As exclusively reported here yesterday, Danish drummer Reno Kiilerich (PANZERCHRIST, VILE, HUMAN ERUPT) has been officially recruited as the session drummer in DIMMU BORGIR for the group's upcoming live appearances, a spokesperson for the band's management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Kiilerich, who rehearsed with DIMMU for the first time on Friday (March 26), is expected to join the band during Ozzfest 2004 as well as for the preceding European and South American dates.
Kiilerich is widely considered to be one of the most skilled speed/grind drummers around, having won the title "fastest feet in the world" with more than 800 hits on the pedals in one minute at the NAMM music convention in the U.S., according to published reports.
Reno joins the DIMMU ranks as a temporary replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the group's lineup in January.
In his first interview since being fired from DIMMU BORGIR, Barker told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the group's decision to let him go came as a "total surprise", with Nick attributing the split to "the distance thing — me being English and those guys being Norwegians. And me commuting from England to Norway all the time. I guess they thought things just weren't working out. I [also] think there might have been a few cultural differences, with me being English and those guys being Norwegians."