Exit: Thunderstone lead singer and keyboard player
‘Everything was done in good spirits and we thank the guys for an
unbelievably great and fun seven years and wish them all the best in
their private endeavors‘, according to a statement by the band.
split came at a very inconvenient time, however.
Thunderstone was just preparing for their European tour with Swedish power metal band Nocturnal Rites. As they didn’t want to let down the fans, the tour will go ahead as planned.
The band found top class musicians willing to fill in for Rantanen and Tornack at short notice: Stratovarius’ Swedish keyboard player Jens Johansson and on vocals Tommi ‘Tuple’ Salmela, who, together with Marco Hietala is responsible for the vocals in Finnish metal band Tarot.
The Nordic Metal Mayhem Tour 2007 will start on the 27th of October in Lenzburg, Switzerland and end at Hamburg’s Markthalle in Germany on the 11th of November.
Jens Johansson – Stratovarius
Tommi 'Tuple' Salmela – Tarot