After six years with the band, Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen is stepping away from their duties. Earlier today, Väyrynen released a statement about the decision.

“Dear fans and friends, I’m sad to announce that I’m leaving my position as the drummer of Paradise Lost. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m insanely proud to have been a part of this legendary band’s history, playing hundreds of shows across the globe and recording the last two studio albums.

“It needs to be emphasized that my decision involves absolutely no bad blood or drama whatsoever and I will forever consider the guys in the band my friends and I’m gonna miss them all dearly. I’d like to express my gratitude to Nick, Greg, Steve, Aaron, the management and the crew for everything and making me feel like home for the past 7 and a half years. Last but not least; thanks to all the fans around the world for your support over the years, it means everything to me!

“I wish the band all the best in their future endeavours and I’m looking forward to hearing which direction they are heading next. As for myself, I guess you’ll hear from me soon so this is not a goodbye. Cheers everyone!”

Väyrynen played with Paradise Lost on the band’s albums Medusa and Obsidian studio efforts, as well as various live records. Paradise Lost said the following in a press statement regarding the Väyrynen’s departure:

“Our drummer Waltteri has parted ways with Paradise Lost and we wish him all the best for the future. We welcome Guido Montanarini from Strigoi who will be taking up the drum stool for our upcoming European tour.”

Paradise Lost will be on tour through Europe from October 5 through November 13

Oct. 5, 2022 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
Oct. 6, 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 7, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Oct. 8, 2022 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
Oct. 9, 2022 – Katowice, Poland – P23
Oct. 11, 2022 – Plzeň-město, Czechia – Šeříkovka
Oct. 12, 2022 – Bratislava I, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Oct. 13, 2022 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
Oct. 14, 2022 – Parma, Italy – Campus Music Industry
Oct. 15, 2022 – Lausanne, Switzerland -Les Docks
Oct. 17, 2022 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Oct. 18, 2022 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo
Oct. 19, 2022 – Murcia, Spain – Garage Beat Club
Oct. 20, 2022 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Riviera
Oct. 22, 2022 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
Oct. 23, 2022 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Halle
Oct. 24, 2022 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie Artefact
Oct. 25, 2022 – Paris, France – Trabendo
Oct. 26, 2022 – Sint-niklaas, Belgium – De Casino
Oct. 28, 2022 – Aarhus, Denmark – Fonden Voxhall
Oct. 29, 2022 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Oct. 30, 2022 – Malmö, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
Nov. 1, 2022 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
Nov. 2, 2022 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Nov. 4, 2022 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Valand
Nov. 5, 2022 – Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
Nov. 7, 2022 – Jyväskylä, Finland – Lutakko
Nov. 8, 2022 – Tampere, Finland – Ravintola Klubi
Nov. 9, 2022 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia Club
Nov. 10, 2022 – Tallinn, Estonia – Helitehas
Nov. 11, 2022 – Rīga, Latvia – Palladium Riga
Nov. 12, 2022 – Vilnius, Lithuania – Kablys
Nov. 13, 2022 – Lublin, Poland – Polish Radio Lublin