Pittsburgh power metal band Icarus Witch recently parted ways with drummer Steve Johnson and guitarist Ed Skero. They will be replaced by guitarist Dave Watson, formerly of Mantic Ritual and drummer Tom Wierzbicky, formerly of Thunderfist.
The band’s announcement reads as follows:
“After three North American tours in one year, Cleopatra Records recording artist Icarus Witch have amicably parted ways with guitarist Ed Skero and drummer Steve Johnson. The band is extremely excited to announce their replacements, Dave Watson and Tom Wierzbicky respectively.
“Those in the metal community will know Dave as the vocalist and guitarist for Nuclear Blast thrashers, Mantic Ritual. Watson is also highly regarded as one of the top producers in the Pittsburgh region and was the man behind the mixing board (and on keyboards) for the latest Icarus Witch single, “Tragedy.” He has been friends with the band for years and is a natural fit to compliment guitarist Quinn Lukas’ melodic metal playing style.
“Twenty-two year old Brooklyn, New York native Tom Wierzbicky has been playing drums non-stop for 8 years and impressed the band at his audition bringing a creative energy, attack and unique precision well beyond his years. Tom has recently drummed for Chicago modern rockers, Hessler and lead his own traditional metal crew, ThunderFist in Lancaster, PA. He is the perfect fit for the energetic new direction the songs have been taking as the Witch puts finishing touches on pre-production for their 5th album to be tracked this fall.”