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Trapt went through a dramatic change last year, parting ways with guitarist Robb Torres and replacing him with Atreyu veteran Travis Miguel -- but the group is getting along just fine now, according to frontman Chris Taylor Brown.
Brown -- who played many of the guitar parts on the California group's new "Reborn" album -- tells us that the band "just couldn't handle" Torres anymore.
"He wanted to do things his way, and we didn't see eye to eye," explains Brown, who also co-produced the album. "He had to go, and there were some problems he had with...just certain things I don't want to go too much into, just out of respect for him."
Miguel, meanwhile, was an easy choice, Brown says. "We've known him from Atreyu for a while, and he came along and we asked him, 'Do you want to play guitar for us,' and he was like, 'Yeah!' He comes from a total thrash metal background; when the riffs come, he just slays it. I think he makes the songs even harder than they were before. It's pretty cool."
Trapt is currently touring to promote "Reborn," which came out January 22 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. It's the group's first release for its own label, though it's being distributed by EMI.
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