Shortly after unveiling their new album, folk metallers Equilibrium now announce two departures from the group. According to the band, this weekend they received an unexpected message from Sandra van Eldik and her brother Andreas Völkl, who told them that they will leave the band. Both have been in the band since the beginning. You can read their statements below.

A statement from René, Robse and Hati is expected today.

Statement from Andi: "Dear family, friends, fans and crew, I would like to tell you my decision, that my sister Sandra and I left the band Equilibrium. With all of you together, and more than a decade, I had the most beautiful concerts and tours, an exciting time in my life that I do not want to miss. Happiness and sorrow, line-up changes of all kinds, there was always something going on. René, Robse, Hati and crew, thank you for the nice time. I wish you all the best, go full blast! Every end is a new beginning. There will be a new band for me, which I will stay with you, musically and on stage. Best regards, Andi."

Statement from Sandra: "Dear friends, family, crew and fans! Today is the day; for me the era of Equilibrium has come to an end. My brother Andi and I have decided to leave the band. In the past 13 years I got to learn a lot, had many ups and downs and I got to know a lot of people who enriched my life in many ways or have given me the opportunity to learn and grow. I would like to thank each and every one of you for all the energy, for the happy moments, feedback and support. I will keep it all in my heart for all times. René, Robse, Hati and crew. Thanks and all the best for you guys! For me it's time to open new doors and find new challenges, for this it was necessary to leave behind the old and move on to something new. Thank you all! Sandra."

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UPDATE: The other Equilibrium band members have released statements confirming the band is moving forward despite the departure of two founding members. You can read the statements here.

Statement from drummer Tuval "Hati" Refaeli: "Last weekend was full with question marks and mixed feelings. Equilibrium had suffer a tremble, yet it is and will stay balanced! I would like to wish Sandra & Andi all the best with their future endeavours. I had the pleasure to work with you fine people and we did share a lot of moments together. will sure miss you guys... Rest assured that Rene, Robse and myself will continue the Equilibrium adventure and we are looking forward with positive and high expectations to what future holds."

Statement from René Berthiaume: "Many years have passed now since Sandra, Andi and I founded this band and I can still remember very well the first sessions playing Metallica songs. I owe both of them great thanks because they helped me a lot to build up this band and they always stood by my side. So I was really surprised by their announcement to leave the band. But I know Sandra and Andi and I understand if they want to concentrate on other things in their life. They are out of the band now but not out of the world. And of course we are still friends! My feelings are mixed: On the one hand I regret the departure of Sandra and Andi. On the other hand we are just before releasing an kick-ass new Equilibrium album and great shows. I'm someone who looks ahead and so we will intensively look for 2 musicians that fit into the band and will go the next steps with us in Equilibrium. To calm the concern of many fans: Equilibrium will continue as well as the music will not be affected in any way by this change inside the band."


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Equilibrium
 
Posted: 31.03.2014 by BloodTears



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Pegi - 31.03.2014 at 13:03  
Wow, first Manu and Helge and now Sandra and Andi. That sucks
Wes - 31.03.2014 at 14:29  
Crazy
Troy Killjoy - 31.03.2014 at 16:05  
So how did this all go down?

"Hey guys, how about we start writing new material?"

"That sounds great! Get an announcement up immediately! Also we quit."

*crickets*
Pitwulf93 - 31.03.2014 at 16:40  
Well this sucks. But the album will probably still kick ass!
IronArkadius666 - 31.03.2014 at 17:19  
Are there any original members left?

EDIT: nvm
Gothmog_Motsham - 31.03.2014 at 19:00  
Well that sure was unexpected...
FeskarN - 31.03.2014 at 19:11  
Yeah indeed, so unexpected. Only Rene left as original member now..
WinterMadness - 31.03.2014 at 22:32  
Rene is the main composer I believe, so their sound shouldn't suffer too much. This is a damn shame though.
Anyone else still holding out a shred of hope that it's some sort of April 1st joke?
Sentenced Odiin - 31.03.2014 at 23:34  
Written by WinterMadness on 31.03.2014 at 22:32

Rene is the main composer I believe, so their sound shouldn't suffer too much. This is a damn shame though.
Anyone else still holding out a shred of hope that it's some sort of April 1st joke?

There is a statement from René, that this is unfortunately not an April 1st joke (and by the way Sandra posted her departure yesterday).
DreamingDesire - 01.04.2014 at 00:57  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.03.2014 at 16:05

So how did this all go down?

"Hey guys, how about we start writing new material?"

"That sounds great! Get an announcement up immediately! Also we quit."

*crickets*


Timing couldn't have been worse! Glad these guys are so open with the fans though, many other bands would hold off and announce it a later time
WinterMadness - 01.04.2014 at 02:11  
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 31.03.2014 at 23:34

Written by WinterMadness on 31.03.2014 at 22:32

Rene is the main composer I believe, so their sound shouldn't suffer too much. This is a damn shame though.
Anyone else still holding out a shred of hope that it's some sort of April 1st joke?

There is a statement from René, that this is unfortunately not an April 1st joke (and by the way Sandra posted her departure yesterday).


Yeah, I saw that on their FB just after I posted. Sucks.
I'll look to the future like René does though...I'm excited for whatever Andreas will bring his talents to next, and for the future of Equilibrium as well.
The Evergreen - 01.04.2014 at 14:49  
Noooooooooooooooooo!
Well, at least the album is recorded.
Don't die, Equilibrium.
LeChron James - 02.04.2014 at 06:57  
Deeeeeyum gurl, some SERIOUS shit is goin down in Equilibrium.
MétalNoir - 26.04.2014 at 16:33  
"... the music will not be affected in any way by this change inside the band". Well it WAS god damn affected by Helge's and Manu's departure. I don't like what's happening with that band, they might as well call it quits before they start to sound like a folk version of Cradle of Filth.

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