British heavy metal act DARK FOREST have parted ways with guitarist James Lees.
A message from the band states: "Over the last couple of months things may have seemed quiet in the Dark Forest camp but under the surface there has been a lot going on!
Firstly, we have been busily engaged in the writing and rehearsing of a new album which will be released some point later this year.
Secondly, it is our painful duty to announce that James Lees has left the band. He decided to call it a day, saying that he feels his time in the band has run its course and he wants to explore and concentrate on other areas in his life. We respect his decision and would like to thank Jim for his huge contribution in making Dark Forest what it is and for all the fun we’ve had over the last ten years!
Thirdly, we have been extremely fortunate in finding a new guitarist who is, we all agree, the only person who could possibly have replaced Jim.
Here is a message from Jim: "It's been a terrific 10 years of crisp melodies, rampant intoxication and illegitimate children. Thanks to all of the labels over the years for supporting many ventures and taking the Forest to foreign shores. Huge gratitude to the many fans out there, thanks for the support. I leave Dark Forest in the capable hands of Mr. Patrick Jenkins (of GRENE KNYGHT fame), he will takeover my guitar duties, the lucky sod. And of course, thanks to the Dark Forest boys themselves, cheers chaps, it's been a fucking blast! Be seeing you."
The band continue: "So it is our delight to announce that Patrick Jenkins (pictured above) is officially on board with us as second lead guitarist. Pat has been our friend for many years and has supported the band since the early days. His guitar skills have blown us away, his sense of melody and song writing are completely akin to Dark Forest and as Jim mentioned, he has been playing guitar with Christian in their folk project Grene Knyght for a number of years so he was always the perfect choice to fill Jims shoes.
We’ll leave you with this news for now while we get back to rehearsing the new material. Remember to keep an eye out for new gig dates and album news!"
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