If you were caught unawares by the departure of drummer Joe Sweat from the ranks of doom merchants Order of the Owl, you’re not alone. The split seems to have remained mostly private, kept off the social media radar until yesterday when the band announced that Dwayne Jones—who has pounded the skins for the likes of Sourvein, Demonaut, Subrig Destroyer and Telestrion—is taking over drumming duties for the band. According to guitarist Casey Yarborough, the parting of ways was amicable and the decision will allow both parties to pursue the creative direction of their choosing. For his part, Sweat will continue his roles in thrash metal maniacs Mangled and hardcore punks Manic, and rumor has it he has also joined post-hardcore bruisers Big Jesus. Meanwhile, the acquisition of the hard-hitting Jones signals a return to the ominous heavy rock vibe the group had developed with original drummer Corey Pallon.
In addition to the lineup change, Order of the Owl also announced that they had come to terms with independent metal label Domestic Genocide (Black Tar Prophet, Outer Gods) to release a new record in 2015. Details, including tracklisting and a specific release date, are still coming in, but Yarborough confirms the record will be called The Wolves of True Diamond Hate and will be recorded by Hawks and Wymyns Prysyn guitarist Andrew Wiggins. You can check out the gnarly cover art above. “It’s gonna be some dark, heavy rock,” Yarborough reveals. “Less metal.” The final product will be available on vinyl, digital download and a limited number of CDs.
Order of the Owl will perform on Wednesday, November 19th at 529. Supporting them will be Family, Beak and Dead Register. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 gets you in.