Tiamat founder, composer and vocalist Johan Edlund has announced his departure from the Swedish gothic doom act Tiamat via the band's official Facebook page.
In the statement Edlund cites his health as a factor in his decision and gives his blessing for the band to continue without him.
“My health etc.. Doesn't work any longer. I say leave because I don't claim anything Tiamat. If the other guys wanna continue, fine.. Go ahead. Get a great good looking vocalist, sign to Century Media & just do it. But I'm out & not even interested apart from wishing all the best for the band. All contracts & such will be handed out to Anders, lars & Roger, if they're into it. I want nothing from this, I was spoiled too much of being an adult.”
Tiamat started in 1989 as part of the Scandinavian black metal scene and with albums like 'Clouds' and 'Wildhoney' moved into a more gothic doom direction, before moving into a purer gothic rock influenced style with albums like 'Skeleton Skeletron' and 'Prey'. The band's most recent album was 'The Scarred People' which was released in 2012.
Edlund will honour the band's remaining tour dates, but as of the time of writing there has been no statement from the rest of the band regarding whether they will continue beyond 2014.
For more information, please visit the band's official Facebook page.