Former ELUVEITIE Guitarist IVO HENZI Comments On Departure - "I Am Disappointed And Frustrated, But I Also Know This To Be The Only Possible Solution"
May 17, 2016, 4 years ago
Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie recently checked in with some sad news, revealing the band has splintered following the firing of drummer Merlin Sutter. They have posted an official statement explaining the situation, which can be found here. Guitarist Ivo Henzi has posted an official statement regarding his departure, which can be read below:
"With a heavy heart I have to announce my departure from Eluveitie. This is not an easy decision; for over a decade, Eluveitie has been at the very centre of my life. I am grateful for the opportunities provided to me over the years, opportunities to play many countless shows and to bring joy to fans from across the world with the music of Eluveitie. I have grown as a musician and as a songwriter and I am proud of having contributed many a song, and of playing a crucial role in shaping Eluveitie's sound today.
Unfortunately, certain conditions and dissent with other band members require me to conclude that both on a professional and a personal level I no longer can, or want to, continue with Eluveitie. Recent events have made it impossible for me to reconcile a future with Eluveitie with my conscience.
I have not anticipated these developments, therefore this step is sudden. Yet it is also final, and well thought-out. I am disappointed and frustrated, but I also know this to be the best, and only, possible solution. Especially after all these hard working years, investing full time on live shows, recording in the studio and pushing the spirit of Eluveitie's music in all conscience to the next step.
Music will remain my passion and my purpose in life; this will not change. I am motivated and I look positively towards my musical future. I am, in fact, already working on new music (along with Anna and Merlin).
I remain eternally grateful for the longstanding support of you, the fans, because without you I would have never gone as far as I have!"