Swedish heavy metal band Grand Magus have announced their departure with drummer Sebastian “Seb” Sippola who has left the band for personal reasons. The band has replaced Sippola with their new drummer Ludwig “Ludde” Witt (Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, Shining) in the wake of the recording process of the band’s upcoming release The Hunt.
Witt commented on joining the band: “I’m very happy to announce that I, Ludwig Witt, am the new drummer of Grand Magus. I’ve known [guitarist/vocalist] JB for over ten years and I’ve been a fan of Grand Magus since day one, so it’s great to be on board. At the moment I’m learning all the classic Grand Magus songs and I get a huge buzz from playing along to songs like ‘Kingslayer’ and ‘Like The Oar Strikes The Water’ so I can’t wait to get out and play the stuff live together with the new stuff from our new album, The Hunt. See you on the road.”
Sippola, who is leaving the band on good terms, commented: “It took a load off my mind that Ludwig was chosen because he is a friend of mine,” said Sippola. “By the way, honestly and objective: In my opinion Ludwig is the best replacement for mebecause he already knows JB and Fox [bass] and he exactly knows which demands the drumming at Grand Magus will make on him. They will be a great team and I’m really looking forward to see them live - though I have no idea, how my reaction will be in this situation.”
Guitarist JB added: “When Sebastian told us that he wanted to concentrate on his family and thus leave the band, it was a tough blow. How to move forward? I knew only one possible drummer who had the combination of old school rock drumming and metal chops like Sebastian and that’s Ludwig Witt who I knew through my tenure in Spiritual Beggars. Ludwig and I have stayed in touch after I left Beggars, and I knew he was busy with other bands, so I couldn’t really hope that he would be available. But like it was destined to happen Ludwig agreed to do the album and join the band. It’s weird, because just like it felt completely natural when Sebastian joined, it feels like Ludwig totally belongs in Magus! Ludwig is an awesome drummer and we are super excited to have him on board. We’ll pound out the metal together starting end of May. Prepare for The Hunt!”
The Hunt will be released June 5th via Nuclear Blast.