In a shocking turn of events, founding All Shall Perish member and guitarist Ben Orum has left the band. Here’s his explanation:

I have given over 10 years of my blood, sweat, and tears to pursuing my dream which you all have helped fulfill. Being in All Shall Perish has been the best experience in my life, outside of being a father. While I am deeply saddened by my decision to leave the band it is necessary at this point in my life. As you know I have a family and obligation to provide for them and be here. Unfortunately, I could not fulfill my duty as a touring musician any longer.

As big of a bummer this is (it’s hard to imagine All Shall Perish without Orum), it makes sense. Ben has a family to think about, and being on the road most of the year doesn’t afford enough time to spend with his children as they grow up. Apparently his children are excited over this turn of events, and I can imagine why. Huge respect there. Ben isn’t done with music though; he has taken up a position in the death metal band Oblivion as bassist:

While I am done with touring, I will never stop writing music. I am joining the extreme metal band OBLIVION as a bassist and contributing songwriter. OBLIVION’s debut album will be released on January 1st, 2013. We are beyond excited to unleash it onto the metal world. I’ve always been into death metal and extreme music, this is my return to a more traditional style of Death Metal. What makes OBLIVION unique and sets us apart from the pack is the fact that our primary songwriter is a world-renown classical composer and professor of music, Dr. Nick Vasallo. His voice gives the music a subtle refinement with the craftsmanship of the compositions.

I’ve known Nick since high school and we were in our first band together-ANTAGONY. Nick went on to college and became a classical composer. I went on to a successful career as a touring musician/songwriter in ASP. Now, 10 years later we are working together again. It’s a full circle. Nick has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track professor at a prestigious university and won’t be able to juggle all the hats of singing, composing, and playing bass for OBLIVION. So that’s where I come in–I’ll be fulfilling his duties as a bassist.

We also have another Dr. in the making, our guitarist Victor Dods is finishing his PhD in Math. The other guitarist, Ted O’Neil, is a veteran from the original thrash scene in 80’s, and our drummer, Luis Martinez, is a natural phenom. All of this plus me, makes us a huge force to be reckoned with. Stay tuned for the heaviest and darkest music out there. We are OBLIVION.

This is particularly exciting, as it turns out that Oblivion pretty much rules. Their debut album Called to Rise is available for pre-order now on Bandcamp, with select tracks available for streaming. This is a project worth keeping eyes and ears open for. Called To Rise is expected to see release January 1st, 2013.

– JR

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