San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA have parted ways with singer David Michael. According to a post on the band's web site, "David's heart wasn't in it any more so it's time to move on. His reason was lengthy, but the bottom line was he just couldn't bear to continue with IMAGIKA. We will rename the band and find a new vocalist to complete the new CD we started in June with Neil Kernon. All the music is recorded and sounds killer so no tears!
"Why rename the band? Well out of respect to Dave and the fans it seems like the right thing to do. It can't be IMAGIKA without Dave since he was one of the founding members of the band and co-writer of just about every tune we ever recorded. Plus the new material will be different with a new singer so why beat a dead horse? The existing band will carry on adding some new elements and hopefully a killer new vocalist."
Anyone interested in the vocalist slot should contact the band at [email protected] or mail info/demos to:
P.O. Box 41
New Almaden, CA 95042
"We'll consider all candidates, but right up front, you have to be able to sing!" the group write on their web site. "No [death metal/black metal] vocals please."
IMAGIKA's fourth album — the group's first under their soon-to-be-announced new name — is due in early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The band, who were previously signed to Germany's Massacre Records, released their last CD, "And So It Burns", in October 2000.