After being with the band for almost 17 years, we regretfully have to announce that drummer Grimbold will be leaving Slechtvalk by the end of this year. His decision did not come to us as a surprise, for we were aware that he suffered from motivation problems for quite some time and although he still likes to jam with us, he feels he can no longer commit himself to play more shows and record another album after this year. We had hoped that recording “Where Wandering Shadows and Mists Collide” and the great responses on his superb drumming would made him change his mind, but unfortunately his mind is set.
We’re thankful for the great contribution Grimbold has made to Slechtvalk‘s music during the past 2 decades and we’re glad that he’ll be with us until the end of this year, so we can still play some shows, while we search for a replacement. This means that if you are or know a drummer who would be a great asset to Slechtvalk, we have a vacancy for that position, which we would like to fill before the end of the summer, so we can work on new material and schedule shows for 2018.
Formed in 1999 as a one-man project by Shamgar. Slechtvalk‘s debut album “Falconry” was released in 2000, which received good reviews from various magazines.
During the following year a full band was formed and recorded and released its second album “The War that Plagues the Lands” and a split-album with Kekal (“Of Chaos and Warfare”) in 2002.
In 2004 the band entered the studio for a third installment: “At the Dawn of War” was released in 2005 together with a live-dvd recorded at Hedon, Zwolle (NL) entitled “Upon the Fields of Battle”.
In the following years, the band experienced some line-up changes and returned in 2010 with their masterpiece “A Forlorn Throne”, which was recorded in Sweden at Studio Mega by Johan Örnborg and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street (both known for their work with Opeth & Amon Amarth among others).
In 2015 Slechtvalk recorded their fifth studio album with Lasse Lammert at LSD-Studio (Germany), “Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide” is released on December 20th.
Check out our review of “Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide” here.
23 September – Rock Alive, Hedon, Zwolle (NL)