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Todtgelichter Parts Ways With Vocalist, Bassist, And Guitarist

Germany's Todtgelichter - which was covered in our look at non-traditional black metal bands - has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with three band members:

"Not many of you (if any) have noticed that - roughly since the departure of Nils – we have been trying to find a consistent way of expressing ourselves. Always searching for new ways while staying true to the core of what has been Todtgelichter: Completely different individuals with different tastes finding their common denominator in making music.

"Well, things do not always work out that way and sometimes compromises are not enough. The last months have been an example for that.

"In short: Claudio, Chris and Tobias are no longer part of Todtgelichter for various reasons.
You knew about Claudio’ s departure since the end of 2013 – he just grew out of the band, evolving, searching for other ways of expressions to make music. He will stay close to us though and might contribute one or the other riff someday as well as accompany us on tour. Thanks for being an active and creative part of us for so long, and we hope that behind the curtains you’ll stay with us even longer, mate!

"With Tobias we parted ways because the visions of what was to become the next emanation of Todtgelichter just went in completely different ways. He is a great vocalist, a great guy to be around and a creative mind and we all are proud of his contribution and effort regarding 'Apnoe.' But when it came to the future (and the past) of the band it just didn’t work out. What we, the remaining core of Todtgelichter, need to ask his forgiveness for is that we realized too late we couldn’t continue without our past, while he, being from a different background, was obviously looking forward. We are sorry for how it turned out and just hope you’ll understand someday. Thank you for your time with us, for the album and the great experiences we had with you!

"Chris left shortly after Tobias – let’s just say this foundation-shaking time was much to bear for everyone and of course very, very tedious. Chris decided that the last months drained too much of his energy to continue with us in a new formation. We respect his decision and thank him too for the energy, sweat and creativity he has put into the band – we would wish him goodbye too at this point, but in order to ensure the announced concerts he’ll hang around a little longer, you’ll see him on the Ragnarök and the Heavy Veddel festival!

"Now, if you have paid attention you’ll recognize we are down to the foundation members Frederic, Tentakel P. and Marta again. Or are we? The show must go on – We already have a new guitar player and all other changes will be announced during the next days. Be sure that Todtgelichter takes on a new form and new strength! If you are wondering what that means for Album Nr. 5, you can bet this is coming, with three songs roughly written so far – fans of the last two albums will not be disappointed. We decided we want to show more teeth again and are going a little step backwards into the direction of 'Angst' – while taking a big step sideways to regions uncharted, as always!

"Ah, and finally - we’re looking for a new bass guitar player to replace Chris with immediate effect. The other changes will be announced during the next days as promised. The announced gigs will be played as planned! Stay tuned for Todtgelichter 2.0!"

The band's upcoming album will follow previous full-length "Apnoe" (reviewed here).

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