DragonForce have split with drummer Dave Mackintosh and brought in Kill Ritual sticksman Gee Anzalone as his replacement.
DragonForce split with drummer Dave
Mackintosh moves on to focus on prog as former Kill Ritual man Gee Anzalone joins in his place
Mackintosh, who'd been with the band for 10 years, has decided to return to his first musical love. He says: "After much thought I have parted ways with DragonForce to pursue progressive rock. I wish the lads all the luck in the world.
"I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in prog, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road. DF for ever!"
He'll make his final recorded appearance on the band's upcoming album, Maximum Overload, set for release on August 18.
Guitarist Herman Li says: "We've been through a lot with Dave and we want to thank him for everything he's contributed, both as a friend and a musician. We all wish him well with his new project."
Gee will play his first show with DragonForce on their UK tour, which kicks off in September.
Meanwhile, his former band Kill Ritual have launched a search for his replacement. The band's Steve Rice says: "We're proud of Gee and wish him all the best in his new endeavour – thanks for the good times, Gee! Now Kill Ritual is in need of a killer drummer to fill his shoe." Find out how to apply.
DragonForce UK tour
Sep 17: Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sep 18: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Sep 19: Glasgow King Tuts
Sep 20: Belfast Limelight 2
Sep 21: Dublin Whelan's
Sep 23: Carlisle Brickyard
Sep 24: Middlesbrough Empire
Sep 25: Manchester Deaf Institute
Sep 26: Stoke Sugarmill
Sep 27: Birmingham Temple
Sep 30: Brighton The Haunt
Oct 01: Southampton Joiners
Oct 02: Plymouth White Rabbit
Oct 03: Bridgend Hobo's
Oct 04: Bristol Thekla
Oct 07: Leeds Brudenell
Oct 08: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Oct 09: Colchester Arts Centre
Oct 10: Norwich Waterfront
Oct 11: London Bush Hall