It’s been roughly a year since Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick left Megadeth, and since then the thrash metal giant has been without a permanent drummer, until now. Announced late last week, Megadeth has recruited Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren as its new full-time man behind the kit.
Verbeuren has been playing with Megaeth for months already, performing his first show with the band at Rock on The Range festival in May. As such, it likely was not a surprise to the rest of his Soilwork outfit when the announcement was made.
In fact, Soilwork vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid has given his well-wishes:
In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full-time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.
Verbeuren has also commented:
They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make. This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past 12 years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join Megadeth — a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated — I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my Soilwork family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain, and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David, and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!
And just because this is awesome and somehow related:
Rock Hard \m/