Bassist Jan Bünning of German power metallers PARAGON has issued the following update:
"Long time no news, but here we go: Martin [Christian, guitar] has quit PARAGON. After all these years it was a really hard decision for him. Still, for personal reasons he was not able to give 100% [to] the band anymore.
"Of course, his decision has hit us hard but we still feel the fire of heavy metal burning in our hearts.
"To be honest, it was not easy to find two suitable shredders. However, the search is finally over. Our new PARAGON brothers are David Wieczorek (ex-STORMWARRIOR) and Wolfgang Tewes (BLACK HAWK, WHEELS OF STEEL).
"After countless rehearsals over the last month, we are sure that this choice represents the strongest lineup the band ever had. We truly feel like a real band again and we are looking forward to play some shows and start writing the next album togehter.
"The first show we will do is the mighty Swordbrothers festival [on September 11 in Andernach, Germany] where we will play a 'best-of' set with songs from most of our albums."
PARAGON 2010 is:
Andreas ''Buschi'' Babuschkin (MINOTAUR, VICE VERSA) - Lead Vocals
David Wieczorek (STORMWARRIOR) - guitar
Wolfgang Tewes (BLACK HAWK, CRYSTAL SHARK) - guitar
Jan Bünning (ASMODIS, EROSION, BLACK LAWS) - Bass
Christian Gripp (TORMENT, MEAT SHOP) - Drums
PARAGON's latest album, "Screenslaves", was released in November 2008 via Massacre Records. The CD was produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) at Black Solaris Studio in Frankfurt.
Bünning quit PARAGON after the recording of 2007's "Forgotten Prophecies" because of "musical differences" but rejoined the band last year.