Last night Reading's own modern thrash metal outfit Sylosis announced that after nine years they had come to an amicable parting of the ways with their longtime drummer Rob Callard. They also announced Rob's replacement in the shape of current Bleed From Within drummer Ali Richardson, who will continue to play in Bleed From Within alongside his new role behind the kit with Sylosis.
Sylosis' now ex-drummer Rob had this to say about his time in the band:
'Having spent the last 9 years recording music and touring around the world with Sylosis, I have had some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Sylosis has some of the most dedicated and awesome fans and I am honoured to have played a part in music that is so well received.Unfortunately I can no longer dedicate 100% of my time to the touring schedule and therefore to be fair to the band and fans I will step down and allow another drummer to take my place.I want to say a massive thanks to Alex Bailey, Carl Parnell, Josh Middleton, Adam Foster, Julia Matthews, John Matthews, Stuart Callard, Andrew Matthews, Neil Callard, Abby Vickers, Mike Creech, Malcolm McKenzie, Kelly Renda, Jaap Wagemaker, anyone else involved with the band and every single fan that loves our music or came to one of our shows. It's been an absolute pleasure!’
On the other hand, new Sylosis drummer Ali Richardson had this to say:
"Very excited to announce that I am now a part of the Sylosis family. I filled in for Rob when Sylosis toured together with my band, Bleed From Within, and Devildriver. I had a total blast on the tour and had great fun playing the songs in a live environment, so it was a no brainer when they asked me to join full time due to Rob's departure. Thanks to my brothers in Bleed From Within for letting me take on another band as well as my own, thanks to Josh, Bailey and Carl for this opportunity, and I want to wish Rob all the best for the future. Cheers!”
Anyone who'd like to check out a video of Ali behind the kit for Sylosis back in April on tour with Devildriver and his other band Bleed From Within can check out this drum cam playthrough video for one of Sylosis' most well known songs Altered States of Consciousness: