Cormorant Frontman Bounces

Arthur von Nagel

This is a supreme bum-out, to be certain.

A band I happen to dig a bunch, progressive black metal outfit Cormorant, have parted ways with their vocalist.

Also the band’s bassist and lyricist, Arthur von Nagel has issued a lengthy statement on his decision to leave the San Francisco group.

“It is with great deference and gratitude to our fans and supporters that I announce my departure from Cormorant. After the overwhelming reception for Dwellings and national tours with longtime personal heroes, I feel fortunate to end this chapter of my life on a high note,” says Art.

“Nick, Brennan, and Matt will continue to write and perform as Cormorant with my full support. The albums we created together were very personal to all of us, and I know the music they are composing now is of the same passion and honesty. I cherish our time working together, and I wish them the best.”

So why’s he done?

“I am taking a break from music to pursue my career in video games — another lifelong passion,” he says. I didn’t see that coming.

“Since May of this year, I have been at Telltale Games, hard at work on ‘The Walking Dead’ episodic adventure series. Contributing to the game’s development has afforded me artistic fulfillment I never thought possible professionally. Thanks to the many colleagues I count as friends and projects I care deeply about, I look forward to going to work every morning for the first time in my life.”

Hey dude, if you need anyone to do voiceovers for your games, I’m awesome, can do a ton of voices, and come cheap.

“I have nothing but the most sincere thanks to our fans. You are incredible. From the Lebanese diehard metalhead who smuggled his contraband Metazoa CD in from Saudi Arabia, to the gentleman of indigenous Australian descent who wrote to tell us how profoundly ‘The First Man’ had affected him, knowing that we’ve forged a connection with people through our music is the most gratifying,” he says. “I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to perform for our fans across the US this year. Meeting you all in person was a true pleasure. I only regret that a worldwide tour wasn’t possible!

“I’d like to thank the sound engineers and producers who made us sound our best, the publicists and journalists who wrote so beautifully about us, the visual artists who brought our music to life, the promoters who included us on such wonderful bills, and the bands with whom we shared the stage. While I have always taken great pride in Cormorant’s independence, so much of the band’s success is owed to your support.  I look forward to attending future Cormorant shows from the other side of the stage.”

The band claim to be diligently working on new material, with five songs already in various stages of completion.

A replacement for Art will be announced in the coming months, the band says, “but for now, we feel strong and confident as a trio and are enjoying writing some of the best music we’ve ever written.”

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