NewsSeptember 13, 2004 10:52 PM ET12,632 views

Burnt By The Sun loses singer, drummer

The future of Burnt By The Sun is in doubt as frontman Mike Olender and drummer Dave Witte have now left the group. Remaining members Teddy Patterson and John Adubato may or may not continue under the same name. Here's what Mike Olender told Lambgoat about the split earlier today: "The decision was amicable and there are no ill feelings between any of us. This core line-up was really exciting, satisfying, and rewarding for me to take part in and I'm honored to have shared the last 4 years with Dave, Ted, and John. We wrote music that we loved and tried to convey a message that made people think." Olender will do a few more shows with For The Love Of, before focusing on his website The O Report (link). Witte will continue on with various other projects. Adubato and his wife are expecting another child in November.


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theturnon 9/13/2004 7:54:53 PM

first post

d4n 9/13/2004 7:55:26 PM

dammit i thought i would get first post

goodfellow 9/13/2004 7:55:29 PM

wow. worst fcking news I have heard. no offense to the remaining members, but please don't continue

wigjam 9/13/2004 7:55:30 PM

weak sauce

willy_wanker 9/13/2004 8:00:25 PM

well suck me sideways

noaone 9/13/2004 8:02:21 PM


Papertigers 9/13/2004 8:04:16 PM

im gutted :(...why do so many good bands split

ttu 9/13/2004 8:07:41 PM


vegans_taste_Good 9/13/2004 8:08:01 PM

holy crap, this is horrible news

youisretarded 9/13/2004 8:09:16 PM

holy shit......

jebus 9/13/2004 8:12:09 PM

this fckin' least i got to see them twice...

oilpoilo 9/13/2004 8:13:49 PM

my day is ruined :(

fkscenes1021 9/13/2004 8:13:54 PM

i just saw them a few weeks ago for the first time, shit, no wonder they finally played ca, its because theyre going to be no more. fck i love that band, once wasnt enough

revspin 9/13/2004 8:21:11 PM

this fcking sucks.

Fraulein 9/13/2004 8:44:12 PM

That's awful. We should hold a candlelight vigil or something.

buckwheat 9/13/2004 8:55:11 PM

This is icing on the cake of shitty news these past 2 days. At least I got to see them for the first time a couple weeks ago, but still :(

youhumphorses 9/13/2004 8:58:30 PM

its all well and good. but fck it. FOR THE LOVE OF, BITCHES. they own BBTS any day. period. that makes me not even care about this news, fck it. they're all older, FTLO is better. period.

germwarfare 9/13/2004 9:00:34 PM

WHAT. THE. fck.

xemoryhardcorex 9/13/2004 9:00:44 PM

this is a sad day. I love Burnt By The Sun.

Doogie 9/13/2004 9:03:21 PM

BBTS and FTLO are both awesome and i saw both, even though it was a singer filling in for BBTS.

Imalwaysright 9/13/2004 9:04:39 PM


jwcp 9/13/2004 9:09:13 PM


rob_mcfeters 9/13/2004 9:12:51 PM

this is absolute shit. terrible.

homovore 9/13/2004 9:23:02 PM

i support dave witte, no matter what decision he makes.

Coldchain 9/13/2004 9:28:51 PM

BBTS-Witte=pretzel without salt

The_Suit 9/13/2004 9:34:11 PM

fck that. Reeeeeeeeally early April fools joke? Please?

xannebowmanx 9/13/2004 9:41:21 PM

Thank god I got to see them three times this year. This is shitty news.

Jay 9/13/2004 9:44:53 PM


purityrecs 9/13/2004 10:05:47 PM


whitelambpowergoat 9/13/2004 10:43:15 PM

lambgoat brings the mad shitty news

renegade 9/13/2004 10:50:51 PM

This sucks. I got to see them once and they were great.

Jimmy_Pee 9/13/2004 11:21:48 PM

god fcking damn it

tinboxforthetwo 9/13/2004 11:28:07 PM

this sucks! at least igot to see them a few weeks ago before this occured.

Dutchkillz 9/14/2004 1:58:07 AM


bigbuTTbill 9/14/2004 2:19:07 AM

Replacing David Witte would be impossible.

ihavegas 9/14/2004 6:10:13 AM

what the hell is going on with bands these days

endlesstragedy 9/14/2004 7:01:44 AM

another amazing band to add to the list of botch, coalesce, shai hulud, turmoil etc. They should call it quits now, both people were the center peice of that band. Both were very unique.

humansteamroller 9/14/2004 8:03:39 AM

Worst. News. Ever.

horseheadxbookends 9/14/2004 8:17:38 AM

even a green bay win last night can't make me smile for the rest of the day after hearing this...fck!!

mattmyblood 9/14/2004 9:19:45 AM

Olender should stay with For The Love Of fulltime and help bring back one of the best metal/hardcore bands EVER! BBTS was downhill ever since the selftitled release.

fueledbyfailure 9/14/2004 10:17:02 AM

don't worry, there's no bbts without witte, they won't continue... if they do, boycott 'em!

Kevin_Lovelost 9/14/2004 1:55:18 PM

ouch, this fcking hurts..I don't think anyone could replace Olender while maintaining the BBTS style and reunion shows without the original are lame lame lame lame :(

Hardware 9/14/2004 3:08:55 PM

This news hurts! I knew this would happen, but seriously we got a decent amount of music from these guys. I'm waiting for a Discordance Axis reunion. support Dave Witte!!!!

hoffa 9/14/2004 3:46:13 PM

maybe now they'll record some war chalking stuff. hopefully.

willy_wanker 9/14/2004 4:18:26 PM

everything they did was great. it doesnt have to be the same fcking record each time

niintimmii 9/14/2004 6:46:57 PM

sad news. but hey, maybe now it's war chalking time!

Kefka 9/14/2004 9:20:08 PM

more phantomsmasher plz.

carlosnyc 9/15/2004 2:04:35 AM

I play in a band called, HOPE COLLAPSE, with Dave Witte. We're on My Space.

jesussandwich 9/16/2004 10:37:29 AM

shitty news, the shittiest new. Poop. Well, Mike's website is mad cool at least I can still read his political rants there.

xTheseBrokenArmsx 9/17/2004 2:45:54 PM

this is the saddest shit ever. :(

phatchief666 9/18/2004 5:36:06 AM

This is awful news, their last cd was a masterpiece of modern metal. Usually when one amazing band splits they spawn a number of shitty bands. Although I don't think Dave Witte has ever put his name to anything bad....

Cram11 9/18/2004 8:55:07 PM

BBTS rocked the Stressfest this YEar..Glad I got to see em again before they disbanded!!!!

erwhuntle 9/20/2004 8:06:04 AM

that fcking sucks, but you should all be jealous because my shitty band got to open for them in okc in july. hahaha.

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