Danish metallers ILLNATH have called it quits following the departure of guitarist Peter Falk.
Falk says in a statement: "I have experienced many things since 1997 when ILLNATH played our first tunes. As the only founding member since then, I have always had a strong belief in the band. Nothing has been able to overshadow the will and energy to work forward and fight for things.
"I am 37 years old now and I have gained a more nuanced view of things. In the recent years, my personal musical preferences moved in a somewhat different direction than melodic extreme metal, and I feel that now is the time for a change.
"I regret nothing in my time with ILLNATH and I have had many great experiences with the band, but my heart does not live and breathe for this band anymore.
"Given that neither Dennis [Stockmarr, drums], Kenneth [Frandsen, bass] or Marika [Hyldmar, vocals] feel that it is the right thing to continue ILLNATH without my participation, we have decided to call it a day.
"Instead of focusing on the sad aspect of ILLNATH stopping, I encourage our fans to focus on the good things ILLNATH, after all, has brought to the world through the nearly 20 years as an active band.
"I will still be working on my solo project LEADFREAK and Marika will be working in her black metal band MACHIAVELLIAN.
"We all hope to see you guys around through other musical aspects, and last but not least we would like to thank you all for the years of support and dedication towards the band, you have been our rock through it all. We sincerely thank you."
ILLNATH's fourth album, "4 Shades Of Me", was released in March via Pitch Black Records.