Christian metal/rock band The Persuaded announced the departure Joseph Vargas, bassist and backing vocalist for the band. The Persuaded is a band that originated in September 2010 with four members, including Vargas. As of the last month, the band has been playing shows without Vargas, having fill-ins taking over that position. On October 23, 2016, the band announced the departure of Vargas. Vargas is currently working on a project entitled Our Last Trial. The Persuaded is currently working on a new EP.