Swedish progressive metallers AMARAN have called it quits. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"This year comes to an end and we are sad to say that AMARAN does the same. Since Johanna [DePierre, vocals] left us in July we have really been struggling looking for a replacement. We have tried by contacts, friends, ads, headhunting, hostile kidnapping and threat without any success. Our bad luck always seems to keep up with us. This issue has simply unplugged our tub of motivation, and we all decided to put AMARAN six feet under.
"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in any way with us during these AMARAN years. As a final word, we suggest you to keep your eyes open during the forthcoming year. A new year seems to be a good time to start up something new..."
AMARAN's sophomore effort, "Pristine In Bondage", was released in January 2004 through Listenable Records. The follow-up to "A World Depraved" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and was the group's first since the departure of bassist Mikael Andersson (he had since been replaced by JULIE LAUGHS NO MORE drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl).
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