||French extreme metal horde Svart Crown have announced that three years after joining the band, drummer Nicolas "Ranko" Muller is now leaving. The band, who released their last album Profane in 2013, will take a break this summer and announce plans for the future later on.
Ranko left this final message: "Dear friends, close ones and others, dear Svart Crown fans, I quietly announce to everyone of you that I leave the band. We're still friends, this decision is purely personal and natural to me. I'm thinking about it since a bunch of time. I want to be honest with one thing: I'm really proud to have been a part f this journey, I traveled around the whole world and met a lot of great people. Guys, I won't forget. I had the chance to be a part of it and I wish the best to the guy who will take my seat with those killer dudes, built for the stage and the road. I will stay active in music, don't worry for that, I just had to leave the 'big thing' because of positive changes in my life, that's why I'm just feeling good and I feel absolutely no regrets. I leave a great band, to make great things by myself, and everyone will continue the way we chose. I love everyone of you so much, I hope you will miss me a little, but be sure I stay near. Hail Satan, or something like that."
Mastermind JB Le Bail comments: "Time's passing and each one's priorities can change, but the band's entity stays the most important to me. Svart Crown is really demanding, in terms of personal investment, energy and time, and it's really different from the way of life that Ranko needs now. The band loses an outstanding musician and a roadmate, and we wish him the best for the future. But we'll be back stronger after a short break this summer, numerous plans are running for us. Everything will be announced ASAP, and nothing will stop us."