Just weeks after releasing the symphonically swirling ‘Requiem for the Indifferent,’ Dutch metal band Epica have parted ways with bassist Yves Huts. He had been a member of the band since the very beginning, but has decided that it is time to move on and follow a different career path that would not be sustainable if he were to remain a touring musician.

It appears to be an amicable split, as the band wished Huts well in a post on its official website in addition to welcoming Rob van der Loo to the fold as his replacement. Luckily Epica were able to fill the vacancy quickly without losing any momentum while trying to find a new bassist.

Below is the band’s statement on Huts’ exit:

Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica’s success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!

The silver lining to this cloud is that we can already announce an awesome successor. Fulfilling duties on bass from now on will be none other than Rob van der Loo. You might know Rob from his work with Mayan or Delain. We are sure that Rob will fit perfectly as a musician and as a person, and we are looking forward to share the stage for the first time next week.

Huts himself commented on his departure, stating:

013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I’m leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world-touring band. I’ve tried to live these two different lives simultaneously for as long as I could, but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life.

I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.

Van der Loo also issued a comment about his new gig, one which he is super stoked about.

A few days ago I spoke to Yves and he brought back a memory from the time when EPICA was still a support band for one of my former bands. At that time he would never have guessed that almost 10 years later I’d be his successor in Epica.. Well, neither did I… but I’m damn proud of it! I’ve been sharing the stage with the people from Epica for almost 10 years now, and becoming a member of Mayan last year brought us even closer. So making the decision to join Epica feels pretty good. Therefore I want to show my gratitude to the bandmembers (including Yves) and the crew for allowing me in the Epica family! See you guys on the road! I won’t let you down!

It appears to be a seamless transition from Yves Huts to Rob van der Loo.

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