Singer announces his departure on Facebook.
Erlend Hjelvik has announced that he’ll be leaving Kvelertak via the band’s Facebook page, the full post is below. Hjelvik had been the band’s singer for the whole of their career with them receiving major exposure thanks to supporting Ghost on their Popestar tour and most recently supporting Metallica on a tour that lasted from September 2017 until May of this year. Kvelertak have four shows booked in Norway this summer which Hjevlik will not be performing at, including one on Friday so the band will need to find a new vocalist in a bit of a hurry or face cancelling.
Erland’s full statement:
“Hey, Erlend here, there is no easy way to say this, so I’ll just get straight to it.
It’s necessary for me to part ways with Kvelertak.
The experience of building a successful band has been fun and rewarding but has also been equally intense and challenging. Over the years, this has taken its toll. As we’ve been developing personally and professionally, our individual goals, needs and motivations have changed, leading us in different directions.
Though it is a heavy decision to leave a life I’ve been living and breathing for the last decade, I feel happy and excited to explore new possibilities for the future.
Regrettably, due to circumstances out of my control, I am not able to perform the last four shows in Norway this summer. I apologize to the festival organizers and fans planning on these shows.
I would like to thank Bjarte, Kjetil, Maciek, Marvin and Vidar, our crew, bands we’ve toured with and everyone else who has worked with Kvelertak. Most importantly, I appreciate our awesome fans that have made everything possible. I’m very proud and grateful for everything we’ve accomplished as Kvelertak. I am genuinely thankful for everything we’ve experienced together and wish the band the best of luck and success in the future.
Kvelertakk for meg!
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