Whitechapel drummer Alex Rudinger has revealed he has quit the band, just three months after the deathcore band led by Phil Bozeman announced they had been added as a permanent member.
Rudinger explained his exit in a statement on Tuesday, December 7. He joined Whitechapel in 2019 as a touring drummer and performs on their latest album, October’s Close. “I am always incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to perform and write with them,” said the drummer, “and I wish them well.” Rudinger has also performed in groups such as Conquering Dystopia, The Faceless, Threat Signal and Good Tiger.
The drummer explains, “Some time ago I quit Whitechapel. I offered to keep this a secret until the album came out. Despite not being with them anymore, I am immensely proud of the new album, and I didn’t want to distract from the music. “
Rudinger continues, “There were certainly reasons for this decision, but I always thought it was incredibly unprofessional for an artist to publicly disclose all of their issues. All I’m going to say is: a number of things didn’t seem right to me, both professionally and personally, so I decided to move on. “
In September Whitechapel said: “Over the past few years our good friend Alex Rudinger has served as drummer for live shows, and we thought what better time than now to welcome him as an official member afterwards. his stellar performance on … Close. “
Rudinger retorts, however – “Despite their semi-recent posting, I was never a full-time member of the band,” he says. “I’m sorry to disappoint anyone, but this announcement was made prematurely. It was discussed, but important details were never addressed. I was never asked to sign anything, and I had no knowledge of the inner workings of the company itself. I was treated and paid like a mercenary all the time, including writing and recording Close. “
Whitechapel is scheduled to tour the United States with Cannibal Corpse in February 2022. It is currently unclear whether the group has someone to replace him.
Read Rudinger’s full statement below.
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