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wormrot need a drummer2015 is already turning out to be a fantastic year for long-anticipated new albums from killer grind bands, thanks to Magrudergrind and Maruta. The cherry on that sundae, though, would most definitely be a new release from Singapore’s Wormrot, which the band has been working on at least since 2013.

Alas, that cherry ain’t comin’.

In a new posting on Wormrot’s Facebook page, guitarist Rasyid several pieces of unfortunate news. The short version is, the band’s drummer, Fitri, has dropped off the face of the planet under mysterious (and possibly scary) circumstances, which means the band can’t hit the studio in June as they had plannet. Furthermore, while Rasyid and vocalist Arif Rot are game to continue doing Wormrot with a new drummer, “if there’s no public interest and participation” in helping the band find that new drummer, “we will put this band to rest.” Which would make me cry.

The long version is as follows (including details of how any of you drummers out there can join the band):

“We’re deeply saddened to announce that Fitri is not a part of WORMROT anymore. For the past couple of weeks, he has distanced himself from us and has remained incontactable. We fear that he has gotten himself into some shit too deep, he’s not comfortable to share with us. If any of his friends who are reading this have any news regarding Fitri, let him know that we’re waiting for any kind of reply. Any.

“Arif and I took it upon ourselves to remove Fitri. This isn’t the first time we’ve had this sort of problems with him, and we aren’t letting it happen again. It has hurt the morale and expectations of the band and our families every single time, to a point where we laughed at ourselves whenever it happens, and pretended that all is A-OK. We appreciate everything Fitri has done for us all these years and for putting smiles on all the people who watched him/us play. Thank you, Fit.

“And now, our progress: WORMROT was ready to enter the studio for recording in June 2015, with a new album to be released in September 2015 under Earache Records. We had our sights on Australia, Japan, S.Korea, Philippines, probably more, for our first major tour since 2012. Not anymore. Cuz we’re back to fucking 2007.

“We will be holding auditions for a new drummer. It will be tough to find a replacement after what Fitri has brought to the plate. Especially when you’ve got to narrow down your search to just 700km2 of land. But anyone’s welcomed to give it a shot. Surprise us. Pester us. Tell your friends to practice. Tell your dad to practice. And then lock up your dad in the room. And then send your promo videos to azean@rotworks.org (title: DRUM CHECK). Thank you to all that shared our ‘new drummer’ post, it might seem small, but every bit counts.

“However, if there’s no public interest and participation for this in these coming months, we will put this band to rest. Initially, Arif, Fitri and I agreed amongst ourselves that if one of us is out, it’s over. But we’re giving it another chance. Because WORMROT has grown to be much bigger than just the three of us.

“Thank you all for understanding.

“Rasyid”

I’ve never wished I knew a good metal drummer living in Singapore so bad in my life. Since the new album is presumably written, my hope is that even if Rasyid and Arif can’t find a new drummer on a permanent basis, they can enlist the aid of someone well known as a session player, so they can at least say a proper farewell via one final studio outing. But, obviously, the best cast scenario would be that they find a permanent replacement for Fitri.

For the love of all things holy, please help spread the word about this! A world without Wormrot would be a much poorer place.

[via Metal Injection]

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