Taken from the official Kiuas website:

Hello folks! We have some startling news: our lead singer Ilja Jalkanen has decided to leave the band after some serious thinking. The reasons for this are purely musical and the chemistry within the band has always been great. In Ilja's own words: "My heart is not in heavy metal anymore, and a great band like Kiuas deserves a singer completely dedicated to the music."

However, as all the fans know, although Ilja has been the voice of Kiuas for many years, his contribution to the songwriting has been very minimal and thus his departure won't affect the bands musical direction or diminish the power of the music in the future in any way. The fact is that Kiuas will be able to continue it's musical journey with passion only without Ilja - this is the only way to go.

Unfortunately Ilja won't be able to perform the gigs we have booked for October 29th-31st. We we're on the verge of cancelling them, but luckily we were able to get talented vocalist Asim Searah to stand in for Ilja on those gigs. We apologize for announcing this so late, but we had agreed with the local promoters to do the UK tour before we announced Ilja leaving the band.

We also have some good news: Ilja will still perform a farewell gig with Kiuas in Helsinki in January 2011. The exact date and venue will be announced later.


Source: kiuas.net
Band profile: Kiuas
 
Posted: 27.10.2010 by Baz Anderson



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Baz Anderson - 27.10.2010 at 17:58  
Well, as I put in my concert review of them a few days ago - Ilja made this band for me... it was probably his very not-metal vocal style that made me like him so much.
Crazy Booduh - 27.10.2010 at 18:19  
Damn, that really sucks. I think all the members are great, but Ilja was what put them over the top for me.
bluegreengod - 27.10.2010 at 19:02  
Hmmm this is too bad. They had kind of a neat sound with Ilja. Hopefully they find somebody good to replace him, as it sounds like they for sure will continue as a band.
MetalSpider - 27.10.2010 at 20:25  
I think they will still be a great band without him, but his vocal style and delivery really pushed the band further. Hopefully they can find a good replacement.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 27.10.2010 at 21:29  
Bad news...Hope the new vocalist will also be a non-standard one (= not a generic high-pitcher or something the like).
ZGoten - 27.10.2010 at 22:10  
NO! His singing is so unique, we need him. :O
moe5512 - 27.10.2010 at 22:21  
i really liked him, both on live and studio god dammit this sucks
Vitriolic Hate - 28.10.2010 at 00:29  
It sucks, He was a very good vocalist.
Novas - 28.10.2010 at 03:45  
Written by Baz Anderson on 27.10.2010 at 17:58

Well, as I put in my concert review of them a few days ago - Ilja made this band for me... it was probably his very not-metal vocal style that made me like him so much.

Excatly, same here...Y couldnt the vocalist just made himself a non-metal side band & go back & forth between Kiuas & that band ..like normal singers lol
MeTalRea|istiK - 28.10.2010 at 11:11  
Sucks!!this is bad news!!make my bad day badder!!
Icy - 28.10.2010 at 17:26  
He's the one who made this band special with his vocals. It just sucks.
Kennoth - 28.10.2010 at 19:20  
This sucks big time... I really like his harsh vocals.
Baz Anderson - 30.10.2010 at 20:51  
Here's a video of them with a stand-in singer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuZXKiQQneo

It's bloody awful. Kiuas might as well not carry on.

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