Folk metal band Eluveitie has announced the departure of guitarist Sime Koch. An official statement can be read below.
According to the statement, Koch, who was a member of Eluveitie for eight years, decided to leave the band in favor of focusing his attentions on family life and other projects. Koch will play two more shows with the band: one on September 20 at the Kofmehl in Solothurn, Switzerland and the other on December 29 at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in Winterthu, Switzerland.
Furthermore, Eluveitie announced that guitarist Rafael Salzmann would be stepping in for Koch as a live session guitarist.
Eluveitie’s statement: “We regret to inform you that Sime (guitars) is leaving Eluveitie.
Sime was thinking about this since quite a long time already and finally decided to take this step. He will set about some new goals in his life – both, vocational and familial – which will make it impossible for him to play in a touring band.
“Sime was part of Eluveitie for 8 years now, part of our little, crazy family – and we will dearly miss him. But at the same time we’re thankful for the awesome time we spent together.
“We wish him and his family all the best for his personal and vocational future!”
Koch issued the following statement: “A couple of months ago I informed my band mates, that I’ll leave Eluveitie in September 2012 for familial reasons. It was a very tough call, it was difficult to make this decision – in a way the band is part of the family too, after all.
“I will dearly miss Eluveitie. But fortunately the world (or rather Switzerland) is small: I will still play the upcoming shows in Solothurn’s Kofmehl and the Eluveitie & Friends festival with full commitment!
“I wish the band all the best and accident-free upcoming tours!”
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