VANDERHOOF, led by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, have parted ways with keyboardist Brian Cokeley on the eve of the release of the group's sophomore full-length effort, A Blur In Time. According to the group's official web site, "[Brian's] personal life is requiring more attention than in years past, and he is unable to fully commit to VANDERHOOF at this point. After weighing all the options, Brian decided to step aside so that the band could continue on without restraint. He is a good friend to all involved and will be missed. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and hope to work with him again someday."Filling Brian's shoes is no easy task, but we've found someone who is very capable of capturing the classic VANDERHOOF sound on the keys. We extend a welcoming hand to our newest member Jeff Powell, a multi-talented musician who not only plays keyboards, but a variety of other instruments as well. Jeff has been playing, singing, recording, engineering and producing for over 20 years, and brings with him the talent and knowledge that will make his transition into VANDERHOOF a seamless one." As previously reported, A Blur In Time is VANDERHOOF's second album in five years and the first to feature new singer Drew Hart (ex-TIMELESS HALL). A July 29th release through Germany's SPV/Steamhammer Records is expected.
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.