NewsAugust 2, 2005 2:59 PM ET9,553 views

The Red Chord lose guitarist

A few days ago we mentioned that The Red Chord guitarist Kevin Rampelberg was no longer in the band. We've now spoken to The Red Chord frontman Guy Kozowyk and received official confirmation. Here's a statement from Guy: "Kevin Rampelberg (aka Big Kev) is no longer with The Red Chord. Kevin and I have been playing together in bands for the past 10 years and in The Red Chord for the last 6 or so. Kevin played his last show with the band at the Palladium in Worcester last week (July 26th). The split was abrupt, but amicable. For the time being, we are performing as a 4-piece with Gunface (aka Mike McKenzie) handling all the guitar duties. On the special occasion side of things, Psyopus guitarist, Chris Arp, is currently out with The Red Chord learning our songs in order to start filling in the next few days. For those of you confused, Psyopus is supposed to be out with Ion Dissonance and Swarm of the Lotus right now. Unfortunately, according to preliminary reports from the band, they were waiting to leave for the first show of the tour and they received a wild and confusing call from drummer Lee Fisher explaining he would not be able to do the tour. Psyopus contemplated having a drum machine fill in to keep from bailing, but parties involved disagreed with the practicality of the idea. Psyopus has made other drummer arrangements and will be back on their feet in no time. Look for Psyopus and The Red Chord to be playing together at Day 3 of this year's Hellfest and look for the Arp/Red Chord collaboration to begin in the next few days for the duration of The Red Chord tour with Between the Buried and Me and Acacia Strain."

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