Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hallows Eve Parts Ways with Abbamonte and Welcomes Bartelson

Chris Abbamonte has bid farewell to Hallows Eve. The guitarist left the Atlanta-based thrashers "for personal reasons." He was quickly replaced by Evan Bartelson (Las Tregas Nosferatu, The Despised, Black Daniels) who, according to a press release, "brings not only over 25 years in the Atlanta music scene but, more importantly, his unique playing, writing and live performance skills."

The Neverending Sleep,Hallows Eve's latest album, featured original members Stacy Andersen (vocals) and Tommy Stewart (bass) along with Jim Gorman (drums), Doyle Bright (guitar) and Abbamonte. The album was produced by Bright (formerly of Rigor Mortis) and has been cited as being "a conscious effort to achieve the feel and sound of Tales of Terror (1985) and Death and Insanity (1986)."

On April 28, 2007, Anderson and Stewart appeared together on stage for the first time 1989. The reunion occurred during a performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and was meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metal Blade Records. The pair were joined by drummer Dane Jensen and Doyle Bright (who is also Anderson's bandmate in two other bands: Soulzero and Two Pronged Death).

A deluxe edition box set of Hallows Eve material has been released by Metal Blade Records. The set includes the group's three Metal Blade albums (all of which have been remastered) as well as ample bonus material (including a bonus DVD that clocks over 200 minutes in length) and liner notes.

Audio samples can be found on the band's MySpace page.

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