BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas will take a temporary leave of absence from the band to spend time with his wife, as they await the birth of his first child. Filling in for him will be Jason Bowld (PITCHSHIFTER, AXEWOUND).
Said BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE in a statement: "Our brother Moose got the wonderful news late last year that he and his wife are expecting their first child together, which I'm sure you’ll join us in congratulating them on! In light of this, Moose has made the decision that, after ten years of non-stop touring, he's going to take a few months out to be at his wife's side around the birth. We support him 100% in this, and we thank our good friend Jason Bowld for agreeing to step in on the drums in the meantime."
The band added: "Our touring cycle will remain unaffected by this, and Moose will be back in the hotseat later this year ready to kill it again!"
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE released a digital EP, "Live From Kingston", last October via Google Play. The music on the EP was made available in the U.S. on an exclusive deluxe version of "Venom".
"Venom" marked BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Jason James and addition of Jamie Mathias. Jamie, who had been playing and touring in bands for ten years, fronted the band REVOKER, which released an album, "Revenge For The Ruthless", in 2011 on the Roadrunner label.