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Guitarist Jesper Stromblad Quits In Flames

According to reports, guitarist Jesper Strömblad has quit Swedish metal outfit In Flames, saying in a statement that “it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently.” There is speculation that Strömblad’s addiction fueled his decision to leave.

While “the last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey,” Strömblad did not specifically explain the reason for his departure. “I’m also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the best fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all … and by the help from you guys, I’m on my way. I’m far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future.”

In Flames issued their own statement on the matter, saying that they were “losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend, this is probably for the best. If this feels right for Jesper, we are behind him 100 percent on his decision. It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that In Flames will continue as a band, release albums and tour the world. The door to In Flames is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be, behind Jesper 100 percent on his way to recovery.”

Strömblad had checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic early last year in order to receive treatment for his alcoholism.

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