Swedish death metal veterans Grave have parted ways with guitarist Magnus Martinsson.
The group claims Martinsson — who has played with Grave since 2008 — and his now-former bandmates made “this joint decision after going through plans for next year and we needed to address this within the band before we start the new album process. There aren’t now, and have never been, any hard feelings between us and we wish him the best in any future endeavors.”
I love that bands are taking that extra step these days to stress how amicable their partings are. It’s better than not addressing it. I think it’s safe to say that if a band simply says they’ve parted ways with a member, that means that shit was a hostile split.
“People develop on and off the field, and sometimes in different directions, and I feel I can’t fully commit to the band’s upcoming and intense touring plans,” Martinsson says. “So the time has come for me to pass the torch. No drama or bloodshed has occurred and I wish the guys all the best for the future.
“It’s been a great time since I joined Grave back in 2008; I have many amazing memories from our gigs, tours and travels together, and all amazing fans and friends out there. We’ve toured all over the world, toured together with great bands/guys like Nile, Misery Index, Belphegor, Krisiun and Vader, just to mention a few. It’s been a blast!”
Martinsson says folks should check out his new band Overtorture. Great name, dude. Grave, in the meantime, have recruited Mika Lagreen of Facebreaker for their upcoming Stockholm anniversary gig and subsequent album recording sessions.