DIABOLIC Guitarist Slams Former Drummer For 'Illegal' Attempt To Use Band's Name

July 14, 2006

DIABOLIC guitarist Brian Malone has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group's former drummer Aantar Coates in connection with Aantar's alleged attempt to utilize the DIABOLIC name for his current project.

"I spoke to Aantar and clearly and concisely communicated my intentions of letting DIABOLIC rest in peace with the respect and dignity it earned in its seven-year existence," Malone writes in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "As the only member to play every DIABOLIC show, record on every DIABOLIC release, and the main investor and conductor of DIABOLIC business, I will be left no other choice than to pursue legal action if the cease-and-desist order is ignored."

According to Malone, Aantar Coates is "acting alone without the consent of any other former members of DIABOLIC. ALL of the musicians who have contributed to the history of this band agree with me that this attempt by Aantar is wrong and disrespects a hard-fought legacy."

Coates last month announced a new "DIABOLIC" lineup, consisting of Aantar and his UNHOLY GHOST bandmate Kelly McLauchlin (guitar),alongside BLASTMASTERS members Jesse Jolly (vocals/bass) and R.J. (guitar). The group's new CD, "Shellfire and Tombstones", was produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzales and "DIABOLIC" at D.O.W. (Diet of Worms) studios and "is the most evolved and devastatingly brutal DIABOLIC record yet," featuring "blistering guitar work, stellar leads, devastating machine gun drum work, and demonic vocals," according to a previous press release. A release date for the effort has yet to be announced.

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