Lead guitarist Martin Arendal has left Danish metallers MANTICORA for “personal” reasons.
Comments guitarist Kristian Larsen: “We (the remaining four members of the band), of course, respect [Martin‘s] decision, and even if we’ll miss our buddy and will have to find a new guy — NOT an easy task, we should say, given Martin‘s talent and skills — we understand Martin‘s situation and we’ll continue writing material as a four-piece so far.
“As it is, we’re not actively looking for a new lead guitarist immediately, as we’re mostly writing new material at the moment, but if you’re a fantastically skilled guitarist and you feel that you have what it takes to replace Martin, feel free to contact us, and we’ll check you out.”
MANTICORA is working on material for its eighth full-length album. The band previously released seven CDs over an 11-year period, completes six European and one U.S. tours and played a number of festivals in Europe and the U.S.
Due to a lot of personal tragedy, the band went into a writing/touring hiatus following the release of 2010’s “Safe” and has only been playing festival shows for the last couple of years. However, MANTICORA promises all of its fans that it will be back, re-energized a and stronger than ever and ready to deliver another 15 years of dark and powerful metal.