Cleveland, Ohio thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTOR have parted ways with guitarist Pat Rabid and bassist Jamie Boulder. Rabid was a founding member in 1983 and played on the band's classic "Maximum Destruction" debut album, released in 1985 via Auburn Records. Boulder joined in 2002 and appeared on the "Sonic Bullet" (2003), "Forever In Leather" (2007) and "Storm Of Steel" (2007) releases.
Commented DESTRUCTOR vocalist/guitarist Dave Overkill: "Pat Rabid has left the band, citing personal issues, and is unable to keep his position. Jamie Boulder has also decided to leave. Jamie fronts his own metal band, MIDNIGHT, and decided to bow out shortly after Pat's announcement.
"Sometimes change happens but the heart and soul of DESTRUCTOR continues to beat fast and strong. Matt [Flammable, drums] and I wish them both the best and are thankful for their years of service to the band. We will be replacing the bass and guitar positions and are looking forward to being ready to support the new record shortly. Live shows are being tentatively planned, along with select auditions in the weeks to follow. Rest assured, DESTRUCTOR is here to stay and Matt and I are positive and moving forward with conviction. Stay tuned for updates to follow and as always keep the faith!"
DESTRUCTOR is finishing up the recording of its new studio album, "Decibel Casualties", at Supernatural Sound in Kirtland, Ohio. Tomasz Scull, guitarist for the band VENOMIN JAMES and owner of the studio, is engineering.
"We've had some recording delays due to the personnel problems," adds Overkill. "There is just some vocals and a little guitar work to tweak before mixing will begin. I am confident this will be the best DESTRUCTOR release to date. There is so much energy to the songs and the production will be what our fans have come to expect from us."
DESTRUCTOR's most recent lineup (left to right in photo below):
Pat Rabid - Guitar
Jamie Boulder - Bass
Matt Flammable - Drums
Dave Overkill - Guitar, Vocals
Photo credit: Joe Kleon