Sacramento, California's WILL HAVEN has been rejoined by vocalist Grady Avenell.
Commented the band: "After a little time off and doing a few benefit shows for our brother Chi Cheng of the DEFTONES [who remains in a semi-conscious state 11 months after being gravely injured in a car crash in Northern California], we are back to work.
"As some of you may have seen Grady did join us for a few of the benefit shows we did for Chi and also an amazing show in San Francisco a few months ago. After those shows, we had a few discussions about WILL HAVEN's future and Grady expressed that he would like to be a part of it. So, after working out details, [we are] very happy to say that we are currently working on a new record with Grady handling the vocal duties. Jeff Jaworski [WILL HAVEN's most recent frontman, who joined the band as Grady's replacement in 2007] will still be a big part of the band and helping with the writing process on the new record. So we are more than excited to be all working together on making an amazing record.
"We have been demoing a few songs and [we] can say that [we]could not be happier.
"We will continue to keep everyone up to date on when we expect to have a record out; hopefully in January next year or earlier. We may do one or two shows while we are working on the record, so we will post [announce them] when we figure out when and where; definitely look for us to be in the Los Angeles area soon. That will most likely mark our first 'official' show with Grady.
"So we are more than excited to have Grady back with us. The time away has done him good, because he is back with more rage than ever."
WILL HAVEN's most recent album, "The Hierophant", was released in June 2007 through Bieler Bros. Records. Heralded by guitarist Jeff Irwin as "by far the best stuff we have ever done" and featuring production by Shaun Lopez (FAR, REVOLUTION SMILE) and DEFTONES vocalist Chino Moreno, the CD was WILL HAVEN's first release since 2001's critically acclaimed "Carpe Diem". It was also the group's first effort with Jaworski (formerly of RED TAPE).
Following the release of "Carpe Diem", WILL HAVEN seemed primed for the spotlight as the band headlined venues in the United States and Europe alike, adorned metal magazine covers and was tagged "Saviors of Rock Music" by U.K. music-press powerhouse Kerrang! Then, without warning, the band announced they would be going on indefinite hiatus. That hiatus would last until 2006 when amidst much speculation WILL HAVEN returned with a co-headline tour of the U.K. with CROWBAR and a subsequent record deal with fast-rising indie label powerhouse Bieler Bros. Records.