The other day, I received a press release from Victory Records announcing the signing of Blackguard. I’d never heard of the band, but learned they used to be Profugus Mortis and they’re Canadian. That doesn’t explain why they sound like a harder Horse the Band, but frankly, I’m not a fan of synth-metal. Or keyboard metal.
Days later, the band is revealing that they’ve lost keyboard player Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc. Oh no. How will they ever carry on?
“For those of you who have seen us play recently with Leaves Eyes and on the Nevermore tour, you have no doubt noticed the absence of our keyboardist, Jo,” the band says in a statement. “We’’re sad to say that Jo has officially left the band to pursue other endeavors. There’s no drama here, and we’re all still good friends. Jo simply felt his time with the band had come to an end and we have amicably parted ways. Blackguard will remain a 5-piece for the foreseeable future.”
If that means no keyboards, I’m all for that. Blackguard also commented on their new label deal.
“At first (and second) glance this might seem like an odd pairing, but Victory is a very hard working label that we are all 100% behind. The Victory staff has welcomed us with open arms and are committed to pushing our next release to its full potential. It’s no secret that we’ve been touring extensively this past year and a half, and it’s comforting to know we have a label backing us that are willing to work and put in as much effort as we have for the release of our third record. That being said we are hard at work completing our next record which has a tentative release date for April. The release will coincide with a North american tour that isn’t announced yet, but when it does it’s going to turn heads.”
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