Chicago metallers DIRGE WITHIN have released the following statement:
“As a few of you have been inquiring, we feel the need to be honest with our fans.
“We did have a fill-in singer last night [Thursday, August 23] at the House Of Blues [in] Chicago with STATIC-X.
“There have been many events leading up to our singer’s departure from the band, although he has not contacted any of us yet and officially quit.
“Jerms [Jeremy Genske] has been absent from many practices while the rest of the band has been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for shows. He refused to be in certain scenes in our latest video unless his girlfriend could also be in the video, which the rest of the band did not agree with. He has made it very difficult for us to work with him and has not shown interest in being a part of this band.
“We were told by Jerms that he could not play [last night’s] show due to personal reasons. As a band, we decided that we wanted to be there for our fans and continue on to play the show last minute using fill-in singer Adam Gilley from PRODUCT OF HATE.
“We were asked personally by [STATIC-X frontman] Wayne Static to play this show and no one in the band wanted to miss out on playing such a killer show with good friends.
“We have had to decline three shows prior due to Jerms‘ personal schedule and the band did not feel like he has been honest with us.
“This band respects our fans and will continue to put forth are best efforts as we always have, in order to deliver an amazing show and music.”
DIRGE WITHIN‘s “Memories” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed in June with director Peeler.
DIRGE WITHIN‘s sophomore album, “There Will Be Blood”, was released on April 10 via Rocket Science Ventures/THC: Music. The CD was recorded at Mercenary Studios in Zion, Illinois with engineer Scott Creekmore and producer Ari Mihalopoulos and was mixed at Inner Light Studios with Ari and DIRGE WITHIN guitarist Shaun Glass.