Division Parts Ways With Bassist Ron Kralik
Ron Kralik, bassist of Virginia metal band Division, has issued the following message regarding his departure from the band:
"Six Years... It was six long years and one month ago when I was surprised by an email from Matt Crooks asking if I would consider filling in for Division for several shows that they had booked in the spring as their long-time bass player Dan Plunkett had to withdraw due to carpal tunnel syndrome. This in spite of (or because of) the awesome album Trinity only being released a few short months prior. I had been a fan of Division from when I first saw them at Scott Stewart's departure show. I immediately jumped at the chance and even came with five songs to the audition instead of the asked for three. The two shows that I was filling in for went well enough and they asked me to join full-time. It's been an eventful six years. We've poured ourselves, our sweat and even our blood into this band. We've played some awesome shows and had some great trips that I will never forget. It's been a pleasure making Control Issues for you, and now with some sick kind of symmetry, I will be departing myself just one month after the album's release. This has not been an easy choice or an easy process, but I am moving to Austin, TX with a new job to once again live with my wife, who has been there since last August for grad school. I don't know if we will be returning to the DC area or not, or even if we will remain in Austin after she graduates, but nine-months is already to long to be away from the one you love. I will miss Division (the band) and the guys (Mike, Dave, James, & Nick) greatly. The band has been my family here, particularly so since my wife moved. I want to also thank my other Washington area metal brothers in Hatred, Iris Divine, and Cab Ride Home, as well as the rest of the band wives and our fans for doing there best to help this are still feel like home. I will always be grateful for your friendship and the music and memories we've made together."
"Though this is a departure and a time of some sadness, it is also a time of new beginnings. While Division will be searching for a new bass player, the awesome Brian Dobbs of Iris Divine will be filling in for me for live shows and I will continue my role assisting in writing the follow up to Control Issues. I am also looking ahead to new musical endeavors in the US capitol of live music. I understand Texas has a vibrant metal scene which offers new possibilities for me and potentially a new market for expansion of Division fans as well."
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