Simone ‘Som’ Pluijmers Quits Cerebral Bore for Her Own ‘Happiness and Safety’
Perhaps the most purely brutal female metal vocalist in modern metal, Simone 'Som' Pluijmers, parted ways with Cerebral Bore just 24 hours before the band were set to begin touring with Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation and Malignancy. The messy breakup has been addressed by both parties, with Som claiming that she doesn't feel safe on the road with Cerebral Bore.
Cerebral Bore posted a sudden announcement on Nov. 23 via their Facebook page to inform fans that due to "logistical nightmares," the band had no choice but to cancel their appearance the tour's opening date in Springfield, Va. The band, with Som, successfully played the very next day in Atlanta, Ga. with seemingly no issues or ill will. Surprisingly, it was the following day (Nov. 25) that Cerebral Bore broke the news of Som's departure and who her replacement would be during the remainder of the tour:
Som walked out on us less than 24 hours before the US tour, and we were forced to either cancel or go ahead with it as an instrumental if need be. We didn't want to let our US fans down, so we went ahead with our buddy Shawn Whitaker on vocals for the tour. Show us your support and make Shawn feel at home, he saved us from a disaster.
Pluijmers, who has been showcased on our Brutal Female Metal Vocalists feature, reportedly posted a statement on her official Facebook fan page, although the post has since been pulled.
I decided to leave because Paul McGuire (guitar) treated me bad… And him saying I walked out on them like Im a b-tch is ridiculous. Im not a diva, I had to do this for my own happiness and safety. He woudnt let us have an own opinion or wouldnt let me have friends and screamt at us all the time.
Im sorry but I was too unhappy with him and had to leave. There was more going on than this but if hes gonna start bulls--t than im more than happy to tell you guys the truth. I had to do this for me and thought about fans etc. it was a difficult decision… But for the best…Its about the music indeed. I used to think this about other bands too. But we are the ones who have to eat, sleep, travel and are around each other all the time.
Living with someone youre scared of is the not good guys, I hope you understand. Please take care.
As of this posting, Cerebral Bore are set to perform the entirety of their remaining tour dates with Shawn Whitaker on vocals.