has officially confirmed the departure of bass player Paul Burnette
, who has subsequently been replaced by Aaron Deal
. The band released the following statement to MetalSucks
"It's with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist Paul Burnette. Paul's presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we'll be eternally grateful.
"Although Paul will continue thrashing to live in the new powerhouse Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever. We love you, dude!
"As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex-Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He's rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it's safe to say, he's a true bro. We couldn't ask for a more badass addition to the dudes. Of all this craziness Aaron states: "As a long-time friend of all the dudes, I think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit. I've definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can't wait to take this party to the next level!"
"Come see us live all over Europe during the festival season. Here are the dates. This next beer's for Paul!"