ATHEIST Drummer Involved In Serious Car Accident

Drummer Steve Flynn of reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST was recently involved in a serious car accident after another vehicle pulled in front of him at 50 mph. Flynn was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was treated for injuries to his wrist, neck and jaw. He still requires some physical therapy, but he is improving swiftly at his home in Atlanta. The first three studio albums from ATHEIST — "Piece Of Time" (1989),"Unquestionable Presence" (1991) and "Elements" (1993) — were re-released on vinyl in North America on June 11 via Season Of Mist. The new editions are remastered on colored vinyl and limted to 500 copies per title worldwide. ATHEIST — Kelly Shaefer (vocals), Steve Flynn (drums), Tony Choy(bass), Christoper Martin (guitar), Jason Holloway (guitar) — is writing material for its new full-length album and follow-up to 2010's critically-acclaimed "Jupiter" CD.

SIX FEET UNDER Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

Florida-based death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER have parted ways with drummer Kevin Talley and have replaced him with Marco Pitruzzella. Marco, who previously played with SIX FEET UNDER bassist Jeff Hughellin BRAIN DRILL, will make his live debut with SIX FEET UNDER this Saturday in Memphis, Tennessee at the Scion Rock Fest. Comments SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes: "I'm proud to announce a new addition to the ranks of SIX FEET UNDER. Replacing drummer Kevin Talley is our new friend and cohort, Marco Pitruzzella.Marco has worked with Jeff Hughell in their former band, BRAIN DRILL, and is such an amazing talented and great guy. I'm very excited having him in the band and can't wait to take the stage with Marco this Saturday in Memphis for Scion Rock Fest!" He adds: "It was good working with Kevin Talley for the past couple of years, but we are very ready and extremely focused on moving the band forward with a new, more stable and permanent lineup for writing as well as touring. "Be prepared to be shredded! See you all soon!"

HEATHEN Drummer Quits

Drummer Darren Minter of San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It is with great regret to announce that, after 25 years of drumming forHEATHEN, I have left the band due to unforeseen circumstances and will not be joining them on the European tour that starts in several weeks (a replacement will be named in the next few days). "I apologize to all of our fans, but plan to pursue other musical endeavors and will continue to move forward making music. "The split between HEATHEN and I was amicable and there is no bad blood or hard feelings towards one another. "Hope to see you all on the road soon and I wish nothing but the best for the future of HEATHEN."