Hailing from San Diego, California, the hard rock/metal act SEVENTRAIN featuring guitarist Eric Horton (CAGE), guitarist Jef Poremba (6ONE9, KOFI BAKER), bassist Dino Andino (TOURNIQUET) and drummer Joel Maitoza (24-7 SPYZ, SHOCKHEAD) have officially announced their new vocalist as Eric Koonze (SICARUS).
SEVENTRAIN amicably parted ways with their former singer, Jon Campos in August of 2015 who wanted to focus more on his acoustic solo career as the band wanted to pursue a more heavier direction for the next album, yet still maintain their bluesy metal groove from the first album.
Drummer Joel Maitoza states: “We would like to take this opportunity to officially announce and welcome Eric Koonze to the band as the new frontman for SEVENTRAIN. With Eric’s exceptional vocal abilities and positive attitude, we now feel like the possibilities are endless. The new songs will reflect that and we couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank all of the amazing vocalists who took time out of their busy lives to learn our songs and came down to our studio to audition. Over the past 10 weeks, we have had nearly 50 applicants and narrowed it down to 12 live auditions. SEVENTRAIN also wants to apologize to our fans for having to cancel our dates with Lynch Mob and Prong in order to take the time needed for the audition process. We plan to get back into the studio as soon as possible to continue work on the new album and are already scheduling shows for early 2016. Onward and upward…we’ll see you soon!”
SEVENTRAIN will make their live performance debut with their new vocalist on February 5th, 2016 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California opening for OPERATION: MINDCRIME featuring Geoff Tate.
SEVENTRAIN’s self-titled debut album was released on February 14th, 2014 in the US, Europe and Japan on the bands own label imprint (So. Cal Records) distributed by Alliance Entertainment which is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. The album charted on the CMJ Loud Rock Top 40 at #36 it’s first week to radio on February 25th, 2014 and received favorable reviews by critics worldwide in print and online media. Since the albums release, SEVENTRAIN has been direct support on select dates with Pat Travers, Michael Schenker, SKID ROW, BLACK STAR RIDERS, SAVING ABEL, RED DRAGON CARTEL, SALIVA and PUDDLE OF MUDD. The debut video for their single ‘Bittersweet Seduction’ was released on May 15th, 2014 and their second video for the bands single ‘Broken’ was released on December 24th, 2014. Seventrain was also nominated for Best Hard Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards. The band is currently in pre-production for their follow up album to be released in the spring of 2016.
Below you can hear Eric Koonze with his previous band SICARUS: