DENDURA, the female-fronted, progressive metal band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has parted ways with bassist Jason Stevens. He explained in a statement, "DENDURA is on an exciting and difficult journey; a journey where soul-searching is required and utmost dedication is expected. For those of you that do not know yet, my wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and it would be impossible for me to give DENDURA the dedication that they need from a bass player right now and it would be even more unfair to my wife and family to be touring and be gone while she fights cancer alone. My journey with DENDURA has ended on good and friendly terms. I wish my friends Aziza, Steve, Paul and Justin the very best. As well as my friend Mike please take good care of them on the road. I am where I am needed the most. And I thank all of the fans of DENDURA for their support and understanding. I will miss you all."
DENDURA recently entered the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, DOKKEN) to begin recording its new album for a 2009 release.
The band in 2007 inked a deal with KillZone Records. According to a press release, DENDURA are a perfect fit for KillZone "because they stand out from the norm in terms of talent, ability and marketability, bringing a presence of their own. They present an unforgettable approach to progressive metal that builds and weaves dark themes with the allure of sensual mystery. Their music and sound calls from a past that touches both the primal and inquisitive nature of our souls. They combine powerful, heavy music that drives like the shifting sands, carrying vocals like rising smoke and invoking the ghosts of a land and time long passed, but never forgotten."
DENDURA previously put out a self-released album, "New Life", and contributed a song to the award-winning film "Broken".
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