Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH have parted ways with drummer Mike Justian. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"Last night [Thursday, May 10] marked the end of the line for Mike Justian with UNEARTH. There are many reasons why we decided it was time to move on without him, but we are not in the business of airing dirty laundry. We will say that we grew apart as individuals and as musicians and the split will be best for both the band and Mike.
"In true UNEARTH fashion, we will continue on without skipping a beat. We are pleased and honored to say that Gene Hoglan of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD is filling in for the rest of our tour with DIMMU BORGIR, DEVILDRIVER and KATAKLYSM. He will take the stage for the first time with us tonight in Vancouver, B.C. Gene is an unreal musician and has learned a set in extremely short notice. We cannot thank him enough for lending his skills to our band for this tour.
"Mike is an amazing drummer and will surely turn up in another band soon. We traveled the world with him, shared some of the best experiences of our lives and can call him a brother forever. It was just time for both parties to split, plain and simple. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors.
"All of our upcoming touring will go on as scheduled."