MEDICATED, the Finnish metal band featuring former IMPERANON vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen, has parted ways with guitarist Jesse Soiletsalo. The group says in a statement, "For a while, [Jesse] has been thinking what it is that he wants to do. This has led him to realize that MEDICATED isn't quite the band for him anymore. He will still continue making music through his own projects.
"Jesse is a great guitarist and we hope all the best for him. We have to continue on our own ways but the friendship between us will remain.
"Although our group is incomplete at the moment, it will not affect our process of making new music. So now we are working to get our songs ready and we will begin recording somewhere around turn of the year, as scheduled."
MEDICATED's video for the song "Scream For God" can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's "Magnum For Amen" EP, which was released last year.
Formed in 2005, MEDICATED describes its music as "thrash/death metal with big choruses, screaming and clean vocals, hard rhythms and fast lead guitars."
The band's current lineup is as follows:
Aleksi Sihvonen - Vocals
Samuli Hyttinen - Guitar
Jani Kinnunen - Bass
Pertti Pätsi - Drums
Earlier in the year, MEDICATED teamed up with STAM1NA, Timo Rautiainen, Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) and LEVERAGE for a short Finnish tour called "Kaveria ei jätetä" (translation: "Never leave a friend behind!") which collected money to help the voluntary youth mental healthcare in Finland.
For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.