. We hope to finish the album before the summer and have it released this fall. This will be our last album under the current contract with Displeased Records. "At this moment we are also negotiating a couple of festival appearances later this year. More news about those performances is expected soon." OFFICIUM TRISTE's fourth full-length album, "Giving Yourself Away", was released on May 28, 2007 via Displeased Records. The CD was recorded at Excess studio in Rotterdam, Holland.