Spanish death metallers AVULSED have parted ways with drummer Ricardo “Riky” Mena.
Commented the group in a statement: “We’re sorry to communicate you that since last 20th of March, Ricardo Mena (Riky) is no longer the band’s drummer. Due to differences on how to deal with different internal issues within the band, we’ve decided, after a reunion, that the best thing for both parts is not to continue together. No hard feelings, beyond the sadness that all this means for us all.
“Due to this, we must announce the cancellation of the performance on the two upcoming festivals in April where AVULSED was going to participate: Thrashway Fest (Oviedo) and Barroselas SWR Fest (Portugal). However, there’s a possibility that the last show with the current line-up with Riky might happen at Hellfest in France.
“We just want to thank Riky for his eight years of total devotion and profesionalism as a musician and his friendship, that we’ll keep, of course. And to wish him the best both on personal and professional on musical matters.”
AVULSED last year scrapped plans to release a 20th-anniversary CD, “Fleshcube”, due to “several problems regarding the recording sessions that delayed the whole project, to the point that it was going to be impossible to release it [in 2011], so… who knows, perhaps for our 25th anniversary!!” However, this cancellation was taken in a positive way, because this helped the band concentrate on the songwriting of their upcoming album, “Ritual Zombi”, to be recorded later this year.