Since coming off the road in late November, Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER are spending time at home writing their third album, to be recorded this spring.
Taking some time off from playing live shows is difficult for a band which, for the last three years, has performed 300 dates annually on average, including a handful of shows as the support act for HALFORD in December.
WARBRINGER will perform at tonight's SEPULTURA and ANGRA show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood in what will mark the band's final appearance with drummer Nic Ritter.
Nic has been an important part of WARBRINGER since joining in the summer of 2008, having won the audition process in between the band's two European tours and completing the touring for the band's debut before working with the guys to write and record the second album, "Waking Into Nightmares", released in 2009. Now, after a two-year international touring cycle, Nic and the band have collectively decided to part ways.
Nic had this to say about his decision: "I felt like it was time for a change both musically and personally.
"All is good between the guys and myself as this was a mutual decision.
"I wish them the best in the future and with the next album."
Added WARBRINGER guitarist John Laux: "Nic Ritter is an incredible drummer and we wish him the best of luck! I know he made a lot of friends around the world and I just want everyone to understand that our decision to part ways was mutual and necessary
"Nic has worked very hard with us over the last two years and we are grateful for his contributions musically and his commitment personally on the road."
In the meantime, WARBRINGER has been writing and practicing with a new drummer, who will make his live debut with the band at the Eyescream Festival in Mexico City on March 5 alongside ASESINO, ANVIL, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.