Welp. Didn’t see this coming.
Within the last hour, Swedish death metal band Grave announced that bassist Tobias Cristiansson and guitarist Mika Lagrén have left the band. Not only that, but their touring plans for 2024 are donezo.
According to a post on the band’s official Instagram profile, the two members seemingly left on good terms, but it leaves frontman Ola Lindgren and drummer Tomas Lagrén without a path forward.
“The past months have been quite overwhelming in the Grave camp. Two of our long-time members Mika Lagrén and Tobias Cristiansson have jumped ship and are no longer in the band. There is no bad blood between us and we wish them all the luck in their future endeavors.
“However this puts an enormous strain on the band and it’s hard to see what the future holds and if there even is a future. At this moment nothing is for sure and nothing is taken for granted.
“A decision has been made to halt all live activities for 2024 since there really is no line up which makes necessary preparations impossible.
“The main focus for this year will be to restructure the band if possible and to hopefully write/record and release a long awaited new studio album.
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As a result of the lineup change, Lindgren said the band will work to fill those empty positions and re-calibrate this year before working on their first new slate of new music since 2015.
So here’s hoping that Grave will be able to lose its “on hold” status and come back stronger than ever in 2025? Maybe?
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