Portland rock band EMBERGHOST has announced that Michael Derks of legendary metal band GWAR will join EMBERGHOST as the featured guitarist on their “Not Long For This Earth” project. Derks connected with EMBERGHOST via mutual friend Kristen Randall (WINDS OF PLAGUE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS), who was announced last week as the replacement for departed keyboardist and co-vocalist Sarah Jennings.

Derks says of his new venture: “Kristen and I have been talking about doing a project for years, and when she introduced me to EMBERGHOST, I saw the perfect opportunity to do something different.”

EMBERGHOST vocalist Parker adds, “It’s really exciting to get to work with someone of this caliber. Mike brings a unique perspective to this project, and it will be better for it.”

“Not Long For This Earth”, which the band has all but completely funded on Kickstarter, is EMBERGHOST‘s acoustic retrospective celebrating the work they did with Sarah, who succumbed to brain cancer in 2010. Produced by Rob Daiker, “Not Long For This Earth” is a collaboration with members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and is expected to be released this fall.

Derks will continue his work with GWAR, and appears with EMBERGHOST courtesy of Metal Blade Records.