Leprous Splits With Bassist Halvor Strand
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Norway's Leprous has issued the following announcement about splitting with bassist Halvor Strand:
"It's with sadness we announce that our bass player and good friend through many years Halvor Strand has chosen to quit Leprous. His decision to quit the band is completely undramatic, and is not based on any sort of conflict. We're all very sorry about this, but we respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future. Thanks for everything Halvor! We wish you all the best for the future, and we will follow your projects very closely!"
Halvor also commented on the split:
"I'm currently getting busier and busier with other projects apart from Leprous. This means that it came to a point where I had to make a decision. I could no longer 'have my cake and eat it too' with all these different creative wheels in motion. Something had to go. Leprous deserves and requires that all members offers their 110 percent. My 110 percent started to get spread around in different projects. I had to follow my heart on this one - and I decided to pursue my own projects.
"An extremely difficult decision to make, since the option I chose means that I'm leaving an extremely good band made up of close friends and excellent musicians. I wish to thank Tor Oddmund, Einar, Tobias and Øystein for all the great times, and also the trying times that made us stronger! I know this band is destined for great things and I look forward to be an eager follower. I also wish to thank all our fans for being so great and supportive all along the way! This is it for me in Leprous, but it is definitely not it for Leprous! Go show them, guys! Signing off with hopes for the future and gratitude for the past, Halvor Strand."
Leprous also issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist:
"Leprous are very happy to announce that we've already got ourselves a new bassplayer! We would like to welcome Rein Blomquist to the Leprous-family! Rein is known from the progressive metal band Aspera (now called Above Symmetry), which released their debut album on Inside Out last year. When we first got the news that Halvor wanted to leave Leprous, the first person we thought about as a replacement was Rein. Rein is a really solid bassplayer with lots of feeling and groove, and he is also a really nice person. Luckily Rein wanted to join the forces without to much hesitation, and he is now a full member of both Leprous and Ihsahn's liveband. Rein will handle the bass on our upcoming album, which we will start recording in January."
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