This is a total bummer. Phil Dubois has confirmed all the rumors, and has announced his departure from Revocation in an exclusive statement to Metal Injection. Here’s what he said: “It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing I will be leaving Revocation. This was by far the most difficult decision I’ve ever made in my life, but after much soul searching I’ve decided that it is no longer the right path for me, so I will be moving forward to pursue new musical projects. I remain close friends with my brothers in the band, and support them 100% in all their future endeavors. I know such a talented group of guys will have a long and prosperous career, and I look forward to watching Revocation continue to grow and evolve. I look back on my time with Revocation with nothing but fond memories, and feel incredibly lucky to have been part of something so special. I would like to thank the enormous amount of people who have helped us over the years: from everyone we’ve worked with at Relapse and Metal Blade, to our manager Shawn Carrano and our booking agent Dan Rozenblum, to all the amazing bands we’ve toured with over the years, and to our very supportive families who have been with us all the way through this incredible journey. Most of all I would like to thank all of our amazing fans that have made our career in music possible. To everyone who has ever picked up a record, come out to a show, bought a t-shirt, and even taken us into their homes when we didn’t have a place to stay, thank you all so much for helping us turn our dreams into a reality. I’m humbled and moved beyond words knowing that what we started in my parents dining room when we were 14 years old has resonated with so many people and allowed us to travel the world sharing our passion. I look forward to continuing my career in music and can’t wait to get back out playing shows, see you all on the road with whatever comes next! -Phil.”
Anyone that has talked metal with me over the past decade knows my dedication and love for Revocation, and it goes way beyond their music. I was one of the first to interview the guys back in Atlanta, and have since grown a friendship with them that I’m forever grateful for. Phil is, not only one of the most insane guys behind the kit, but just as insane off the stage. There’s simply never a dull moment when Phil’s around!
While it sucks that Phil’s time with the band is over, this is definitely not the end for him. He’s too damn talented, and too damn awesome to be around for a band not to pick him up. We’ll let you know of his replacement and future plans as they come, but for now, enjoy Phil tearing it up below!