Gothenburg, Sweden-based psychedelic doom rockers GRAVEYARD have released the following statement:
"Sometimes in life you have to make decisions that are neither simple or easy to make. GRAVEYARD have — after a time filled with difficulties and a search for solutions — been forced to make such a decision.
"Due to personal problems with addiction, it has come to the point where Rikard [Edlund], to get the proper help, will have to take a break from touring with the band.
"Rikard is, without a doubt, still a member of GRAVEYARD, but as things are at the moment it just doesn't work and something has to be done. The other members give Rikard their full support and the time off needed to try to beat this.
"How this will affect the band — it is agreed upon by all four members that the show will go on and to do so the band will tour with a stand-in bassplayer.
"This has been a far-from-easy decision to make and the timing isn't the best. But GRAVEYARD as a band has its mind set on being around for a long time to come. And looking at it from that perspective, and Rikard's personal health, this is the only option. This is all the band have got to say about this somewhat personal matter and we'll give the final words to Rikard himself: 'After living the hard life for most of my life. It has come to the point that I have to take a break from playing the music that I love.'"
GRAVEYARD's third album, "Lights Out", was released on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. The "Goliath" single preceded the full-length CD on September 21 as a digital download and on seven-inch vinyl. The single includes a special non-album track, "Leaving You". The "Goliath" seven-inch vinyl was issued in four different colors, featuring four different cover artworks.