SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel has officially left DEF:IGNITION, his short-lived collaboration with ex-UNDER/VICE guitarist Jack Cargile, former DEFIANCE/UNDER bassist Mike Kaufmann and ex-UNDER drummer Hugo."This decision comes at a weird time in my life," Esquivel explained to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Now that SKINLAB will be taking a break for awhile, my next musical step must be the right one. I have tons of ideas going on in my head. Now that I'm playing guitar, doors that have been closed for so long are now starting to open and it feels great! As of now, I have about seven songs and tons of loose ends. I just need to find the right musicians with the same vision! Not to take away from the [DEF:IGNITION] guys, because I had a killer time jamming with them — I just want to take things in a different direction than I'd seen it going. "I will be in need of a singer [for my new band], as I'm looking forward to backing off the mic and concentrating on guitar in this project," Steev continued. Although I've been talking to a few people that look promising, I don't want to fall short of finding the 'sick' frontman! So the search shall continue! "Musically I'm going for a heavy rock vibe, but I want to incorporate different sounds and textures along the lines of DEAD CAN DANCE and 'old' SISTERS OF MERCY. I've always been into moody kinda music.., One of the coolest bands that I bought lately was the new OPETH record, I was just blown away by the intensity of the music. If I can incorporate that with a little more energy, I will have succeeded in creating this project." Interested musicians can contact Steev at [email protected] In other news, Esquivel has announced plans to form a new project with SKINLAB guitarist Steve "Snake" Green and PISSING RAZORS members Rick Valles (bass) and Eddy Garcia (drums). "We have no name yet," said Steev. "All we know is it's gonna be brutal!" More information will be made available during the coming months.