official web site just announced that Ville Vänni
, their guitarist, will soon resign from the Finnish band. After 10 years within the band, Ville says he doesn't have enough time anymore to juggle his career as a surgeon, his personal life (his wife will soon give birth to their first child), and Insomnium
Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum) will replace Ville Vänni
after a few last shows in Finland.
Here is the public message of Ville to the fans and the band :
Time is now ripe to share the news about line-up changes in the Insomnium
camp. With a heavy heart I have reached the decision to resign from Insomnium
. The decision is mutual and final, and there is no big drama behind it.
During the last year I have found myself in a limbo of constant lack of time and impossible schedules. Combining a general surgeon’s career with a busy metal band like Insomnium
has already taken years of precise timing, and the candle has been burning from both ends for years now. At the same time, Insomnium
has grown bigger demanding more and more time. As a result, I have gradually come to a painful realization that I can not meet the needs of this roller coaster ride any more.
This decision was hard to make and accept for all of us. Insomnium
has been like a family and the band mates have been (and will still remain) my best and closest friends. For not being able to give my 100% would only be letting them down. The reason why this decision is made flesh right now is that I will not be able to attend the One For Sorrow European tour. My wife is due to give birth to our first son and it is my responsibility, duty and choice to be home at that time. I will play two first shows in Finland and then bid farewell.
However, the burden of this decision is lightened by the fact that Insomnium
will go on and even grow stronger after my retirement. Markus Vanhala from Omnium Gatherum will take my place as a full-time guitarist in Insomnium
. He is a good friend and an excellent musician and has already been replacing me and Ville F. on several occasions.
Thank you Niilo, Ville and Markus for a decade of good times and a lifetime of friendship and unforgettable memories. And thank you all Insomnium
fans, it is you who made this all possible! See you on the coming shows!"
And here is the reply of the band :
"We all want to thank Ville for everything and totally support him
with his decision. We've been together for ten years with this line-up and it has been a great ride. We've been a band of brothers, we've been a family. Nothing will ever change that.
This is the beginning of a new era for Insomnium
. Sometimes a change is needed to keep the band going. Luckily we have got the best possible man to fill the vacancy, our good friend Markus Vanhala, who is best known as the songwriter and lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum. Markus will naturally continue in Omnium Gatherum and unfortunately our tour schedules collide in November when OG is participating the Neckbreaker's Ball. As a result, we’ll have Tuomas Jäppinen as a second guitarist for the first seven evenings of the tour. Tuomas is also our old buddy and he is best known as the songwriter and lead guitarist of Enter My Silence. Tuomas is doing us a huge favour in delivering a killer show every night. So, make sure Tuomas feels welcomed when he hits the stage! Markus will join our ranks in München and play all the German shows on the tour.
Dear friends, do not take these news too heavily. Insomnium
is not dying or withering away - we will be stronger than ever and we will keep touring and making new music. Give Ville Vänni
the kind of farewell shows he deserves and come to see us perform in Joensuu on Nov 4th and Helsinki on Nov 5th. Then come and meet the new gang on the Euro Tour. See you soon!"