PETER LINDGREN, guitarist of Swedish progressive death metal legends OPETH has left the band to be replaced by Frederik Akesson.
FROM PETER LINDGREN:
"It is with sadness I announce that OPETH and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.
"The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grownfrom a few guys playing the music we love to a worldwide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll.
"OPETH has workedextremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what OPETH stands for. I will always love playing,listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.
"These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together.
"I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.
'I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they willcontinue doing the greatest music in the world!!"
Åkesson said, "First I would like to say that I'm really exited and honored to join OPETH — amazing band and really cool people. I understand that Peter will be missed. He is a great guitar player and a very nice guy... It will be hard to fill his shoes but I will do my best and more.