North Carolina thrashers SANCTITY have issued the following update:
"Yes, the rumors are true, Jared [MacEachern; vocals, rhythm guitar] and Derek [Anderson, bass] have left SANCTITY for personal reasons. Originally we were planning to announce the addition of Brian Stephenson (ex-ANNIHILATOR) on guitar during the SONATA ARCTICA tour, but things have changed in the last two months. Jared just had a beautiful baby girl in December and decided that being a good father was the most important thing and SANCTITY agrees. During this time Derek had a situation at home and came to a mutual decision to leave SANCTITY as well.
"Despite having two members leave, SANCTITY continues instead of flaking out and dropping off a tour we were obligated to. Brian stepped up as our new vocalist and we have hometown friends Zach Jordan and Scott Smith (both in ABOVE THE MEANS) filling in on guitar and bass respectively.
"Perseverance is nothing new to SANCTITY, we've dealt with everything from gear being stolen, being stranded in Wisconsin, bus accidents and now this.
"Once SANCTITY is back home we'll be deciding on a permanent lineup, but we're having a blast tearing it up in Canada with SONATA ARCTICA, braving this crazy -55 degree weather."
SANCTITY supporting SONATA ARCTICA (remaining dates):
Feb. 11 - The Warehouse, Calgary, Canada
Feb. 13 - Plaza Club, Vancouver, Canada
Feb. 14 - El Corazón, Seattle, WA
Feb. 15 - The Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
Feb. 16 - The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
Feb. 18 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 19 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
SANCTITY's video for the song "Beloved Killer" can be viewed below. The clip was shot in Asheville, NC with director Ramon Boutviseth. The track comes off the band's Roadrunner Records debut, "Road to Bloodshed", which hit stores in April 2007.