This week, Calgary-based doom-core outfit MARES OF THRACE have made a major announcement about the band's lineup. Since their 2009 inception the band has been comprised of longtime friends guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz and drummer Stef MacKichan, but this week the band announced the departure of Stef and the induction of new drummer Rae Amitay. Rae was trained at the Berklee School of Music, has recently recorded with folk metal act Thrawsunblat (the new band formed by members of Woods of Ypres), and is a staff writer for MetalReview.com. The full statement welcoming Rae is posted on the MARES OF THRACE Facebook page:
"Hello Everyone. So. Due to getting into the educational program of her dreams and its subsequent conflicts with touring, Stef has decided to step down. She is, as the Dothraki from Game of Thrones say, blood of my blood, I love her very very much and I promise I will keep you posted on her future musical projects, which will probably be very Meshuggah-like. However. I am very happy to announce that Rae Fucking Amitay will be playing in Mares of Thrace going forward. She is a Berklee School of Music-trained, metal session-playing, former aspiring Lovecraftian scholar and giant nerd, so please fling all your most unflattering granny panties at her."
Additionally, the band will become a three-piece for this tour, joined by a bass player for the first time. Scott Shellhammer (American Heritage) who played drums on the recent MARES OF THRACE tour through Canada and the U.S., as well as painted the cover art for their new album The Pilgrimage, will lay down the low-end on the forthcoming trek. The first MARES OF THRACE performances with the new lineup will be on the pending tour where the band will join Providence's epic doom trio Pilgrim and Brooklyn's metallic hardcore quartet Primitive Weapons for a string of ten Northeastern U.S. shows, kicking off this week.
MARES OF THRACE's sophomore LP The Pilgrimage was released worldwide via Sonic Unyon Metal in April. Critics and fans alike have been blown away by the band’s dynamic, metallic hybrid of sludge and scathing metalcore tendencies, the album receiving rave reviews and major coverage from media outlets worldwide. The band will have the new limited edition vinyl version of the album with them on the forthcoming tour. Limited to 500 copies on red and black splattered wax, each LP includes a CD version of the album as well.