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Agonizer Parts Ways With Vocalist, Pasi Kärkkäinen

Pasi Kärkkäinen, vocalist of the Finnish melodic metal band, Agonizer, has announced his departure from the band.

Pasi Kärkkäinen states, "This is Pasi writing the news. As in Pasi the vocalist of this band. I write this news to announce that from now on I will be the ex-vocalist of Agonizer. Reason to this I will now tell as honestly and forthcoming as possible so that you may understand the situation. After this we as a whole band prefer not to be asked why. Please just read the statement."

"A little over a year ago at Spinefeast festival I had a strong lack of motivation to be a singer in this band and also disbelief in my own skills and wether they are good enough. I discussed it with my wife and also with the rest of the band and decided that I would give this band a real effort for a while and then see what happens."

"This winter that feeling of failure came again probably as a result of my over growing problems with my throat. My voice would just not function as it used to be. Regardless my problems being real or just psychological I started to loose the motivation and started to wonder about continuing. I have always enjoyed making songs and playing them to the audience, but I never enjoyed the fame side of the band. I'm a bit of a recluse if you will. Also I had my daughter born at the spring and it just pushed everything else aside, including the band. Together these things influenced the need to talk with the other members about my future in the band. I told them that I would like to resign from this band and concentrate to my personal life and daughter with the fullest."

"We had one gig that I enjoyed as much as ever before and will not forget it. That made me question if I was making the right desicion. However other band members thought that since the new record was almost ready to be recorded it would be better to have a new vocalist that have the necessary motivation to continue the work on the band after the recording itself. So Joni called me and told me that they have decided to look for a new singer and with a relief I realized that they were right."

"So I hereby resign as a vocalist of this band and Agonizer will be looking for a new replacement. It is my wish that Agonizer will find someone really good so that I myself can enjoy this good metal music from the audience side. I also hope that someday I will enjoy a trip again with this band perhaps as a driver or other more alcohol spiced job available. I also wish good luck and success to the band and thank all the fans for these years that I have had. They have been amazing and memorable."

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