Guitarist Gavin Harper has announced his departure from the Scottish folk/power metal band ALESTORM.
He commented: "In my time in this band, from doing the first ever recording to not appearing on the latest one, I have always strived to make ALESTORM my priority and put it ahead of many other things in life that have been more important to me in order to help ALESTORM be as big as it is now. In this time, and in my attempts to keep my band members thriving in the music industry and taking advantage of everything, I have nearly bankrupted myself, been pushing new levels of unhappiness and had countless sleepless nights trying to plan routes for the guys within the budgets we have received. I have been struggling with personal differences with some members for a while and just feel that it is for the best if I make way for someone willing to put up with this.
"I have recently taken up residence in a new country and have a lot of new responsibilities as well as a lot of new opportunities and I feel that it is now time to follow what I want rather than constantly struggle and sacrifice that which belongs not only to myself, but to all the loved ones that I have had to borrow from and rely on to keep ALESTORM in the music business.
"I will be back with new projects, signed or not, it's now time that music becomes fun again and I will be making a lot of music in the near future!"
ALESTORM was recently rejoined by drummer Ian Wilson.
The band has just completed work on four-track EP, which will go on sale to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour. According to the group, "It's got one new awesome song, a cover, 'Wenches and Mead' in German (oh, yes), and a revamped version of 'Heavy Metal Pirates', available on CD for the first time."
"Leviathan" EP tentative track listing:
02. Wolves of the Sea
03. Weiber und Wein (German version of "Wenches and Mead")
04. Heavy Metal Pirates
ALESTORM released its debut album, "Captain Morgan's Revenge", in January through Napalm Records.
According to a press release, the quartet "plays Scottish 'pirate metal,' by their own definition, and musically resembles the great battle metal bands such as KORPIKLAANI or TURISAS, albeit with a unique touch and Scottish instrumentation."
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/alestorm.
ALESTORM performing at Metalcamp festival in Slovenia (July 2008):