MUCOPUS Part Ways With Guitarist, Vow To Carry On

New York-based old-school death metallers MUCOPUS have amicably parted ways with guitarist and co-founder Ernie Rau. "It's been fun, but it's time to move on to new things," Rau said in a statement. Ernie and ORGAN HARVEST drummer Rob Nudo have started work on a new project entitled TENTACLES. MUCOPUS plan to continue on as a four-piece, although the addition of a second guiatrist has not been ruled out.

In other news, the rest of MUCOPUS have kept busy over the past months with separate projects. Guitarist Justin Knipper recently joined WASTEFORM and completed a European tour with the band this past October while bassist Corey Hall joined ORGAN HARVEST and has been performing with the band in various parts in the Northeast. Vocalist Jason Keyser has been hard at work completing the recording sessions for SKINLESS' fourth full-length album, entitled "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead", for Relapse Records.

MUCOPUS' debut full-length, "Mulch?!?", is out now on Amputated Vein Records. A follow-up EP is slated for a fall/winter 2006 release.

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