HERBRAND LARSEN LEAVES ENSLAVED

enslaved-band-picEnslaved have parted company with keyboardist / vocalist Herbrand Larsen.

Larsen had been with Enslaved for 13 years, and his departure was announced following the band’s performance at the New York By Norse event.

Enslaved’s vocalist / bassist Grutle Kjellson said, “There is no drama in connection with his departure, it was entirely his own decision, and we part ways as friends and with no bad blood in between us. We want to thank Herbrand for his duties in Enslaved in all these years, for standing alongside us on our adventures all over the world. We had some really good times on the road, in the recording studios and in our practice space. We raise our glasses, and wish you all the best on your next voyage! Thank you friend!”

Explaining his departure in greater detail, Larsen said, “I don’t have that 100% drive anymore, the drive you need to be in a band like Enslaved. Only 99% and that is not enough. It’s hard to explain but this is how it is. I remember all the shows we have done together. All the places we have been and all the fans that we’ve met. I remember meeting fans, telling me that our music really means something to them. I remember traveling places I never thought I would see. I remember working with extremely talented people. I remember tough times, sad times but most of all, all the good times. You have all been a huge part of my life and will still be.”

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  • ElFuegoDiablo

    Herbrand sang all the clean vocal passages on the last half dozen or so Enslaved albums (Grutle does the death growls) and did a great job of it. Sounded a little bit like David Gilmour, especially on the most heavily progressive Enslaved albums like “Vertebrae”. Given how important clean vox are to the band’s current sound, I hope they find a good replacement for him.