Tuesday, June 17, 2003 @ 10:13 AM
Drummer Ranta Bows Out From So
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Drummer Henry Ranta has split ways with Soilwork, for personal reasons. Replacing Ranta is Richard Evensand, formerly of such bands as Ebony Tears and Dog Faced Gods, and so Soilwork’s forthcoming tour with In Flames, Chimaira and Unearth will go as scheduled, beginning in Toronto on June 26th.
The following is a statement from Ranta on his decision to leave the band:
“I guess this is supposed to be a statement of why and when I decided to leave Soilwork, but since this is a well thought out decision (not an easy one though) I will try and keep away from the sentimental "Bullshit" and just focus on the hard facts. Combining my daytime job, rehearsing, recording and touring with Soilwork has basically worn me out. This didn't really make a difference the first couple of years in Soilwork, but as time went on I started digging a black hole for myself.
“For the past two years I haven't really found any joy playing, and with all the tours coming up this year I felt that it was time for me to leave. Playing in Soilwork has been my life 24/7 for five years now, and at one point last year, I started to open my eyes to a lot of things that has been neglecting, just because I had been too concentrated on one thing only.
“Basically I'm gonna start investing more time in things that are making me happy right now. Ill take a peek at the other side, and I'm pretty sure that I'll enjoy what I'll find But you're not gonna get rid of me yet though. It's not like I'm gonna stop playing drums. You will still hear me fucking shit up in The Defaced and other projects.
“A really big thanks to all Soilwork fans for amazing support throughout years - Love ya all!
“Finally I would like to say a big fucking "hell yeah" to the band for five beautiful years of insanity.”
For more info, please visit Soilwork’s official website at: Soilwork.org.