Finnish string quartet APOCALYPTICA have parted ways with one of the group's four cellists, Max Lilja. Here is the band's official statement on the matter: After the artistically satisfying, but very exhausting two-and-half-year project with the Cult album, we have finally started to raise our sights towards the future. Instead of focusing only on music, the project has forced each of us to clarify our individual ambitions as human beings as well as musicians. Unfortunately, during this process we couldn't clear up some of the difficulties and disagreements we had inside the band. The sad outcome of that is that Max will not continue in the band. We are also sorry about the fact that the Finnish press was faster than us to release this information, and we would really like to apologize for that. Sorry. Fortunately, right now we are in no hurry to find anybody to replace Max, since we are not going to have any tours this spring, but we trust that the matter will be solved when the time is right. APOCALYPTICA is now beginning to work with new material with full force and power and will be back more consistent and powerful than ever!!!!
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