US thrashers Diamond Plate confirmed the addition of Matt Ares to the band as their new vocalist and bassist, following the departure of former frontman Jon Macak. The band has also started working on the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, Generation Why?, which will be released sometime in 2013.

The band commented: "Over the past few months we have been writing and demoing songs for the next album. During that time, we felt that the chemistry between Jon and the rest of the band wasn't as strong as it needed to be. We decided to move on, and find someone that shared the same passion to create the music that we've always wanted to make. We wish Jon all the best, and we want to thank him for being a part of this band.

We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Matt Ares into the band as vocalist and bassist. Matt has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first two weeks of jamming with him we were able to create an entirely new batch of songs and finish demoing the second album. Matt's voice and playing add new dimensions to our sound, and we can't wait for everyone to hear the band now. Thanks for always supporting, and keep your ears open for a new Diamond Plate record in 2013!"

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Posted: 27.11.2012 by Abattoir


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Thrillhouse - 27.11.2012 at 07:00  
Hopefully his vocals will be much better, felt they were the only sub par thing about Generation Why?.
Void Eater - 27.11.2012 at 07:58  
Their lead guitarist is what really makes this band stand out, as long as he stays with them all will be good.
Cynic Metalhead - 27.11.2012 at 08:57  
Only last week i was spinning "GY" and it turns out to be surprise Thrash package for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

idc about their replacements or even re-shuffling their former members, as long as they're pretty good in delivering material. Well, i am pretty stoked for their forthcoming record. Surely will be on check-on list.
M C Vice - 27.11.2012 at 10:40  
There was nothing wrong with his bass playing (as far as I could tell) but his vocals were poor. I was hoping he'd improve on the next release, though this might be the next best thing. Anyone who sounds like a mix of Ihsahn and Sabina Classen has potential (leaving my theory of his parantage aside...).
DrunkenFuck - 27.11.2012 at 12:53  
Couldn't really stand the singer, so this is huge step forward.

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