BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART parts ways with vocalist Tony Gambino


Guitarist Sam Ryder steps up to lead-vocal responsibilities
Band releases new track, “Out of Control”

July 22, 2012 – Glam-rock powerhouse BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART have announced today that vocalist Tony Gambino will be leaving the band for personal reasons. Stepping up to the mic to replace him will be current guitarist Sam Ryder, who brings with him Gambino’s full endorsement.

Gambino has released a video statement explaining his decision, which is excerpted here:

“This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. But I recently decided to leave the touring life so I can stay home with my family.

With that said, I have some exciting news – I’m super stoked to announce that Sam Ryder is going to be stepping in as lead vocalist, and I couldn’t be more honored to have anyone else take my spot. Sam is a world class musician and vocalist and I have nothing but confidence in him.”

Watch Tony Gambino’s full statement
http://youtu.be/-uW9SQ_sb5E

By filling the “vacant position” of singer from within, the international shred-metal group can ensure fans of a fluid, flawless transition into the next era of BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART’s music. Driving that point home is the release of a previously unheard track, “Out of Control” – featuring vocals from the newly promoted Sam Ryder – that illustrates in no uncertain terms his talent and capability as the band’s new frontman.

Listen to “Out of Control”

“Tony is my best bud,” adds the Essex, UK-based Ryder. “Duty is calling him right now and he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do, but the show must go on. We have some great fans and they should know that I ain’t about to let anyone down! Come bang your heads and sing some rock n’ roll. That’s what this is all about, and believe me – we’re just getting started.”

The launch of this new chapter comes on the heels of the band’s third album, Feel The Power, which was released this January on Tooth and Nail Records. The lauded, high-octane, release is the follow-up to the band’s celebrated 2008 album Pedal to the Metal (Century Media), and finds BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART shrugging off past metalcore trappings in favor of something more heartfelt.

Like any artist with a notable body of work, BLESSED has experienced a near constant evolution over the past eight years, in some part due to lineup changes, but mostly due to a stylistic progression away from pure metalcore in favor of more traditional metal and hard rock. One listen to Feel The Power confirms that not only is this not the same band that recorded All Is Fair, but that that very fact is their saving grace. Staying ahead of the curve and distancing themselves from the pack is the key to BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART‘s longevity, and the reason the new album will resonate with even the most veteran headbangers.

Select Praise For ‘Feel The Power’:
“[A] blend of DragonForce, Andrew W.K. and Avenged Sevenfold… the totally over-the-top ‘Holdin’ Back For Nothin” will absolutely explode mosh pits.” – Alternative Press

Feel The Power is Blessed By A Broken Heart’s best work yet… bigger, better and heavier than anything they have done before” – Substream Music Press

“Unabashedly retro… lots of fun” – Outburn

“High-octane hard rock.” – Noisecreep

“a sound that’s true to the past and true to the present. Could [Blessed By a Broken Heart] be on to our future’s new musical trend?.” – HM

“Feel The Power cascades the listener with nuclear energy and an overwhelming amount of sound” – Hopecore

“An ear-candy overload of kick (bleep) hair-metal with all the screaming guitars, massive hooks, mega-choruses, and stacked harmonies you could ask for. This album is a shred-metal smorgasbord…bringing serious muscle to the glam metal game. (9/10)” — Hard Rock Haven

“[Blessed By A Broken Heart] has revitalized their sound by bringing heavy influences of hair metal to the 80′s mix, making this a highly enjoyable metal release (8/10).” – Lexington Music Press

“Shred guitar that could go on for days … Blessed By a Broken Heart are doing their part to keep the ’80s alive.” – Rock Edition

Blessed By A Broken Heart may have just hit a home run.” – Alternative Revolt

“[Feel The Power has] a distinct sense of fun, arena-sized fun, that is” – Blistering

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