Renowned Australian blackened thrash metal band Destroyer 666 has announced that lead guitarist Ian Gray (a.k.a. Shrapnel) will soon be leaving the band. A statement from both Shrapnel and the band can be read below.
Destroyer 666 posted the following statement on its official Facebook page: “The end of an era – Shrapnel has for personal reasons decided that the past weekend’s Southern Cross Fest will be his last show with Destroyer. The man has been with the band since 1996 and has been pivotal to the band’s career over the past 16 years. It was without doubt a fitting end to what has been one hell of a ride. A fine musician, a great mate, a brother, and an integral member of this pack, he will be greatly missed.
Destroyer will continue… “
Proving that the split is an amicable one, Shrapnel added the following in the comment section of the Destroyer 666 post: “Many thanks for all the words of support. I raise my glass to you all. Destroyer 666 has been a massive part of life for the last 16 years and will always be a part of me. The journey it has taken me on has been simply incredible. From the other side of the planet… to places I never dreamed of going, to meeting people from all over the world… and many becoming my friends. No, I’m not stopping music or turning my back on metal. I can’t… it runs through my veins. I wish my brothers KK, Matty and Mersus every success and the beast that is Destroyer 666 will continue. AUSTRALIAN AND ANTICHRIST FOREVER!!!!!”
No word has yet been given on who will replace Shrapnel. Stay tuned for details as an announcement is expected soon.