Exhorder guitarist Marzi Montazeri, who joined the band in 2017, announced his departure from the band earlier this week. Montazeri didn't offer much aside from that he has other things going on and that he'll "soon let y'all know." Now Exhorder has issued their own statement, saying they and Montazeri simply split after beginning to move in different creative directions.
Now the interesting part – Exhorder later mentions that there "may be a face (or faces) that you recognize moving forward, as well as some other surprises." So maybe we'll get either Vinnie LaBella or Jay Ceravolo back in the band?
"Some of you may have seen Marzi Montazeri's announcement yesterday that he no longer wants to be a part of Exhorder.
"First and foremost, we want to thank Marzi for his time and wish him well moving forward. Secondly, we want to clarify that somewhere between the process of writing the new album began and the touring we've done since, it became clear to all parties involved that Exhorder and Marzi were moving in different directions. This is a natural course of action that happens every day in the world of creativity. An action plan has been in place since we returned from tour to evolve once again. Rehearsals have resumed, and aside from fine tuning, writing for a new album is structurally complete.
"There are no open auditions at this time, so we thank the many that have inquired about the job opening- but we've got this!
"Exhorder is a band that has been dealing with lineup changes since the 80's, so rest assured there is no doubt that we will continue to thrive. We look forward to bringing the show to the stage once again. There may be a face (or faces) that you recognize moving forward, as well as some other surprises. At the very least, we're quite sure you'll enjoy it as much as we currently are!"