Sweden Rock magazine (web site) recently conducted an interview with former HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren about his decision to leave the group. An excerpt from the chat which will be published in Sweden Rock magazine #51 (out on April 22) follows:Sweden Rock: How did the other HAMMERFALL members react to the news [of you leaving]? Stefan: At first we discussed whether it would be possible to combine my new job as a pilot with playing in the band, but in the end we realized that the HAMMERFALL schedule is way too busy for that too work in the long run. I have been making music for 11 years and I am glad to have had the opportunity to make records and tour all over the world, but at the same time I felt it was time for something new. But of course, there is also a feeling of emptiness. The thought "will I never tour again?" certainly crossed my mind. Sweden Rock: Have you put down your guitar for good, or will you continue playing? Can we, for instance, expect another FULL STRIKE album in the future? Stefan: FULL STRIKE has been on hold for quite some time now, but the chances for a follow-up album are certainly better now than before I decided to leave HAMMERFALL. I love playing guitar, so one way or another, I will keep playing. Maybe it will just be playing covers with friends from time to time, just for fun. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the HAMMERFALL fans for their support through the years and I hope we meet again in the future. I believe we will. Stefan Elmgren talking about his decision to leave HAMMERFALL:
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