Guitarist Christian Hector has left MIDNATTSOL, the German-Norwegian band featuring vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes (the younger sister of LEAVES' EYES singer Liv Kristine). His statement on the matter reads as follows:"It's been some years since Carmen and me started out forming Midnattsol. Now it's time for me to move on and experience new musical directions. My decision is due to the musical development of the band, the lack of time for family and friends and last but not least my second band AHAB. I'd like to focus on the work along with my dear friend Daniel Droste and Cornelius Althammer. Nonetheless, I still call everyone in MIDNATTSOL my dearest friends, too! And I guess we'll have too much beer together again quite soon. So as you see this decision is not born from quarrels, controversy or dispute with Chris, Birgit, Carmen, and the two Daniels. It's just my musical way will be a different one now. I enjoyed being part of this for the last five years, and I guess I'll probably join one or the other of MIDNATTSOL for some other musical projects in the future. May it be folk, rock, metal or whatever. We'll see. I wish MIDNATTSOL good luck with 'Nordlys' and the best for their further career." MIDNATTSOL's second album, "Nordlys" (translated: Northern Light), was released in March via Napalm Records. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen and was mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with Mika Jusilla. MIDNATTSOL's debut album, "Where Twilight Dwells", was released in 2005 via Napalm Records. Christian Hector during "Nordlys" recording sessions:
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