Ryan Blake Folden, the drummer of Italian metal stars Lacuna Coil, is stepping out of the band as their permanent drummer. He announced his decision in a short statement via social media today.
“I did not play on the upcoming record nor will I be touring with the band outside the US,” announced Ryan in his statement, explaining: “I decided a few months back to start some new adventures in my life and made the decision to step down as the full time drummer for the band.” He added: “Fortunately, Cristina, Andrea, Marco and Diego are as close to me as family can be and have been nothing but understanding and supportive as they continue on their own respective journeys! With that being said, as a genuine long time fan of the Lacuna Coil, I can’t wait to hear “Black Anima”.
The US-based drummer joined Lacuna Coil in 2014 when longtime drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati retired from the band and played several live shows with them in previous years as a fill-in musician. During his time in the band, Folden recorded one studio album, “Delirium”, and live DVD, “The 119 Show: Live in London”, with Lacuna Coil.
You can catch Ryan at the upcoming Lacuna Coil shows in the US, including the two 119 shows in New York next week. He says: “I’m so pumped to see everyone and share the stage again with my Italian family!”
As for Ryan’s replacement, no name has been announced officially yet. However, it is no secret that the band has teamed up with their fellow Italian Richard Meiz, drummer of symphonic death metallers Genus Ordinis Dei, to work on their new record “Black Anima”. Richard has been performing with Lacuna Coil on all of their recent festival shows and can be seen on a new band picture promoting “Black Anima”, due out October 11.
You can watch a performance of “The House Of Shame” from Tzunami Rock Festival with Richard on drums below.