Memoriam has announced that Andy Whale is stepping down from the band due to family obligations. The band released a statement which you can read below. Whale was also a member of Bolt Thrower, which the band has its roots. Memoriam’s new album The Silent Vigil was released in March via Nuclear Blast.
“Those who know Andy will know he is a fiercely proud family man and father.
“He wants to be with the first love of his life, which is his partner and children, more and we cannot see a better and more admirable reason for a band departure.
“We are sure that Andy will continue playing in the future but we think he may well follow his more punk routes than death metal.
“This is not an acrimonious departure and we are sure that in the future he will jump behind the kit again with MEMORIAM on stage for a bit of a bash!
“So, on the 28th and 29th of September in Germany (Erfurt and Oberhausen), Andy will be doing his last live shows with MEMORIAM.
“So those that can, please come along and enjoy the events, join our party, have fun and give Andy a right good send-off.
“All other shows will still go ahead, but for now, let’s all wish Andy well in whatever endeavour he chooses to move on with.
“We have achieved so much in such a short time together as a band and our love for you will never diminish.
“Our love and respect always.”