I really dug Ukrainian trio Stoned Jesus‘ 2012 outing, Seven Thunders Roar, and if last year’s Readers Poll was anything to go by, I wasn’t the only one. As such, when it comes to the news below that they’ve replaced their drummer, Vadim Matijko, who wasn’t their first but who played on the album nonetheless, it’s kind of a bummer since I wouldn’t want anything to derail the progress the Kiev outfit has made to this point. So it goes. Guitarist/vocalist Igor Sidorenko seems to have it together in terms of leading the band, and they’re off to a busy start with their new guy, Viktor, with work being done on a new video and a mini-tour in May that will include a slot on the Freak Valley festival. Hopefully more new material isn’t far behind.
The band sent along the following announcement, and here’s Seven Thunders Roar (review here) again in case anyone missed it the first time or wants to revisit:
Stoned Jesus Finds New Drummer: “Electric Mistress” Video and Mini-Tour To Follow
A new kid behind the drumkit is spotted on the set of “Electric Mistress” video. “The times they are a-changin’” Igor (vocals, guitar) muses. “Vadim expressed his desire to leave to concentrate on his brutal-death band a month before our Moscow show. We’re grateful to him for these two and something years we spent together and we’re definitely still friends. Besides he’s still into music!”. Viktor, a newcomer, is reported to be deeply involved in the working process, and his live debut with the band is scheduled for May 16th in Kiev’s Underground Music Hall.
“Electric Mistress” video is again directed by legendary Viktor Priduvalov and is expected late April. It is “some kind of a Lynch story with us in minor roles”, Igor adds. With their Freak Valley 2013 slot confirmed (with Orange Goblin, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Long Distance Calling, Causa Sui and The Machine among others), the band is to announce dates for their May mini-tour soon.