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Katatonia - Guitarist And Bassist Leave

Katatonia have issued the following statement regarding the departure of two long time band members:

"Sad but true, today's announcement will be heavy hearted for us to bring to you. We can hereby confirm that the brothers Fredrik "North" Norrman and Mattias "Krypt" Norrman have decided to step off the ride and leave Katatonia. We respect their decision and would like to take the opportunity to collectively thank them both for all the years gone by, all the up's and down's we shared out on the road, in the studio and basically the memories and moments we shared of our 20's growing up together. Fredrik was with us for 15 years and Mattias for 10 years and we were lucky to have the same intact line-up going since 1999, but it's true what they say - all good things come to an end.

Here's the official statements from the Norrman brothers:

Fredrik "North" Norrman: "This is definitely the hardest decision I've ever made. It's absolutely grievous to say the words "quit Katatonia", even worse to make it happen. It's been 15 really good years and I would like to thank the guys in the band and all people that I've meet on the road. I'll now watch Katatonia from your side..."

Mattias "Krypt" Norrman: "It's with great sadness I have decided to leave Katatonia after 10 fantastic years. This decision was probably the toughest I have ever made. The reason for this is many small factors that makes it hard for me to be away from home this forthcoming year. It's going to be a lot of touring in the future so the time for this desicion had to be done now. And I will point out that there is no personal argue between us in the band, just that the time for touring isn't right for me... This is not what I wanted, but family always comes in the first place. I would like to thank Jonas, Anders, Daniel, Fred and our crew for all those years together. It has truly been the best in my life. And a big thanx to all fans and all good friends I have made out there. You are the best and you will be missed... I really hope that one day when the time is right be able to continue the journey with the band. I wish all the best to you guys!! I'm really gonna miss the life on the road with you!"

We also know that out of the ashes of a setback new possibilities open up. We've already found temporary replacements for the upcoming tours and this will not affect any of our agenda or plans for 2010. Currently filling in for Fredrik on guitar will be long time guitar tech and also guitarist of Bloodbath, Mr. Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson while we have Niklas "Nille" Sandin (ex-Siebenbürgen, ex-Amaran) filling Mattias shoes on bass until we decide how to move on with the replaceable positions on a permanent long term."


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 22.12.2009 by gid | Comments (19)

Evergrey - Almost Whole European Tour Cancelled

Swedish metallers Evergrey have issued the following update on their MySpace page:

"This month is getting embarrassing, for us and the people who we work with. We are sorry to announce, that for circumstances and reasons beyond our control, we are forced to cancel the scheduled Evergrey European Tour in April.

We would like to apologize to all the fans of both bands for the last minute decision and promise to work on getting new dates set up as soon as possible. Its always hard to let people down and both bands were extremely excited to play for all of their fans in Europe but sometimes things apparently dont go as planned. Which makes us in the band really frustrated and mad.

I hope all of you understand that we are a band nothing more. This is what we live off and for, to play and tour, therefore we can promise that we are more sorry than anyone. This might not ease the disappointment for some of you but as said it's out of our control and involves so much details that none of you would be wiser of knowing.

As with the cancelled date in Atlanta we promise to make up for it as soon as we can and get a chance.

Two shows are however still on:

April 04 - Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob (support band: Manic Movement)
April 05 - Zoetermeer, The Netherlands @ Boerderij (support band: Mother Of Sin)

We decided that we would just rent a fucking van and travel in total 2500 km to at least play for some of you as all things surrounding these two shows are up to standard and still possible to do. Which the other ones aren't. We understand that people might think that - If they do those show they can do it all - unfortunately that's not true. We would do it all, in a van, if possible but so many circumstances prevent us from it.

What can we say more than that we are sorry."


Band profile: Evergrey
Event: Evergrey: European Tour [CANCELLED]
Posted: 26.03.2009 by gid | Comments (10)

Keen Of The Crow - Three Founding Members Leave Band

This item was posted on 23rd March 2007 on Keen of the Crow's official website:

"Ron Slater, Seth Arthur and Dan Ochoa have left Keen of the Crow. RIP KotC 3/23/2007"

Keen of the Crow was formed by two ex-Morgion members, and released a promising debut album earlier this year entitled "Hyborea."

Band profile: Morgion
Posted: 26.03.2007 by gid | Comments (6)