…life is full of them, as we all know. We had quite a few changes in the Division family last year, with the departure of Tim and Nick and the return of Scott and Dan. Changes are simply the way of things.
It pains me to say it, but James Goetz will be leaving the band in June. James has been playing with us since 2003, which makes him the drummer with by far the longest tenure in the band. Everything is amicable – James and his family will be leaving the area – and wherever he ends up, some band will get a hell of a drummer.
So it is with a heavy heart that I wish my friend and bandmate well, and begin the search for a replacement. In the meantime, you can catch James’ last two shows with us on May 24th (with fellow Nighmare alumni Dark Empire and A Sound of Thunder) and June 15th (with Axenstar, Trihexyn and Burning Shadows).
Interested drummers can get in touch at email@example.com.
Yeah, that didn’t exactly go as planned. Dan and Scott were completely out of the music scene after their original departures. Neither had been in any sort of band, and in fact Dan hadn’t played much at all during his absence. It was a surprise to all three of us (James, Dave and I) how well both did in their auditions when we took that into account. We assumed it would be pretty easy to iron things out and get back out playing, oh, say in August.
Well, you can probably see this coming – while both of them have worked very hard, the combination of crazy summer scheduling and working through the bumps of two talented people learning how to be in a band again delayed our re-emergence a bit more than we would have liked. To paraphrase a great frontman I saw recently, we regret this – but we are back now.
You can catch the first two of many shows to come on either Sep. 29th at the Sunset Lounge in Hagerstown, MD (with Doom Syndicate, Cammo Shorts and Heimdall), or on our return to Monthly Metal at Balls Bluff in Leesburg on Oct. 6th, with our brothers in metal Pharaoh in a rare U.S. show, as well as Trihexyn and Death Penalty. Details can be found on our shows page.
In the spirit of The Old School, we’ve also decided to re-release 1998′s “Ascension to Eternity”, our long-out-of-print second album (and the last one to feature both Dan and Scott) via Bandcamp’s “Name Your Price” option. You can get it free – which we’re fine with – or you can pay what you think it’s worth, here. Enjoy it, and hopefully this whets your appetite for the new music coming towards the end of the year. We’ll be featuring several songs from this one live (along with the “Trinity” and “Control Issues” material, of course). This album contains some of my personal favorites from the Division catalog, and I’m looking forward to dusting some of them off and showcasing them again.