Finnish power metallers KIUAS have issued the following update:
"We have some startling news: our lead singer, Ilja Jalkanen, has decided to leave the band after some serious thinking. The reasons for this are purely musical and the chemistry within the band has always been great. In Ilja's own words, 'My heart is not in heavy metal anymore, and a great band like KIUAS deserves a singer completely dedicated to the music.'
"However, as all the fans know, although Ilja has been the voice of KIUAS for many years, his contribution to the songwriting has been very minimal and thus his departure won't affect the band's musical direction or diminish the power of the music in the future in any way. The fact is that KIUAS will be able to continue its musical journey with passion only without Ilja — this is the only way to go.
"Unfortunately, Ilja won’t be able to perform the gigs we have booked for October 29-31. We were on the verge of cancelling them, but luckily we were able to get talented vocalist Asim Searah to stand in for Ilja on those gigs.
"We apologize for announcing this so late, but we had agreed with the local promoters to do the U.K. tour before we announced Ilja leaving the band.
"We also have some good news: Ilja will still perform a farewell gig with KIUAS in Helsinki in January 2011. The exact date and venue will be announced later."
"Of Lust, Love and Human Nature", the latest video from KIUAS, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Markus Nieminen of Routafilmi. The song comes off the band's fourth album, "Lustdriven", which entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 8.
Released on March 31 via Spinefarm Records, "Lustdriven" was produced at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki by Janne Joutsenniemi, who previously worked with the band on the pre-production of their last album, "The New Dark Age". Mikko Karmila mixed the album at Finnvox studios while the mastering duties were handled by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers.
"The New Dark Age" entered the official chart in the band's home country back in March 2008 at position No. 10.