Californian gore-metallers EXHUMED have announced the addition of Canadian drummer Matt Connell (ex-FUCK THE FACTS, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR) to the group's ranks.
"EXHUMED would like to extend a 'fuck yeah!' to Connell, who replaces founding member Col Jones (who left the band in 2003, shortly after the recording of 'Anatomy is Destiny')," the group write on their web site.
Commented Connell: "I'm totally stoked! It's awesome to be part of a band I have always held in such high regard. I look forward to helping the guys unleash some good ol' gore fuckin' metal upon the masses."
The other Matt in the band, sole remaining original member Matt Harvey, welcomed Connell aboard. "Mike (Beams, guitar and vocals) and I are both excited to be finally solidifying a permanent line-up, and the other Matt is going to be a killer addition to the band. While the Canadian jokes will undoubtedly fly fast and furious in the tour van, no one will be joking when they hear some seriously intense one-foot blasts from this guy! I personally guarantee that it will be a total autopsy holocaust doss of maddening mega-grinding!"
Connell will make his recording debut with EXHUMED this December when the band are scheduled to record an album of covers, to be titled "Regurgitated Requiems: Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated". The album is slated to feature covers from SIEGE, MASTER, METALLICA, HEXX, EPIDEMIC, UNSEEN TERROR, AMEBIX, SADUS, SAMHAIN, G.B.H., THE CURE, and others to be announced soon.
Since the departure of Col Jones, who provided percussion for the band from 1991-2003, EXHUMED has enlisted the services of Danny Walker (of UPHILL BATTLE and CINEMA STRANGE) and death metal hired gun John Longstreth (currently touring with DYING FETUS) on various tours throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, and Iceland.
In other news, EXHUMED will film their February 11-12, 2005 shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA for an upcoming DVD. The first night will be with DECEASED (their first West Coast show ever!) and CRETIN (this will be the first show of Col from EXHUMED's new band) and the second night will be with PHOBIA and CRETIN. The band plan to play different sets each night to get the most comprehensive track listing for the video as possible, so expect all the "hit singles" as well as some rarely heard gems from througout the band's discography and other surprises throughout the night. Any requests for seldom/never-before-played live songs can be sent to [email protected] "We hope to see a lot of slaughtercultists and necromaniacs there and we guarantee that it will be a night to remember for all in attendance!" the band write in a statement.