Dutch death metal veterans PESTILENCE have parted ways with bassist Tilen Hudrap due to "scheduling differences" and have replaced him with Edward Negrea (NECROVILE).
Tilen states: "Thanks to all our fans all over the world for mega support this year! It's appreciated more than you can imagine! It was an insane year, a crazy ride indeed with my life-long brothers Patrick, Calin and Septimiu, filled with good vibes and energy.
"I'm extremely proud to be a part of this historic legacy of death metal that is PESTILENCE and playing alongside my bro and one of the biggest innovators in extreme metal genres ever, Patrick Mameli! I will cherish these times forever!
"Sometimes life gives us opportunities that we can't say 'no' to and 2019 is going to be so busy for me in my other musical journeys that I had to make the most difficult decision ever: to leave PESTILENCE, because the band has a mega hectic schedule for 2019 planned as well. All the experiences we had together will stay with me forever and I wish my brothers in PESTILENCE absolute success in the future!"
Tilen will stay in PESTILENCE until end of this year and will play all the booked shows in 2018 with PESTILENCE in Mexico and Europe.
Edward says: "I'm active in the music industry since 2009. My main instrument when I started, was the piano. During these piano years, I learned both the electric and bass guitar. Playing the piano helped me alot to get a deeper understanding about music and music theory in general.
"Since 2014, I've been playing with several bands like MARCHOSIAS, PADDINGMOTH and the most important one: NECROVILE.
"I've been playing across Europe as a bass player alongside bands like NILE, SUFFOCATION, CANCER, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, KREATOR, SEVERE TORTURE, WORMED, OPETH, ANNIHILATOR and the list goes on and on.
"I am very excited to be given this opportunity to show my bass skills to the metal world, and I hope the fans will accept me as PESTILENCE's new bassplayer".
Edward will showcase his six-string bass talent with PESTILENCE beginning in 2019 through touring, festivals and new music.
PESTILENCE's latest album, "Hadeon", was released in March via Hammerheart.