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The new Soulless
I’m not even sure why I am writing about this. The Soulless — who will always be formerly known as Ignominious Incarceration — aren’t that great. I mean, let’s face it — the band are not the best thing to have ever happened to melodic death metal. They’re not even the 15th best thing. But new members means metal news.

The Soulless have announced the addition of guitarist Kristen Dawson and drummer Dan Wilding (who has worked with Aborted and Trigger the Bloodshed).

“We auditioned guitarists for months, with not much luck for the perfect shredder,” said The Soulless about Dawson. “The band While She Sleeps are great friends of ours and recommended a guy from their area. They said he was perfect for the band and we trust their opinion so we gave him a shot. He sent us an audition video for the song ‘Earthbound.’ His was by far the best audition video so we invited him down to the studio while we were recording Isolated, the debut Soulless album.”

Debut? I guess as The Soulless, sure…but this band’s released records before. “We wanted Kristen to hear the album to ensure it was the music he was interested in. He loved what we were doing and really wanted to be involved. He stayed with us over the duration of the studio time. This allowed us to test him out as we could get him to play along to the studio tracks as if recording, so we could hear every mistake. He nailed what we gave him, especially considering the short time he had to learn the songs. We spent two weeks with him and got on well so the decision was easy.”

Of their new drummer, the band said that former drummer Sam Bailey left “to pursue other projects. So we needed a drummer. We asked a few friends to see if they could fill in whilst we searched for a permanent member. We knew Dan Wilding from friends Trigger the Bloodshed, and asked if he could fill in while not busy with other projects. He came to check the album out during the mixing process and liked the material so much that he asked to be a permanent member. The band was really happy with this as we knew Dan to be an amazing, really professional drummer who happened to be a super nice guy too.”

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