RAPTURE Parts Ways With Singer

December 24, 2007

Finnish atmospheric doom/death metallers RAPTURE have announced the departure of vocalist Henri "HV" Villberg.

"I have decided to part ways with the band and give my full attention to other projects I feel more close to me," Villberg said in a statement "There is plenty of reasons (I leave unmentioned) to end up to this decision but for you to know our ways separated in good terms. I wish the band good luck, the very best for the future. Create more these amazing albums!"

RAPTURE's third album, "Silent Stage", was released in 2005 via Spikefarm Records.

Formed in 1997 by former members of BARATHRUM, DIABLERIE, ENSIFERUM, FINNTROLL, FRAGILE HOLLOW, THE MIST AND THE MORNING DEW, RAIN PAINT, SHAPE OF DESPAIR and THY SERPENT, RAPTURE issued its debut album, "Futile", in early 2000. The album was also licensed to Relapse Records for distribution outside of Finland. In early 2002, the band recorded its second effort, titled "Songs for the Withering".

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/rapturefin.

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