Having joined the band back in 2012, Arizona based metalcore outfit The Word Alive have announced that they’ll be parting ways with drummer Luke Holland before the end of the year once they have wrapped up their North America headline tour, which ends on December 18th 2016.
The band made the following statement via Facebook to share the news with their fans:
“Dearest TWA friends and fans,
We’re writing you this afternoon with some bitter sweet news. After almost 5 years of being a part of the TWA family, Luke Holland will be saying goodbye at the end of this year. The Overdose Tour will be his final tour.
We’ve been through so much together, and that is a bond that will last a life time. However, it’s time for Luke to explore other musical endeavours and pursue passions outside of The Word Alive. We wish him nothing but the best, and sincerely support him in his future just as he supports us in ours.
We decided to let you know before the tour so you could have the opportunity to celebrate this chapter coming to an end with us, instead of being blind-sided at the start of the new year.”
Along with this, Holland also commented on the situation himself exclusively with Alternative Press:
“I don’t have anything in particular lined up, but I do want to focus even more on my craft and get back to what gave me a fanbase in the first place, which was YouTube. I have a lot of respect for my fans and know that they are the reason I’m not just a man who loves drumming, but rather a man who gets to make a career out of it. I am open to any gig offers currently, but am not in a rush by any means.”
Holland joined the band in 2012 shortly after they finished recording their second album, ‘Life Cycles’. He then featured on all of the band’s future releases, including their latest record ‘Dark Matter’, which dropped earlier this year via Fearless Records.
At the time of writing, there’s no confirmation on a replacement for Holland.