Basist Iscariah has left Norway's IMMORTAL. Here is Iscariah's official statement on the matter:
“Well, so this day came to an end despite its long and joyful hours. The statement I doubted would be written for a long time is here, and if you asked me directly why, I would not be able to give you a direct answer...because there is no definite reason why. I have basically followed my instincts and my gut feeling and came to the conclusion that I am leaving IMMORTAL. This band has basically been my life for 3 years, and it feels like some strange divorce is being processed.
“The band is getting bigger and with that follows complete dedication to the force. If not, you are bound to fall on your ass. To prevent this event, I quit. It is of my beliefs that if you have a single doubt, then leave. Do not try to shape the band to your benefit.
“I am not retiring. I just want to do what feels right for ME. At this point I am still involved in several other bands, which I am willing to push far. Also a new cult act, which I now have joined, should be announced shortly elsewhere. However, none of these acts have anything to do with my departure.
“A new bass player has been recruited for IMMORTAL, and he will be attending to the upcoming European tour and beyond. We are very optimistic about his skills and dedication, so I am sure he will be permanent. The band itself will announce within the coming days regarding who he is.
“I hail my brothers of this cult and I wish them the best of luck for the coming future events. Also not to forget, I want to raise my glass to all you maniacs out there who support this cult!
“All hail IMMORTAL!”