Sweden's DEATHSTARS have parted ways with guitarist Erik "Beast X Electric" Halvorsen. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"Due to lack of enthusiasm and living too far away from the band's location in Stockholm, Sweden, Beast X Electric's no longer a part of DEATHSTARS.
"It has for a longer time been a problem for the band with the huge distance from Beast X Electric's hometown on the Swedish West Coast to Stockholm, and the problem with getting everything to function timewise has taken too much energy for Beast X as well as for the rest of the band.
"DEATHSTARS is now reduced to only four members. Nightmare plays both guitars on the upcoming album, titled 'Termination Bliss'. The band and Beast X are still the best of friends and the former guitarist will always be a huge part of DEATHSTARS' spirit.
"On the upcoming tours, DEATHSTARS probably will use a session guitarist. Information on who that’ll be will be presented when that decision is made.
"Beast X would like to thank all fans for a 'motherfuckin' great time' and says that he in the nearest future will try to extend his collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
"[Commented Beast X Electric:] 'DEATHSTARS will always be huge part of my life and the times with the band have resulted in more memories than an average person collects in a lifetime.'"
DEATHSTARS' debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — was released through Nuclear Blast in November 2003.
The Swedish band, in existence since January 2000, were previously known as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ranks former DISSECTION drummer Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (brother of DISSECTION leader Jon).