FINNTROLL have announced plans to go ahead with their previously announced European tour with KATATONIA despite the recent passing of guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta.
"We are doing the tour as previously agreed," the band said in an official statement. "We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta, a close friend and one of the leading forces behind this band, gave us a blow from which the recovery will take a long time. We feel that dropping everything now, canceling the tour and all the plans we together agreed for this band, would be an insult on Teemu's memory. Going back on the road was also the particular wish of his family and close ones. We feel that this is the best way to honor our friends' memory, taking the music out to the fans. On the following gigs the second guitar will be played by a long-time friend for all of us, Mikael Karlbom [THE SEVETH PLANET], who has played as a stand-in guitarist for us several times in the past.
"During the tour, we wish some courtesy on the part of fans, members of the press and others concerning questions about Teemu's departing, future of the band and such. We will share information in due time.
"Thanks to all those who have contacted us, expressed their condolences and honored our brother's memory."
As previously reported, Raimoranta — who was also a member of IMPALED NAZARENE — died on March 16 from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated.