California’s Rings Of Saturn have announced that they have parted ways with long-time vocalist Ian Bearer, with the intent to proceed as an instrumental band going forward.
This line-up change and directional shift comes just a few weeks following the news that the band had been dropped by Nuclear Blast Records.
The remaining members of Rings Of Saturn had this to say about parting with Bearer and their choice to continue as an instrumental band.
“Rings Of Saturn is transitioning towards a strictly instrumental direction which will open up many new doors in terms of musical creativity for the band’s future. We are looking forward to exploring new territories of writing and expand on the band’s overall sound in this way. Along with the recent instrumental album release versions of our past discography, every album since ‘Dingir’ has traditionally included an instrumental track, so many fans will appreciate what’s coming next with a sense of familiarity.
We would love to have Ian Bearer on any tours we currently have booked, but that decision remains ultimately up to him, and moving forward this also means that live shows will be done completely as an instrumental band. We would like to thank Ian Bearer for his years of hard work and commitment as the voice of the band during its most recent 10 years. On tour and in the studio, it has been an honor to create and perform music alongside such a great vocalist. We absolutely wish him the best in any endeavor he decides to pursue, and we hope that fans show him the same love and support as well.”
More details regarding future activity and releases from Rings Of Saturn will be confirmed as they develop.