Recharged UpState New York cult prog-thrash act Toxik have announced the addition of drummer Jason Bittner.
Yes, the same dude from Shadows Fall.
Bittner will fill the void of original drummer Tad Leger.
It seems, due to his current musical commitments, Tad is prohibited from being part of the reunion.
Guitarist and founding member, Josh Christian comments on Bittner’s addition: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better situation. Jason is probably the best case scenario in every respect.”
No shit. Bittner can play and he’s a chill dude.
“Not only is he a sick drummer but, he’s a thinker and a creative force,” says Christian.
Bittner says of joining the band: “I initially met Tad at a Death Angel show back in 1990 shortly after seeing Toxik for the first time. I recognized him, struck up a conversation and the next thing you know I was at his place taking lessons from him. Over the years we became very good friends trading shows with our local bands at the time, etc, and we’ve stayed close while I traveled the world building my career with Shadows Fall. For me this is a big deal because I get to play in one of my favorite bands from my youth, and I get a chance to help preserve my friend’s legacy.”
Toxik recently entered the pre-production phase on the vocals to their currently untitled follow up to 1989’s Think This.
The album should be out this fall.
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