KُEEP OF KALESSIN - Release New Video, Obsidian C. Takes Over Vocal Duties2013-03-29
Keep Of Kalessin premiered the new music video for the brand new track "Introspection" at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway yesterday but the band has shared it with the world today. So, take advantage of the opportunity and listen to the brand new song from the band HERE. Guitarist Obsidian C. also revealed some unexpected news to the crowd at Inferno. Not only does the video show the band from a different side, but Obsidian C. has now also taken over the vocal duties after singer Thebon seems to have disappeared in the African jungle, like literally, or so they say.
Guitarist and now also frontman Arnt "Obsidian Claw" Grønbech commented: "We haven't heard from him in 5 months. He went to South Africa with his girlfriend and we received no life sign or answers to our messages. Instead of waiting it out we just had to move on and I started testing the vocals in the studio myself, realizing my vocals were far from bad. I've always been the driving force of the band and I found it to be easier if I just managed to handle the vocals from now on instead of replacing Thebon with someone else. The worst part of this will of course be to do both vocals and guitars live, but it's all a matter of practice, really. We now feel that this is the way to go and that the band is in fact stronger than ever!"
According to the label, "the band also brings more of their 80's inspiration into this track with Obsidian C. showing a lot more of his impressive solo skills."
UPDATE: Thebon released this statement giving his side of the story: "I'm not missing in the jungle, I went to study and relax for three months and did not hear anything from the band in that time. I got a message about a band meeting a week ago, but didn't reply because I was preoccupied with other projects, and I was deciding if I wanted to continue with KOK. Today I read in a press release that they have recorded new music, and even made a video, and fired me in public at the Inferno Festival. Clearly this proves that they have made their decision about me quite some time ago. This kind of loyalty and friendship is exactly one of the reasons I have been considering leaving the band for quite some time now. I wish them all the best."