Borknagar: Andreas „Vintersorg“ Hedlund steigt aus

Wie die norwegischen Avantgarde-Metaller BORKNAGAR via Facebook bekanntgegeben haben, ist Andreas „Vintersorg“ Hedlund aus persönlichen Gründen als Sänger von BORKNAGAR vorerst ausgestiegen. Der Rücktritt erfolge aber in aller Freundschaft und niemand solle sich zu sehr wundern, wenn Vintersorg auf einem späteren Album wieder als Gastsänger zu hören sei. Die Funktion des Leadsängers wird künftig der bisherige zweite Sänger, I.C.S Vortex, übernehmen.

„Due to personal reasons, Andreas „Vintersorg“ Hedlund has decided to step down as the lead vocalist of BORKNAGAR. The decision is based on mutual understanding, respect and in a friendly manner with the rest of the band. BORKNAGAR would like to express their sincere gratitude for the musical brotherhood we have shared throughout the years and wish Andreas the very best in his future endeavours. There is no drama to this situation, and our friendship will remain. No one should be too surprised if „Vintersorg“ reappears as a guest vocalist on a future record.

As a natural consequence, I.C.S Vortex will take a step forward into the role as  the band´s lead vocalist, and will, together with Lars Nedland, carry on BORKNAGARs legacy of vocal brilliance.“

Øystein G. Brun kommentiert:

„It is with a lot of respect, gratitude and good memories I see  one of my brothers in music set sails for new shores. Times are changing, and we both saw this coming for a while. Even though we are splitting as partners in BORKNAGAR, I am happy to say that we have decided to carry on our musical brotherhood in Cronian (Official). A new album will be released whenever time allows for that.“

Andreas „Vintersorg“ Hedlund kommentiert:

”Time has come to make some tough decisions and let reality set the rules. It is with both a light and heavy heart I leave Borknagar as the lead vocalist. The light part is that it´s done in an amicable way and that this is the right thing to do for me, in respect for the fans and Borknagar. The heavy part is that it’s hard to leave something this meaningful and beautiful. My situation after the accident makes it hard to tour, and my job situation complicates things further. So in a way I’m not ”leaving” as such, it’s more like I’m putting some oil into the Borknagar machinery so the band can keep their busy schedule, get out on the road and meet you guys. Borknagar will always have a special place in my heart and mind, and I hope that I can do some guest performances further down the road. The guys in the band are fantastic musicians and persons and I wish them the best of luck. However, Cronian is not dead and may shake its head before you know it.”

BORKNAGAR arbeiten derzeit an ihrem elften Album, die Aufnahmen sollen bereits fast abgeschlossen sein. Mix und Mastering wird im Frühling Jens Bogren im Fascination Street Studio angehen. Das Veröffentlichungsdatum soll in Kürze bekannt gegeben werden.

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