Drummer Jim Austin and singer Chris Krall were forced to leave Canadian progressive death metal progenies INTO ETERNITY due to "financial reasons," according to a posting by Austin on the band's official message board. "We simply have no money and need to work," Jim said. "INTO ETERNITY needs to tour and we cannot afford to go right now. I have had an excellent seven years with the band and wish them all the best and hope to see this band have huge success and the recognition it deserves."
With regards to the band's current status, guitarist Rob Doherty said, "This band is at the point where it needs to tour, period. We won't get into what we tried to do to make this happen for all but rather what we are doing. We are touring... The band will be just fine!! We haven't worked this hard to just quit. Things are going well, Chris and Jim will be missed by all of us, but the reality is we have to tour! To pass up a trip to Europe and tour so many cool countries with some great bands is something we can't afford not to do. [Guitarist] Tim [Roth] has taken over the vox like before, and it sounds killer!! This fuckin guy can sing!! We are working hard on the follow up to 'Buried In Oblivion' as we speak, and it's coming along really good. All our obligations and touring plans will be met head on with a full-steam metal assault!!!"
As previously reported, INTO ETERNITY have tapped Madison, Wisconsin's Adam Sagan to replace Jim. Adam has been playing drums for 13 years, and has been playing with his own band HALCYON for four years. HALCYON broke up in January 2004 after releasing a self-titled EP in 2003. INTO ETERNITY have upcoming performances at Atlanta's prestigious ProgPower USA V in September, and a full European tour with KATAKLYSM, GRAVEWORM and MYSTIC CIRCLE in October.