Eluveitie has stated that the guitarist Simeon Koch has decided to leave the band. The band has made the statement in their official website. You can read the statement below :

We regret to inform you that Sime (guitars) is leaving Eluveitie.
Sime was thinking about this since quite a long time already and finally decided to take this step. He will set about some new goals in his life – both, vocational and familial – which will make it impossible for him to play in a touring band.

(live photo of Sime by Audrey Dujardin; more pics you can find here: audrey.dujardin.photography )

Sime was part of Eluveitie for 8 years now, part of our little, crazy family – and we will dearly miss him. But at the same time we’re thankful for the awesome time we spent together.
We wish him and his family all the best for his personal and vocational future!

Here you go with Sime’s personal statement:
„A couple of months ago I informed my band mates, that I’ll leave Eluveitie in September 2012 for familial reasons. It was a very tough call, it was difficult to make this decision – in a way the band is part of the family too, after all.
I will dearly miss Eluveitie. But fortunately the world (or rather Switzerland) is small: I will still play the upcoming shows in Solothurn’s Kofmehl and the Eluveitie & Friends festival with full commitment!
I wish the band all the best and accident-free upcoming tours!

We’d like to make you aware of two special shows:
Sime will share the stage with us as special guest on the 20th of September in the Kofmehl (Solothurn, CH) and on the 29th of December in the Eulachhalle (Eluveitie & Friends festival, Winterthur, CH)! Don’t miss it!

At the same time it’s about time to introduce you to the man who will follow in Sime’s footsteps!
His name is Rafael Salzmann and he will play the upcoming tours with us as a live session guitarist.

Rafael is a gifted musician and very skilled guitar player and he also already has been working together with Anna in the Soundfarm Studios. Now we’re looking forward a lot to rock the stages together with him!


As a huge fan of Eluveitie, I am sad to hear this news but at least there are no fights between him and the band so that’s good to know that all ended well 🙂 Eluveitie is getting ready to tour Europe with Sabaton in Swedish Empire Tour and they are also going to tour North America with Wintersun and Varg.