Just a couple of weeks ago, I was watching Devil Sold His Soul tearing it up live in support of Ghost and Gojira and I remember thinking, although slightly unconventional at first listen, how well vocalist Ed Gibbs suited the band’s post -metal inspired hardcore. Their latest release Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me and so it is a shame to see Gibbs leave, however it is obvious from his statement that it is an issue of needing a more stable career than anything sinister:
“This is the hardest and saddest decision that I have ever had to make, but I am parting ways with Devil Sold His Soul. This has nothing to do with any lack of love for the music or my brothers in the band, but I just don’t feel that I can commit 100% to our band anymore and that I need to start looking to the future. This band has been the biggest and most important thing to happen in my life and I wouldn’t be the same person right now if it wasn’t for it. Over my 9 years in the band we have overcome so many hurdles and hardships together that these guys truly feel like family to me and it really does hurt to know that I won’t be playing shows with them again, but I know that we will always be close. I would like to thank everyone that has ever supported our band along the way and helped us do all of the things we have achieved so far, without you we could never have made it this far. I wish the guys the best of luck for the future and whatever it throws at them! I have had some of the most incredible experiences over the years and I wouldn’t change a thing. Peace out! Ed”
The band’s remaining shows at Hit The Deck in late April and Slam Dunk Festival in late May will still be played with Gibbs, however for the longer term, Paul Green of The Arusha Accord has been announced as his replacement. It’s not been made clear whether Green has left his previous band for this endeavor though [EDIT: According to a facebook post made by Basick Records, Green will continue to work with both bands simultaneously], with the statement being:
So now we look to the future. We are extremely happy to say that we have already found a new vocalist. Paul Green, whom many of you will know from The Arusha Accord, will be taking over vocal duties and we feel very lucky to have found someone who we deem to have an amazing voice and energy that will add a new dimension to DSHS. We hope that you will all welcome him into the band with the same positive and open-minded spirit that we have.
Thankfully, they also go on to say that new material is in the works and more news will be announced about that shortly so here’s to hoping for some new DSHS sooner rather than later.