After 17 years of blood, sweat, and tears behind the kit, seasoned drummer Daniel Svensson has decided to end his stay with In Flames. In his message to fans, Svensson cites focusing on his family as his primary deciding factor.
“Time to turn the page…
“I have decided to close my chapter in IN FLAMES after finishing up this current tour.
“It has truly been a fantastic journey and I want to thank Anders, Björn, Peter, Jesper and Niclas from the bottom of my heart for all great memories and experiences that we’ve shared during the last 17 years (!) together.
“It’s hard to leave what have become my second family, but now it’s time for me to take care and spend more time with the most important people in my life — my wife and my three daughters.
“Perhaps some of you of will see me again, as I will start my very own brewery in a very near future. Something I am just as passionate about as IN FLAMES.
“I wish my friends in the band, the whole crew and everyone that’s working for IN FLAMES the very best in the future.
“To you, all fans around the world, I want to say, thank you, massively, for all the support you have shown during my years in the band.”
While this news is of course not the best, it has certainly got fans talking considering Daniel mentioned Jesper in his final thank you. After all, guitarist Bjorn Gelotte was once behind the kit for In Flames during some of their best years. Could the departure of Daniel lead to a reunion of sorts bringing back the “old” In Flames? Or will they just get another drummer and continue down the path they are going? I, for one, hope it leans more towards the former.