German thrashers EXUMER will play two shows in Poland during the second part of their "European Ignition Tour 2010", on October 8 and October 9. This marks the band's first live appearances in Poland after an absence of 22 years.
EXUMER was among the first acts out of the Western territories to have their records released domestically in Poland during the 1980s. The band's popularity in Poland was confirmed by three sold-out live shows in 1988, each event drawing close to 8,000 fans.
Comments EXUMER vocalist Mem V. Stein: "We were very lucky to have our records released domestically in Poland and in Brazil in the '80s, opening up two huge markets that welcomed us with open arms, tons of record sales and thrashing fans. Times have changed and we do not expect thousands of people to come out to the two events we are scheduled to play in Poland as they have in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the amount of steady fan requests from Poland since our reformation two years ago makes us hopeful to see many of the old fans again and meet the new generation of Polish thrashers."
EXUMER recently parted ways with guitarist/second vocalist Paul Arakaki and session drummer J.P. Rapp. Guitarist H.K. and drummer Matthias Kassner, who were both recruited for EXUMER's last European tour, have joined the band on a full-time basis.
Commented Mem V. Stein: "It has been an amazing two years for us since our reformation in 2008. We have been able to play all the festivals and shows we wanted to in the past two years, even without label or industry backing. We are now looking forward to return to Europe in the fall and are excited to appear at this year's Way Of Darkness festival [in early October in Lichtenfels/Germany]. Unfortunately, Paul cannot be a part of this band's journey anymore, since he has decided that the travel/touring requirements from his native Hawaii are too rigorous for him. We accept his decision and support him with all his future plans. However, we are pleased to welcome guitarist H.K. and drummer Matthias Kassner to the fold. Both of them helped us out tremendously during our last European tour earlier this spring. H.K. and Matthias are more than capable musicians in their own right and will surely contribute to the band's future endeavors, especially with recording the new EXUMER album that is scheduled to be released early 2011."