In Flames drummer Daniel Svensson has been with the band for 17 years. Or make that “was” in the band for 17 years. He took the band and its fans by surprise in announcing his departure from them. Here’s the statement he made on Saturday via the band’s Facebook page:
Time to turn the page..
I have decided to close my chapter in In Flames after finishing up this current tour.
It has truly been a fantastic journey and I want to thank Anders, Björn, Peter, Jesper and Niclas from the bottom of my heart, for all great memories and experiences that we’ve shared during the last 17 years(!) together.
It’s hard to leave what have become my second family, but now it’s time for me to take care and spend more time with the most important people in my life – my wife and my three daughters.
Perhaps some of you of will see me again, as I will start my very own brewery in a very near future. Something I am just as passionate about as In Flames.
I wish my friends in the band, the whole crew and everyone that’s working for In Flames the very best in the future. To you, all fans around the world, I want to say, thank you, massively, for all the support you have shown during my years in the band.
Svensson joined the band in 1998 after their third album, Whoracle, was released, and appeared on every album onward from the following year’s Colony. There’s been no update as to who the band’s next drummer is, but given that Svensson is still going to be playing on their European tour through November 20, it seems like they’ll have time to figure that out after the tour wraps up.