After two years with the band, Fleshgod Apocalypse have announced that live drummer David Folchitto is leaving the project. The reason given is Parkway Drive’s hectic live schedule, combined with Folchitto’s wish to focus on other projects. The band have announced that Eugene Ryabchenko will be his replacement. Ryabchenko, a longtime fan of the band.
The full statement from the band’s Facebook reads:
“Fleshgod Apocalypse welcome Eugene Ryabchenko – Drummer as new live drummer.
Here’s a message from the frontman Francesco Paoli:
“After two years of collaboration, our live drummer and long-time friend David Folchitto called me expressing his desire to take a break from touring, to be more focused on different musical and personal projects that require more time home and a less hectic schedule. It was a rough moment for all of us, especially on a personal side, considering all the crazy experiences we’ve shared together, but we totally get his point and we want to support him in this new chapter of his life. Obviously, as soon as his departure was discussed, we started our search for a new live drummer who could fit the role.
Well, this guy’s name is Eugene Ryabchenko. He is a long-time Fleshgod fan and also an extremely talented musician, incredibly well trained, with a solid career as a professional drummer but, most important, he is super nice and humble, which are both essential requirements to be part of this band.
From now on, he’ll be the man behind the kit for all our next shows, so please welcome him and don’t hesitate to show all your love and support!
We just finished delivering our first bunch of shows together and I feel like we truly found the final piece of the puzzle. What we have now, thanks also to Veronica and Fabio, is the best line-up we could ask for, surely the best you’ve ever seen.
So, next time we’ll be in town, make no mistake and come experience the new Fleshgod Apocalypse.”
“It is a huge honor and pleasure to announce that from now on I will be playing drums for Fleshgod Apocalypse.
No need to say that it is an extremely challenging task because the guys set a very high bar in terms of live performance and musical creativity. But I believe this is the right place for me to grow as a musician and a person as well. I am looking forward to the upcoming shows in the near future and see you all on the road. Let’s make history and have a blast 🤘🏻”
You can also read a full statement by David on his personal profile.