Bassist Russell "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR for "personal" reasons. "I would like to wish the rest of the guys the best of luck with the new album and thank everyone for the support over the five years I was in the band," Russell said in an official statement. Added ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "We will all miss [Russell] and hope that we will hook up with him again, both musically and personally, down the road! Best of luck Woodsman and you kicked everyone's butt!!!!"

As previously reported, Bergquist is believed to be working on his first solo album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Among the guests musicians set to appear on the CD is THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen.

ANNIHILATOR's new album, "All For You", is tentatively due this spring through Germany's AFM Records. The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.


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