Finnish symphonic black metallers Shade Empire have announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Janne Niiranen, who has been part of the group for the last 14 years. The band has already announced Aapeli Kivimäki as the replacement on the guitarist spot.

Band statement: "As many of you may have noticed one is missing out. A few months after we'd record an Omega Arcane, Janne announced that he has other things in his life where he wants to focus on instead of guitar wanking.

"We have grown up together and played together 14 years so the case was not easy to deal with and still isn't. We lost a member of the band, but we did not lose a friend. Friendship will remain forever! After four great albums, after many great gigs and paths we respect you, Janne Niiranen, and we wish you all the best for the future.

"On the other hand we have also some good news to share with you. We have found a good person and great guitarist for the band. Aapeli Kivimäki from Soulfallen will join the SE roster. We are very excited of this and after first booze sessions Aapeli seems to be like one of us. So let's welcome him warmly on future gigs. Cheers!"

Band profile: Shade Empire
Posted: 22.04.2013 by Abattoir


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MetalSpider - 23.04.2013 at 00:37  
A shame he's leaving but good that they have a new guitarist from an equally awesome band!
garmling - 23.04.2013 at 18:19  
It's a weird decision considering they are about to release groundbreaking album which will for sure gather many more new fans for them (and more money)....just listened to the samples on amazon and I must say, they are overwhelming and absolutely majestic, almost in the league of latest Septicflesh offerings. this will for sure be one of the best albums this year, right next to new album from mighty Summoning!

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