Justin Reynolds, drummer of the Tampa, Florida melodic thrash outfit THE ABSENCE, was involved in a bad automobile accident last week in Sarasota, Florida. Justin sustained injuries to his neck and back and totaled his car.
"We wish our friend best of luck and a speedy recovery and hope he's back doing what he does best soon," the rest of the band said in a statement.
For the time being, THE ABSENCE's drummer position has been filled by local Tampa musician Matt Solka.
THE ABSENCE entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida in November 2009 to begin recording its third album, "Enemy Unbound", for an early 2010 release via Metal Blade Records. The CD was tracked with Brian Elliot while the mixing duties were handled by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE).
The second in a series of video clips documenting the making of the new album can THE ABSENCE's sophomore CD, "Riders of the Plague", was released on August 7, 2007 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE). Mixing duties were handled by Jonas at his Black Lounge studios in Avesta, Sweden. The CD features guest appearances by guitarists James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) and Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (WITHOUT GRIEF, EDGE OF SANITY).